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August 18, 2022

Red Phone: Not Enough Space

If there’s one thing in life sure to get you hot under the
collar, it’s not being able to find parking. While some might say
Hollister has a serious problem with parking and others wonder why
the griping exists when the parking garage on Fourth Street often
stands empty, one Red Phone caller is upset about the lack of
handicapped parking spaces available on Fifth Street between Sally
and Monterey streets.
If there’s one thing in life sure to get you hot under the collar, it’s not being able to find parking. While some might say Hollister has a serious problem with parking and others wonder why the griping exists when the parking garage on Fourth Street often stands empty, one Red Phone caller is upset about the lack of handicapped parking spaces available on Fifth Street between Sally and Monterey streets. This particular woman called the Red Phone some time ago to complain about the spaces, or lack there of, and as always, the Red Phone promptly got on the case. We called up our good friend David Rubcic at the city Public Works Department. David said he was authorized to conduct a parking study and if need be, install parking spaces. He said it might take two to three weeks, however our now-frustrated Red Phone caller politely pointed out that that was about three months ago and nothing has been done.

“I hope you can do something better,” she said. Now that sounds like a challenge, and nothing gets us Red Phone folks going quite like a challenge.

So once again, we rang David and, politely of course, asked where this woman’s parking spaces might be. And come to find out, David has a very long laundry list of things to do around the city – imagine that – and his workload hasn’t afforded him the time to get around to the parking study. But now that some of his major projects – construction of a traffic light at San Felipe and Fallon roads being one of them – have either been completed or are nearly done, he said he can finally get back to some of the other projects he pushed off. And the handicapped parking spaces on Fifth Street is one of them. While our caller may be temporarily disappointed to hear that it may take another four weeks to finish installing spaces along that stretch of road, our pal David said he’s hoping to have at least one handicapped space on each street where there isn’t currently one as soon as possible. Hopefully that will finally put our caller’s mind to rest, and provide some much-needed handicapped spaces for city residents.

Something bothering you that you can’t seem to find a solution to? Call the Red Phone at 635-9219 and let us do the dirty work for you.

Staff Report
A staff member edited this provided article.

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