Chairman Buck called the regular meeting of the Transportation and Circulation Commission to order at 4:09 p.m.
Commissioner Ginter approved the October 4, 1999 minutes with the following changes; Page 1 to delete Craig Pals from the Commissioners present, Page 2, paragraph 11 should read "Commissioner Ginter observed that...", Page 7, non-agenda items paragraph 1 should read "Chairman Buck was requested to call....", Page 6, paragraph 3 should read "Urban Rail", and Page 9, paragraph 1 should read "Commissioner Ginter volunteered...". Commissioner Hardwick seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
City Traffic Engineer Mark Miller stated that this request did not meet the requirements for the overnight exemption. These homes have two-car garages with sufficient length driveways. Staff's recommendation was to deny this request.
Commissioner French moved to accept staff's recommendation and Commissioner Ginter seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 4-2 vote. (Commissioners DiCostanzo and Hardwick opposed)
City Traffic Engineer Mark Miller stated that staff received a request from Mr. Solomon, 2000 Rolling Hills Drive, to remove the overnight parking restrictions on Live Oak Avenue between Rolling Hills Drive and its southerly terminus. This request was first brought before the Commission in August 1996 and was denied by the Commission.
Live Oak is a 36-foot-wide residential street, which terminates on the south with a cul-de-sac. It is comprised of nine single-family properties on the west side and five single-family properties on the east side. The accident history for the past twelve months indicated no reported accidents.
The Fullerton Municipal Code provides for the overnight exemptions where a majority of property owners on both sides of the street are in favor of the exemption and a parking deficiency exists. A parking deficiency is defined as "not meeting the current minimum parking requirements for the same type of land use." For single-family homes the minimum off-street parking requirement is a two-car garage. Sixty-seven percent of the property owners on the west side and sixty percent of the property owners on the east side signed the petition.
Staff observed that the majority of the homes on this street have two-car garages. Three of the properties have short driveways that prevent a car from being parked without overhanging the sidewalk. Based on staff's observations, the properties adjacent to Live Oak Avenue are not considered deficient according to the standards that were approved by the City Council. Staff's recommendation was to deny the request.
Commissioner Ginter stated that in August of 1996 the motion failed due to a tie vote. City Traffic Engineer Miller stated that he has no record of the residents appealing to the City Council.
Commissioner Buck asked which homes have the short driveways. City Traffic Engineer Miller stated that 2000 and 2841 Live Oak Avenue and 2000 Mimosa Place have short driveways.
Public comment was opened.
Mr. John Lennon, 2000 Mimosa Place, stated that when his vehicles are parked in his driveway, they overhang onto the sidewalk.
Commissioner French asked Mr. Lennon if he utilizes his garage to park his cars. Commissioner Hardwick asked Mr. Lennon how many cars belong to his family and if they are all being used.
Mr. John Lennon stated that he has used his garage, but it is not wide enough to park two cars. He could park one car in the garage and two in the driveway, but they are blocking the sidewalk. He has three cars, all being used.
Kelly Spies, 2841 Live Oak Avenue, stated that with the short driveways, larger families, and multiple cars, they need the extra space for parking.
Commissioner French asked Ms. Spies if she was aware that if the restriction was removed, other people could park on Live Oak as well. She acknowledged that she was aware of this fact.
Ed Dahms, 2008 Beechwood Avenue, stated that the overnight restrictions serve no purpose in this particular neighborhood.
Ty Dundson (Mr. Lennon's grandson), 2000 Mimosa Place, stated that they have received two parking tickets for parking in their driveway overnight because the car blocked the sidewalk.
Vicki Solomon, 2000 Rolling Hills Drive, concurred with what has been said. She has four cars and has received four parking tickets.
Albert Solomon, 2000 Rolling Hills Drive, stated that he was the petitioner, and that he has been following the matter for a number of years. He was aware of the tie vote in 1996. He believes that the City needs to adapt an archaic ordinance in certain areas. Mr. Solomon is not against overnight restrictions in areas that need them, but in this area there are deficient homes that were built without code to allow them to have decent driveways. Mr. Solomon stated that he has paid for parking tickets received by his visitors.
Thomas Williford, 2757 Live Oak Avenue, stated that several homes have five-foot driveways and if a car is parked, it overhangs the sidewalk; and there are more than three homes with short driveways. Mr. Williford stated that the restriction needs to be lifted. He has received two citations for forgetting to park his car far enough away from the street. It is a problem for many residents.
Public comment was closed.
Commissioner Hardwick stated that he supports the residents' desire to remove the overnight parking restrictions.
Commissioner DiCostanzo stated that the current criteria might not be sufficient. The guidelines need to be analyzed and addressed to meet today's needs.
