Downtown parking idea

Dear Editor:I think the one thing that makes Downey unique is the "old-town feel." Who knows Downey better than its own public servants? And that would certainly include our own Planning Department. I may be mistaken but I think you could put our entire downtown inside the Downey Landing's parking lot! The one thing I'm most concerned about is traffic. If I need to go downtown for anything I know I can park my car. I can get in and out in a timely fashion and I especially appreciate that. Most other cities I frequent on a regular basis have one-way streets and parking is a premium and only on a meter, or parking garage with a fee. The residential areas are permit parking only. These areas are strictly enforced with stiff fines for violators. Irvine is such a city and prestigious in its stature with many gated communities. Palm Springs, anyone? Perhaps we should relax our hiring freeze and entertain the idea of hiring some experienced person in this area of planning for our own Planning Department, which could serve our fair city in the future. Thus we kill two birds with one stone, and keep our tax dollars in our own county. - Jay Wells, Downey

********** Published: June 26, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 10