|(Aug. 24, 2020, 5:25 p.m.) -- Reform ticket 2nd district Council candidate Robert Fox today (August 24) received the endorsement of "Transportation And Parking Solutions" (TAPS), the 2nd dist. grassroots group founded by parking impacted residents that sued and won a settlement requiring the City to conduct a parking study.
In December 2018, the group found itself stymied when 2nd district Council incumbent Jeannine Pearce declined to support TAPS' request to correct what TAPS professional parking consultant identified as serious flaws/omissions in the City-proffred parking study. Pearce's motion to "receive and file" (take no action) also failed to act on pleas by 2nd district residents to address the effects of downtown density (the "Downtown Plan") on 2nd district neighborhoods.
TAPS leader/co-founder and 2nd district resident Deb Dobias issued the following statement to Mr. Fox:
We are grateful that at least one candidate was interested in the mountain of work that so many people had done. You engaged with us and our nationally renowned parking consultant Mike Kodama to discuss real parking solutions. They actually exist, they are out there if we take them seriously, and you understood that. We are seriously keeping our fingers crossed that you win.
2nd dist. incumbent Pearce, who declined to seek a second term after she was censured by the Council for various actions during her first term, has endorsed Mr. Fox's opponent, Cindy Allen in a November 2020 runoff.
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On December 11. 2018, the Council voted 8-0 (Supernaw absent) on a motion by Pearce, seconded by Gonzalez, to "receive and file" (take no action on) a City-hired consultant's Alamitos Beach/downtown "parking study" and declined to seek additional data to address flaws/omissions cited by parking-impacted residents (TAPS) whose lawsuit produced a settlement that required the City to conduct such a study LBREPORT.com coverage here.+
][Dec. 2018 LBREPORT.com archival coverage] Neither Councilmembers Pearce nor Gonzalez chose to pursue flaws and omissions, cited with specificity by TAPS in the parking study and detailed in writing by its hired parking consultant...and no Council incumbents pursued (and Mayor Garcia didn't voice support for) Moratorium on acceptance of new development applications until the City has the data and professional evaluation that TAPS says is necessary to plan better for parking.
In the 1980s, Mr. Fox was among residents who fought then-City Hall/Council-enabled developer-driven "crackerbox" density. The City Hall enabled increased density left 2nd district residents permantly parking impacted...
On August 17, Mr. Fox received the endorsement of HONOR PAC, a prominent Latinx LGBTQ political organization.
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