Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Parking abuse on campus?

Cars on sidewalk

Contractors abusing parking privileges?
Have you ever thought how nice it would be to just be able to drive right to the buildings you work in, park right in front and just walk in the door and go to work? According to some employees I have spoken to, that is just what some university contractors are doing. It is not unusual for contractors to be given parking permits that allow them to park on the sidewalks. There are sometimes business reasons for doing this. Contractors working on elevators, for example, may need access to tools or heavy replacement parts they might keep in their vans. But, according to employees I have spoken to, there are contractors who come into campus buildings and just to sit at desks. Reportedly these contractors have no business need to park next to campus buildings and/or on campus sidewalks. Reportedly these contractors are doing this anyway, apparently just because they can. A check of some of the vehicles seen parked in front of campus buildings has shown them to have valid sidewalk permits. This is better parking than the president of the university enjoys! If they can do it, why can't we? I am sure a lot of students would love to be able to park right at the buildings they attend classes in. Why can't they?

I have seen some of these contractor's vehicles parked on sidewalks for long periods of time. They sometimes block access for folks with disabilities. I feel they make our campus look like a parking lot. I wonder, what is the business reason for these contractors having to park so close to the buildings? I wonder, who is making sure that the ability to park on SJSU's sidewalks using contractor permits is not being abused? So many questions...

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