Napa will modernize its parking enforcement equipment and look into a ban on evading time limits on downtown vehicle spaces, officials announced in response to a county grand jury report calling on the city to garner more money from its downtown parking.
Over the next year, the city parking enforcement division will replace obsolete camera equipment it uses to detect parking violations, and the City Council will weigh a possible ban on “re-parking” cars from space to space to avoid caps of two to three hours on busy streets.
The changes would be part of a streamlining that also includes hiring a parking manager to oversee all aspects of vehicle manager in Napa’s core.
Police Chief Steve Potter and Community Development Director Rick Tooker announced the upcoming changes last week in Napa’s official reply to county grand jurors, which the City Council endorsed Tuesday.
Published in June, the grand jury’s 14-page statement suggested Napa was missing out on revenue because of understaffing and old equipment in its two-person parking enforcement team. Authors also advised the city to make more efficient use of its vehicle spaces on streets, surface lots and garages, and to head off what they called a mounting shortage in the Oxbow district east of downtown.
The city’s response made no immediate promise of additional staff to catch parking scofflaws, saying such decisions will lie with the new parking manager. However, it did support discussion of a re-parking ordinance that would ban those moving their cars from a city block from…
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