Commissioner Ginter opposed staff's recommendation because Live Oak Avenue is a dead-end street with no through traffic; it does not have emergency vehicle access problems, and has good neighborhood watch, and made a motion to allow on-street parking during restricted hours. Commissioner French seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously.
City Traffic Engineer Mark Miller stated that staff received a petition to remove the overnight parking restriction on both sides of Orange Avenue between Olive Avenue and Ash Avenue.
Orange Avenue is a residential street 36-feet wide, having a 25 miles per hour speed limit and no reported accidents in the past 12 months. There are eight single-family properties on the west side and seven single-family properties on the east side. Eighty-eight percent of the property owners on the west side of the street and fifty-seven percent on the east side signed the petition, which meets the majority requirements. Staff observed that on the west side there are two-car garages with standard driveways. The east side properties have two-car garages that are off the alley without driveways, and parking in the alley is prohibited. Based on staff's observations, the street is not considered deficient as defined by the City Council. Staff therefore recommended that the Commission deny the request for the overnight parking on both sides of Orange Avenue between Olive Avenue and Ash Avenue.
Responding to Commissioner DiCostanzo's request for a definition of a two-car garage, City Traffic Engineer Miller stated that according to today's standards, there is room for two cars to be parked, however, he did not know the required dimensions.
Commissioner Buck asked if the City Council determined the parking standards and what was the basis for requiring a two-car garage.
City Traffic Engineer Miller stated that the procedure was adopted by the City Council in 1993 defining the parking deficiency as not meeting the current minimum parking requirements for the same type of land use. For a single family, the minimum off-street parking requirement is a two-car garage. Director of Engineering Hodson stated that he thought the definition referred to the number of parking spaces required for the type of development; or for residential, the number of garage spaces that would be required.
Public comment was opened.
Margo Martinet, tenant at 713 South Orange Avenue, stated that the garages do not meet today's standards; she is unable to get more than one car in her garage. She has a big enough driveway to park her cars, but she was more concerned with the properties on the opposite side of the street, which do not have any driveways. Several of these neighbors have two or more cars, which they are unable to park in their garages. She advised that one resident refused to sign the petition; two properties are rentals (719 and 720), and the landlords were not reached in time to sign the petition; and one property is being sold. Other residents were unable to attend this meeting because they are working. Ms. Martinet further stated that she received a ticket because she was unaware of the ordinance.
Commissioner Buck asked Ms. Martinet if she was aware that if the parking restriction was lifted, people from neighboring blocks could park on her street. Commissioner Hardwick also asked how many cars she has. Ms. Martinet responded that she was aware that anyone could park in front of her house; and she has four cars, all working and registered.
Maurice Poole, 619 South Orange Avenue, advised that he signed the petition and that he has received many tickets. He stated that since Orange Avenue is the main entrance to Nicholas Junior High, it does concern him about the traffic, especially if cars are going to be parked on both sides of the street. Mr. Poole asked if the Commissioners have received traffic reports for Orange Avenue for the morning and the evening when parents come to pick up their kids. Mr. Poole suggested that a study be done.
Public Comment was closed.
Commissioner French stated that it bothered her that the residents on the east side did not attend the meeting to address this item. She stated that the limitations they have coming in from the alley and putting two cars in the garage would be difficult.
Commissioner Mercado asked if there was a concrete sidewalk along Orange Avenue. City Traffic Engineer Miller stated that there were sidewalks on both sides of the street.
Commissioner French asked if the school buses use Orange Avenue. Mr. Poole stated that the buses do use Orange Avenue.
Commissioner Buck asked if the parking restriction could be removed from only one side of the street. Director of Engineering Hodson stated that is an option.
Commissioner Ginter moved that overnight parking be allowed on the east side of Orange Avenue and Commissioner Hardwick seconded the motion. The motion passed 4 to 2 (Commissioners French and Mercado opposed).
City Traffic Engineer Mark Miller stated that this request came from Mr. Mike Brito, Director of Transportation for the Fullerton School District.
Staff performed a study at the intersection of Pacific Drive and Gage Avenue. Pacific Drive is a residential street on the east side of Orangethorpe Elementary School, which has about 1,500 cars traveling southbound and 800 cars traveling northbound per day. It has a 25 mph speed limit and is 36 feet wide from curb to curb. Staff investigated all the signing on Pacific Drive and determined that the street is properly signed, posted, and striped for the school crosswalk. On-street parking is permitted on both sides except for the overnight parking restriction. Staff was requested by the school and the School District to install a crosswalk leading out of the back of the school. The school has provided an opening in the fence for this crosswalk. Construction at the school will be going on approximately six months. Since this relocation, a performance study was done to see whether a crossing guard is warranted. Staff's study has determined that this location does not meet the minimum warrants established by the City Council and the Caltrans Traffic Manual for placement of a pedestrian crossing guard, and it was recommended that a crossing guard not be placed at this time.
