Moves From Trucks to Passenger Vehicles: No Free Parking
Alan Lowenthal is a hypocrite. He is one of the many Senators
that are responsible for the continued existence of CARB but more than
that, he has
too much time on his hands. Time he uses to craft legislation
like SB518, now making its way through the Senate. Make no mistake, this bill is designed to get you out of
your car and on to public transportation.
It contains pages of new rules and regulations that will make it
difficult and expensive for you to drive to the places that you need to
go. Once you get to your destination, there will be no place to
even if there is a parking place, this bill will make sure that the fee
to park will be expensive.
Imagine if you will, the arrogance of a Senator telling everyone to
use public transportation while still carting his fat butt to the
office in a car. He is much to important to travel with the
public. Have you ever seen the Senator using public
transportation for his daily tasks? Well, actually you
have. You see the public pays for his car and his gas.
While he expects you and me to spend extra time commuting via public
transportation, and to make multiple trips on public transportation to
do grocery shopping--one or two bags at a time, Lowenthal is a high
paid Senator who continues to feed at the public trough. For him,
money is no object. He can still drive to work or go to the
supermarket and pay expensive parking fees because he is paid by the
public. For everybody else, he says use public transportation.
This bill is co-sponsored by Loni Hancock, another "useless waste of
skin", who has been at the forefront of preventing additional clean nuclear
energy in the State of California. These two, and those who voted yes
need to be thrown out of office. If you are in a district served
by one of the Senators that think SB518 is a good idea, it is time to make a
sign for your car or yard.
Tell others not to vote for these people who tell you how you must
live, while themselves living in the way that you want.
some excerpts from
the bill in its current form. These are the stated justifications
the bill. You can download
the entire bill and read the regulations
here. You can follow its progress at "State Surge".
(b) In 2006, the Legislature passed and the Governor
Assembly Bill 32 (Chapter 488 of the Statutes of 2006; hereafter AB
32), which requires the State of California to reduce its greenhouse
gas emissions to 1990 levels no later than 2020. According to the State
Air Resources Board, in 1990 greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles
and light trucks were 108 million metric tons, but by 2004 these
emissions had increased to 135 million metric tons.
(c) Greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles and
light trucks can
be substantially reduced by new vehicle technology and by the increased
use of low carbon fuel. However, even taking these measures into
account, it will be necessary to achieve
significant additional greenhouse gas reductions by reducing vehicle
those reductions, California will not be able to achieve the goals of
(d) In addition, automobiles and light trucks
account for 50
percent of air pollution in California and 70 percent of the state’s
consumption of petroleum. Reducing
vehicle trips will also help reduce criteria pollutant emissions that
are regulated by the state and federal clean air acts and reduce the
state’s dependence on petroleum.
(e) California has five of the top 13 most traffic
metropolitan areas in the United States. Pricing strategies, such as parking
pricing, are the most effective way to achieve lasting reductions in
traffic congestion by permanently reducing roadway
demand. On a congested street, eliminating just 10 percent of vehicles
can result in free-flowing traffic.
existence of “free” parking is a significant factor that encourages
vehicle trips. At employment sites, employer-paid parking
increases rates of driving by as much as 22 percent. Conversely,
employee-paid parking reduces rates of driving by the same amount.