Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Chance meeting with Assistant City Manager Margoles yesterday...

In city hall for another meeting during the day yesterday, I happened to bump into our Assistant City Manager Margoles.  Seems as though yours truly was the reason she was up at 2 a.m. attempting to form a response to the revelations regarding the parking meter system at the beach.  There was then an 8 a.m. meeting between the various "higher-ups."  Seems as though there is indeed a "2 hour minimum" stay at the beach.  When I asked if this was formally acted upon, she indicated that the idea was presented and no one objected so it found its way into city policy - one of those "consensuses" from a work session on the budget.  In response, the city is fashioning a sign that will indicate that there is a 2 hour minimum stay and word-smithing the sign is underway.  Some of the Commissioners have already seen some version of it.  She also said that they are planning and getting another machine for the top lot.

Parking revenue, not surprisingly, is way up and the "actual" figures generated by today's system are being used "going forward" for future revenue projections...hmmm.  Maybe someone thought there would be a shortfall otherwise?  Parking revenue from the beach is supposed to be paying for the lifeguards and the subsidy for the non-revenue producing pool.  The Casino building tenant leases are designed to pay off the debt and operating costs related to the Casino building itself, according to Ms. Margoles.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Awesome Wes. Now if they could only do something about the lines.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone remember the uproar over Greater Bay and the parking issue. Anti GB folks were telling everyone that the cost of parking would go way up with GB in control. Seems these same folks don't care when the city does it.

Anonymous said...

Stop the presses! Siting of Stanton and Mcvoy meeting at Farmer Girl just moments ago! This report comes on the heels of well founded suspicions that elected officials and staff are still in communication with Stanton to try to keep the lid on things prior to her attempt to gain employment. Looks like there truly is a shadow administration in play here....
Time to expedite the process of finding a new city manager so the house cleaning can commence and the city can move ahead.

Anonymous said...

Stanton's Beach Gang, headed by margolis makes the Gang that could't Shoot straight look like sharpshooters.
Is rent on the beach $22 or $30 dollars?
Is the maintence cost $7 or $14
Just what is staff managing at the beach? With $2,500,000 in cost overruns, maybe the debacle isn't yet complete.

Anonymous said...

9:19 I don't believe that you saw Stanton and Mcoy together today. there's no way Stanton could do anything in this city with LA knowing about it.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps she had her Largo "Steve" disguise and that is OK.

Russ said...

None of this is surprising, really. Iffy math and double-charging meters to make up revenue for a project spiraling beyond pie-in-the-sky expectations sounds perfectly normal. And remember, we're in a long-term financial arrangement with the county to boot. It gets better when the curtains are drawn back. Many of the people most upset with beach parking costs and loss of city privileges are the same people that shot down the muni bond rollover to rehab the beach, well before Greater Bay. Campaigned against it with "no new taxes" flyers rife with lies. They'd now be enjoying the beach with their unlimited parking pass, the sting of 3 cents per $1000 added to their property taxes long gone. Wonder how they feel about long-term city investments now?

Anonymous said...

Russ do you think you could get a straight answer out of them if you were able to ask them?

Anonymous said...

Stanton knows where all the skeletons are buried. McVoy & Mulvehill are the only remainder of the Cabal, so they are on the firing line.
The large cost overruns on the beach are just a start. Not only are there more to come, but the legality of the form and content of the Right of First Refusal granted Mulvehill's campaign contributor's is one of the next ticking bombs.
Talk about chickens coming home to roost.