I hate to make this my first submission to the news site, but here goes…
I work in this neighborhood, but due to Metro’s schedule and location of my workplace, I end up driving. I am a Seattleite and my employer provides some parking. However, the medium-sized employer I work for does not have nearly enough spaces for the approximately 100 people that work on-site.
Two employees are able to utilize the employer’s transit benefit, which isn’t as strong as many of the area employer’s offerings.
I had never received a parking ticket in my life and then I moved to Seattle. I have received four tickets over my years in this area and the parking only seems to be getting tighter. To clarify, only weekday parking seems to be tighter. I have dropped by work on the weekend and am amazed at how open this area is.
Does anyone work with the Fred Hutcheson/Bill Gates complexes on parking policy? What about, as the Eastlake Community Council said in their newsletter, lobbying the city to do away with “commuter parking restrictions” on either side of Eastlake?
If anyone is wondering, parking over 2-4 hours in the neighborhood is a $44 ticket. This is a frustrating hit to me, since I work under Seattle’s median wage by about $20,000/annually. It also seems like the parking enforcement staff like targeting around my employer and I’ve seen employees of other large companies in the area walking farther and farther to work.