Saturday, November 8, 2008

Politics, Parking and Business

Parking, like traffic is a constant concern, not only in large cities, but also in small towns like Seal Beach.  One of the things that Seal Beach has going for it is non-metered 2 hour parking on Main Street.  This certainly is convenient for shoppers in our town.  However, parking can be a limiting factor when zoning codes run up against business centers - like in the Seal Beach Center.  Long story short: the Zoning Code is under referendum. The parking spaces were miscalculated for the Center.  Any change in the Code for shared parking is prohibited for 12 months.  So pretty much the vacancies can't be filled in the entire shopping center.

This code problem and the decisions of City Council have created ripple effects which are only just now being felt.  This is true for many things in business - the socio-economic & political environments dramatically affect business in ways which can never be fully anticipated.  This will be true for Proposition 8 as well.  All we can do as leaders in the business community is to lead by example and to provide as much support as possible.

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