When the sun goes down, big-rig truck drivers parallel park on Baytech Drive in the Alviso neighborhood so they can rest for the night. It’s not illegal, but it is annoying, says City Councilman Kansen Chu.
Baytech is home to only a few office complexes, but Chu says overnight big rig parking is a problem in non-residential neighborhoods. Councilman Chu wants the Rules and Open Government Committee to discuss how to regulate the trucks when it meets Wednesday.
“There are several non-residential areas in the city where multiple big rigs park overnight, using dead-end streets or lightly traveled business areas as temporary truck stops,” Chu says in a memo.
The makeshift rest stops cost taxpayers money by wearing down city streets, Chu notes. Plus, they’re a nuisance to businesses and are unsafe because they narrow the drivable area of a street.
But right now, the city has no authority to cite them unless they break the 72-hour-in-one-spot rule.
Instead of posting up signs banning the semis from parking, Chu suggests the city adopt an outright ban on overnight parking for trucks weighing five or more tons. That way, police can collect fines and the onus is on truck companies to scope out designated commercial overnight parking spots.
• Recently, some happy couples taking prom photos at a public park were stopped and told they have to shell out $100 for a city permit to do that. Crazy, right?
Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen says the city should update that policy to apply only to commercial photography, pictures used for profit.
“Libraries, museums, community centers and performance spaces open doors to knowledge and ideas, culture and enjoyment,” she writes in her memo. “Without these and other community facilities, life could be colorless and difficult, especially for those who can’t afford to travel or to pay high prices for services. These public spaces are meant to be utilized by residents and that includes the freedom to take photos.”
• This spring Councilman Don Rocha asked City Manager Debra Figone to justify the way she’s recruiting executive job openings. Rocha says so many city department heads were promoted from within that he worried outside talent wasn’t given a chance to compete. The Rules Committee will hear a report on that Wednesday.
• Assembleymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) introduced AB 466, a bill that would update formulas used to decide how much federal transportation money is allocated to a given metro area. San Jose recommends supporting the bill.
• Mayor Chuck Reed recommends increasing Figone and City Attorney Richard Doyle’s annual salary by 2 percent starting in June to keep pace with increases for the city’s non-sworn bargaining units.
• After his nailbiting defeat in the county supervisor primary, city gadfly and mayoral contender David Wall has thrown his support behind Cindy Chavez.
WHAT: Rules and Open Government Committee meets
WHEN: 2pm Wednesday
WHERE: City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
INFO: City Clerk, 408.535.1260