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Friday, September 6, 2013
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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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I completely understand the frustration, but I don't get tired of the "mini-LA" comments. It's not even remotely accurate.

Num1UofAn (anonymous profile)
September 6, 2013 at 1:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I too understand the parking frustration. BUT, those of us who live in these downtown neighborhoods don't think our streets should be the parking lot for all the State St. employees either. As far as Canon Perdido St. is concerned I'm not sure what you're talking about. I've worked on W. Canon Perdido for 18 years and it's always been restricted parking. Take away the restricted parking and you will find zero places to park your car. Just like on Sundays.

Ryansbca (anonymous profile)
September 7, 2013 at 9:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Your streets? Since when do you own the street? Buying a home does not come with guraunteed street parking. Besides, no one forced you to live downtown.

The overly restrictive parking is an incredible money maker for the City. It's an extortion racket, plain and simple. And they're fleecing the people who can least afford it, since anyone who can afford it rents a spot from one of the overpriced lots close to State.

No parking Wednesdays 7am - 9am, except Sundays or Holidays or the second Tuesday after the lunar eclpise. I just fight every ticket I get. I refuse to take this lying down!

FightWoo (anonymous profile)
September 10, 2013 at 8:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Actually Ryansbca, the small section of Canon Perdido past Castillo was not 90-minute parking until recently. Also, in your defense you do own a part of the street you live on. But that would be your drive way.

Continue fighting the system FightWoo, especially on the lunar eclipse days. Those are the worst ones. They come out of nowhere.

KyleCalderon (anonymous profile)
September 16, 2013 at 9:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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