In response to Commissioner French's question, Consultant Traffic Engineer Miller stated that the request from the School District was to determine if the warrants are met for a crossing guard at this location. The vehicle code requires that a study be completed and the findings be reported to the School District. Staff believes this activity falls within the purview of the Commission, requiring its concurrence and/or input on decisions for the crossing guards.
Commissioner Buck asked what changes the construction has made at this location.
City Traffic Engineer Miller stated that parents previously dropped their children off in the north parking lot and circulated out. The construction equipment and trailers are now located in that lot, and the school has instructed the children not to walk through the construction area. The location is temporary, it does not meet the necessary warrants, and staff does not recommend placing a crossing guard there.
Commissioner Ginter asked the cost for the crossing guard, and if this cost is shared by the city and the School District. City Traffic Engineer Miller stated that where crossing guards are warranted, the cost is 50/50.
Public comment was opened.
Mike Brito, Director of Transportation for the Fullerton School District, stated there are a number of schools under construction. The district asked for a study to be done to determine whether or not warrants are met for crossing guards at several different locations. Parents are concerned about the safety of their children, and the district wanted to make sure that it was addressing this issue. It is the desire of the district that the Transportation and CirculationCommission adhere to and agree to the study and its results. The Fullerton School District does pay 50% of the cost for crossing guards.
Public comment was closed.
Commissioner Hardwick made a motion to place a temporary crossing guard at Orangethorpe Elementary School until the completion of construction, and contingent upon the School District accepting its 50% share. Commissioner DiCostanzo seconded and the motion passed 5-1 (Commissioner Mercado opposed).
City Traffic Engineer Mark Miller stated that this request does not meet the warrants for a crossing guard at both locations.
Commissioner French stated that she did not think there were any suggested routes to school, however, the term was used in the staff report. City Traffic Engineer Miller stated she was correct, but it is part of the warrant. Director of Engineering Hodson stated that all routes, unless children are precluded from using them, are routes to school for purposes of the warrant.
Commissioner Buck asked the location for the traffic count on Puente Street. He also asked if figures were available for the number of cars coming out of Beechwood Avenue and the direction in which they turn.
City Traffic Engineer Miller stated that the traffic count was taken between Beechwood Avenue and Sandlewood Avenue. There were 76 vehicles coming out of Beechwood between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Of the 76 vehicles, 57 went right and 19 went left. From 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., 48 went right and 19 went left.
City Traffic Engineer Miller stated that the school is not fully utilized as far as the number of children attending. Staff would like to restudy this issue next school year to see if the warrants are met at either location.
Public comment was opened.
Mike Brito, Director of Transportation for Fullerton School District, stated that the School District looks to the City for advice based on studies, and accepts the City's recommendation.
Public comment was closed.
Commissioner French made a motion to accept staff's recommendation and Commissioner Hardwick seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Ginter requested that this be restudied in the next school year.
City Traffic Engineer Mark Miller stated that Mr. Vesal, business owner of 159 West Wilshire Avenue, made this request. He is requesting the north curb of Wilshire Avenue, located in front of the market, to be designated as a twenty-minute loading/unloading zone. Staff spoke to the Mr. Vesal and suggested that a better location for his request would be on Malden Avenue. Staff recommended 40 feet of a twenty-minute loading/unloading zone between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. All other hours would remain unrestricted parking.
Commissioner Hardwick made a motion to accept staff's recommendation. Commissioner Ginter seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
City Traffic Engineer Mark Miller stated that this issue was presented to the City Council on September 7, 1999, to consider a request from the East Fullerton Little League to make improvements to the concession building and the picnic area at Chapman Park. Public comment indicated that there were issues to be addressed regarding the existing parking surrounding Chapman Park.
The City Council directed staff to investigate feasibility of implementing diagonal and/or perpendicular parking on San Carlos Drive and present these options to the Commission. The T&CC received a petition from San Carlos residents several months ago requesting an overnight parking exemption on the east side. The Commission denied the request, which was subsequently appealed to and approved by the City Council.
San Carlos is a 60-foot-wide residential street, having a 25-mph prima facie speed limit and no accidents reported in the past 12 months. Parking is permitted on both sides on San Carlos and overnight parking is allowed on the east side. Parking on the west side currently allows for 29 vehicles to park parallel to the curb based on 25 feet per car.
Staff presented four proposals. Proposal A allows for the implementation of approximately 42 compact (60 angle parking) and 12 parallel parking spaces, or 37 standard (60 angle parking) and 12 parallel spaces. This would result in 42 feet of remaining roadway, allowing for two-way traffic and parallel parking on the east side. Proposal B allows for implementing approximately 50 compact (perpendicular parking) and 12 parallel spaces, or 44 standard (perpendicular parking) and 12 parallel spaces. This proposal would allow 44 feet of remaining roadway for two-way traffic plus parallel parking.
