Charge!

Up to now in the UCLA parking facility where the photo above was taken, yours truly has seen only campus "golf cart" type electric vehicles used by service staff plugged in.  Now that hybrid electric and all-electric vehicles are being sold for regular street use, scenes like the one above will become more common.  (The … Continue reading Charge!

Odd Photo

LAObserved has an article about the decision at the LA City Council not to raise the City's parking tax.  (Screenshot above.)  Nothing odd about an article dealing with that story. What is odd is the photo of a UCLA parking booth used to illustrate the article.  UCLA does not pay LA City's parking tax.The article … Continue reading Odd Photo

Parking Revenue: Cash Cow for Higher Ed?

Inside Higher Ed today has a short story about a controversy over a proposed long-term lease of parking facilities at Indiana University to a private operator in exchange for a lump sum payment.  The story links to a longer AP article on the issue which notes that Ohio State U has gone in that direction.Readers … Continue reading Parking Revenue: Cash Cow for Higher Ed?

Listen to Parking to Pension at the Regents Retreat

At the Regents retreat today, everything connected to the budget was “on the table.”  One unusual option presented by UCOP’s financial staff was a proposal to raise campus parking fees (thus making the parking services more valuable) and then give the UC parking system to the pension fund as a portfolio asset.  Doing so would … Continue reading Listen to Parking to Pension at the Regents Retreat

Questions Raised About Parking Reimbursement for Proposed UCLA Hotel/Conference Center

The proposed UCLA hotel/conference center would involve demolition and removal of the parking spaces of parking structure #6 (shown at left).  UCLA policy is to reimburse the parking service for such demolitions.  In the UCLA case, however, the planned reimbursement seems over $10 million less than policy would require.  Parking expert Prof. Donald Shoup - … Continue reading Questions Raised About Parking Reimbursement for Proposed UCLA Hotel/Conference Center

Inconsistent Construction?

When UCLA presented its plan for the Weyburn Terrace Grad Student Housing in 2009, it included a $2,193,000 parking buyout.  You can find a link to the plan below.  The parking buyout is reported in footnote "e" of Attachment 1.  The business plan for the hotel/conference center deviates from the parking buyout policy.  Undoubtedly, when … Continue reading Inconsistent Construction?

No Parking? (and no decision at the Regents)

There are in fact UCLA policies about reimbursing the parking authority for the costs of parking replacement when capital projects displace existing parking.  Contrary assertions were made at the Regents meeting on the hotel/conference center.Below you will find a link to the official parking policy:Open publication - Free publishing - More parkingYours truly is in … Continue reading No Parking? (and no decision at the Regents)

One Element to Keep Your Eye on When the Business Plan for the UCLA Hotel/Conference Center is Revealed: Parking

The next Regents meeting is scheduled for March 27-29.  If UCLA wants to get its hotel/conference center proposal on the agenda - which is typically published online by the Regents about two weeks before each meeting - it will soon have to unveil its business plan.  The UCLA Faculty Association has been requesting that plan … Continue reading One Element to Keep Your Eye on When the Business Plan for the UCLA Hotel/Conference Center is Revealed: Parking