City Council narrowly approves 'Quiet Zone'

February 17, 2011|By Barbara Diamond,

A parking plan designed to limit late-night noise near Mozambique squeaked past the City Council Tuesday night.

The council voted 3-2 to approve a "Quiet Zone" that restricts nighttime parking to vehicles with shopper's permits or residence-specific guest passes on both sides of Glenneyre Street up to, but not including, Carmelita Street, between both sides of Center Street to, but not including, Bluebird Canyon Drive. The council also approved preparation of a coastal development permit as recommended in a last-minute communiqué from the California Coastal Commission.

"I am afraid either the program will be a success or fail," said Councilwoman Verna Rollinger, who voted with Mayor Pro Tem Jane Egly against the proposal.


"People will either park in front of your home or somebody else's and have to pass your house to get there. If it succeeds, I can see it popping up all over town."

Some requests popped up at the meeting.

"I would really, really appreciate it if you could include both sides of Carmelita," Mary Rabe said.

Annette Stephens, who owns property near the corner of Glenneyre and Calliope streets, said that although the council's goal is to bring tranquility to the neighborhood, her problem is parking. She also asked to have the zone expanded.

The program resulted from meetings between restaurant representatives and neighbors, and was triggered by a litany of complaints about the conduct of patrons of the restaurant and bar who park their vehicles on neighborhood streets rather than use valet parking provided by Mozambique. It will be reviewed in September.

"Neighborhood participation is an accommodation, not an endorsement of Mozambique," said Mallory McCamant. "We will be back in September. I hope it will be a success. If not, we will ask you to enforce the [conditional use permit]."

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rose Hancock said the chamber's Government Affairs Committee supported the test, but suggested starting the restricted parking an hour later than the proposed 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and also questioned how the success or failure of the test would be measured.

"It might be helpful to have the residents keep a log," Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson said. However, Boyd said that wasn't and probably shouldn't be the neighbors' job.

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