By Robert Haugh
Vice Mayor Suds Jain recently proposed that the City study charging for parking in a lot of places.
At the August 30 City Council meeting, Jain initially proposed a future agenda item to discuss charging for parking at the Convention Center.
But he read a statement that was unclear. So Mayor Lisa Gillmor asked him some questions.
“Parking at the Community Center? Parking at the Library? Parking at the Senior Center? What are you talking about?” said Gillmor. “Please just clarify.”
Jain answered, “It could be anywhere where we have a shortage of parking.”
You can watch for the brief discussion here.
Jain didn’t provide many details. He mentioned Sunnyvale Baylands, the Santa Clara Marriot, and Westfield Valley Fair charging for parking, including for their employees.
Gillmor said, “I cannot even imagine charging for parking at City facilities.”
Councilmember Anthony Becker made the motion to add the item to a future agenda.
The motion passed 4-2 with Gillmor and Kathy Watanabe dissenting.
Councilmbers Karen Hardy and Kevin Park voted with Jain and Becker.
Raj Chahal was absent.
Christian Pellecchia and Larry McColloch, running against Hardy and Chahal, respectively, opposed charging for parking in the City.
“At a time when so many ordinary people are struggling to overcome the financial impacts of the pandemic,” wrote Pellecchia.
“This man incessantly seeks to make residents and business owners pay more for everything. He has clearly lost touch with reality.”
“I do not support a parking tax,” wrote McColloch.
“Without hearing the entire proposal or seeing Mr Jain’s full information which I do not 100 percent agree with, until then I can not formulate an educated decision,” wrote Becker.
“We couldn’t have full discussion at last meeting on the matter because it was just to put on the agenda so the item can be discussed in full.”
Hardy and Chahal declined to provide comment last week on Jain’s request.