Meeting Time: October 22, 2019 at 6:00pm PDT
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Agenda Item

b) REPORT 19-0692 CONSIDERATION OF A HOLIDAY FREE PARKING PROGRAM (Assistant to the City Manager Nico De Anda-Scaia)

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    Bob Wolfe 7 months ago

    I always thought that the meter bagging program should be adjusted to include the five shopping days immediately after Christmas. That's when many merchants have post-Christmas sales and when there are many out-of-town visitors who are here for the holidays and for the school vacation period. Many local residents are off work as well. Why not encourage folks to come to Downtown Hermosa to eat and shop when they have plenty of free time to do so?

    We would be in a unique position to attract visitors since, to my knowledge, no other South Bay city offers such a meter bagging program during this time. I always thought it was somewhat discordant downtown Hermosa immediately after Christmas - the Christmas decorations are still up, but the meters no longer are bagged. It seems like a missed opportunity.

    It's noteworthy that Boxing Day (Dec. 26) not only is a holiday in the U.K., but it's one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Why not try to replicate it here?

    Perhaps we could start our meter bagging program on Small Business Saturday (which this year is on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019) and run it through Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. That way, we wouldn't lose meter revenue on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. And to my mind, Black Friday - the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29, 2019) - is more for online and big box shopping than for local retail.

    As an aside, the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah is relatively late this year; the last night of Hanukkah is Sunday, December 29.