Long Beach, CA
A bike friendly city is not stopping parking advocates from working to influence city officials in Long Beach to find ways to create more parking spaces across the city.
Long Beach TAPS (Transportation And Parking Solutions) a community based group, was founded for this very purpose. Their mission is to help solve parking dilemmas in Long Beach.
Their effort may soon be realized. The City of Long Beach after being sued by Long Beach TAPS, has agreed to do an area-wide parking study to see if new parking solutions need to be evaluated, and in the very near future, will choose one out of five companies with whom to work with.
Here is where it gets contentious
On April 25th, when the City of Long Beach interviews all five companies who submitted a bid, Long Beach TAPS will not be part of the interview process but will however be allowed to submit questions. According to Long Beach TAPS:
“Following the interviews, city staff will go through a checklist of vetting procedures with other departments in the city. There will also be a “protest period” of 10 days for those Companies that did not meet all the application requirements and may still want to be considered for the job by the city. After all of this has been done, the City will let TAPS know which Company has been selected. After that, Staff’s recommendation will be sent off to City Council for final approval.
TAPS’ lawyer reiterated to city staff that per the lawsuit settlement, TAPS was looking for a company that will provide Solutions, not just justifications of current city policies.”