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Loco over Parking


I do my fair share of walking and biking, but many days I want to drive to work because I love an extra hour of sleep coupled with my eight-hour-plus work shift. But is there a reason the city decided to make all of Canon Perdido a 90-minute zone? I have lived and worked in Santa Barbara my entire life, and it only gets harder and more dangerous for locals to find a spot to park.

Wednesday and Thursday street cleaning is enough to drive someone mad. Wednesday there is literally one block to park on at Ortega, and this is already quite a distance away from downtown. Thursday we get a whole two blocks. Three blocks for residents and commuters to share?

Santa Barbara needs to start treating its locals with more respect and stop worrying about tourism influx and moneymaking. We used to be a very close-knit town, not a miniature Los Angeles that insists on making people who have supported it for years to have to walk 15-plus minutes to try to survive in an already expensive city.

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