Long Beach – At a press conference in a new parking lot at the corner of Ocean & Alamitos, Councilmember Suja Lowenthal announced today that residents will now be able to access over 760 new parking spaces and more than 150 currently available but unused parking spaces in the Second District. The announcement represents the first phase of diverse public/private partnerships and revised City policies that improve quality of life for residents in parking-impacted neighborhoods throughout Long Beach’s Second District.
It is the direct result of the Councilmember Suja Lowenthal’s first major legislative item – a series of parking initiatives unanimously passed by Council one month after she took office.
"I’ve received many calls and emails championing the focused attention that this issue deserves," said Lowenthal. "I see this parking initiative as a work in progress. If we focus on attaining any particular number of spaces, we limit ourselves to that number. Instead, this plan continuously works with the city’s fluctuating density and development. These measures should continue long after my own tenure."
The announcement comes after months of work with private partners and City staff, and residents are already responding. Over 200 residents were on a waiting list for 26 permitted spaces at the Shoreline Gateway parking lot just one week after the City announced the new spaces.
New overnight parking lots being opened to residents include the Junipero Beach parking lot at the foot of Junipero and Ocean Blvd; the Shoreline Gateway lot at the corner of Ocean and Alamitos; The Pike Bar & Grill at 4th and Esperanza; and Dragon House restaurant at the corner of Alamitos and 1st Street. In most cases, spaces will be permitted for safety and accountability reasons. Anyone who signs up for parking is selected via iPark, a new online registration and lottery selection database.
To improve overnight street parking, Councilmember Suja Lowenthal is also announcing street sweeping changes from 4 am – 8 am to 6 am – 8 am on Broadway and 4th Street. Other announcements include the finalization of the Second District Parking Commission; tightened enforcement of converted garages, split rooms, unregistered vehicles and abandoned vehicles; stronger discouragement of parking variances for new developments; and a new web-based system for residents to register and pay for parking permits at participating lots.
To encourage alternate modes of transportation, Councilmember Suja Lowenthal is working with City staff to place bike racks at lots and coordinate her parking initiative with the City’s bicycle master plan.
Residents are encouraged to track parking updates on Councilmember Suja Lowenthal’s website or call the office at (562) 570-6684 for more information.
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