If the Commission decided to modify the parking on San Carlos, staff recommended Proposal B with standard size spaces, which allows for vehicles to go northbound on San Carlos to access the parking stalls much easier than trying to park in a diagonal space. Perpendicular parking provides more spaces, easier access, and better visibility. This would result in an additional 27 parking spaces on the west side of San Carlos. The residents on San Carlos were the only ones notified regarding the parking because it directly affects them.
Commissioner DiCostanzo asked if the Commission was making a decision that is contingent upon another decision being made.
Susan Hunt, Director of Community Services, reported that the Little League's request to enlarge the snack bar and install restrooms was denied by the City Council because there is too much neighborhood tension surrounding all of it. The Council suggested that staff meet with three residents, listen to their opinions, and see if something could be agreed upon. One of the residents' concerns is traffic congestion and suggested looking into the parking situation. Several of the Council members suggested the appropriate Commission review the potential of changing the parking to help alleviate the congestion around the perimeter and on the side streets.
Public comment was opened.
Robert Golden, 2500 San Carlos Drive, stated that he is against this proposal. He is unable to park in his driveway because it is only about five feet, not long enough to park a vehicle without overhanging the sidewalk. When there are games, he himself parks on the street to accommodate his guests. He has tolerated this situation for twelve years. Mr. Golden is also opposed to the proposal because the parking situation will double and will further jeopardize the safety of the neighborhood.
Jackie Scherer, 231 South Aquila Avenue, stated that she was instrumental in getting together a master plan for the park. She lives on the opposite side of the park and with diagonal parking spaces, she is concerned that drivers will back out, proceed on San Carlos, and come around to her street, which is only a two-lane street and is already congested. Ms. Scherer suggested that controlling the activity at the park would take half of the traffic away from the area. Residents are unable to get out of their driveways.
David Reger, 206 Costa Court stated that he opposes both proposals. Providing more parking spaces will provide more congestion. Mr. Reger would like the Police Department to provide more enforcement during ballpark time, and cite those who park illegally. He stated that the street dead ends and suggested putting a pedestrian gate through to Fender Avenue, allowing people to park there, which would draw congestion away from the park, San Carlos, and the entire area.
Craig Hostert, Boardmember for East Fullerton Little League, stated that parking is an issue. He advised that Little League and neighborhood representatives are currently in discussions to come up with ideas that might help the traffic issue. The Little League is in favor of whatever proposal that will satisfy or minimize the parking issue.
Commissioner DiCostanzo asked Mr. Hostert if he is in favor of one of the parking proposals. Mr. Hostert agrees with City Traffic Engineer Miller that the straight-in parking spaces are the safest and would probably work the best.
Anna Mendez, 2508 San Carlos Drive, stated that she is against the both proposals. She would rather see parallel parking against the curb with "T" markings leaving spaces between cars. Ms. Mendez stated that she brought a picture of a car blocking her neighbor's driveway. If she had to choose, she would like to leave it as parallel parking.
Community Services Director Hunt stated that both Little League and soccer use the park. Youth groups use every park and school in town. The Little League has written to the Community Services Commission stating that they will try to schedule games differently to reduce the use.
Public comment was closed.
Commissioner Hardwick stated that the most effective way is to have people park against the curb.
Commissioner Ginter stated that he was for the perpendicular parking. He made a motion to adopt staff's recommendation of Proposal B, and Commissioner Hardwick seconded. The vote failed with a 3-3 tie vote. (Commissioners DiCostanzo, Mercado, and Buck opposed)
Commissioner Hardwick asked Sergeant Baldwin if a special effort could be made to monitor the activities in the park and make sure that people are not blocking driveways. Sergeant Baldwin stated that parking patrol staff is on a Monday through Friday schedule. In the evenings it is a call-for-service situation. Patrolling on the weekend is done on a priority basis.
Commissioner Hardwick stated that the most effective use of this strip of land is for parking, and he supported Proposal B.
Commissioner Mercado stated that he did not feel that he had enough information on this situation.
Commissioner Buck stated that he felt that it was premature to vote on this and that the activity in the park should be reduced first.
Commissioner Hardwick stated that Proposal B is a more effective use of real estate. A resolution was just passed allowing people on San Carlos to park in front of their houses. Proposal B is a much more effective way to park vehicles than is currently being utilized.
Director of Engineering Hodson stated that the next City Council Agenda included the appointment of the new T&CC Commissioner.
Director of Engineering Hodson stated that at the December 6, 1999, meeting it will be recommended to move the January meeting to the second Monday in January to be certain of a quorum.
The meeting adjourned at 7:04 p.m. until the next regularly scheduled meeting on December 6, 1999, at 4:00 p.m.