Most PLHS parking already occurs on our single-family residential streets because of grossly inadequate parking on campus. So what does the School District do? Although enrollment peaked years ago, it will increase football-field seating capacity by 25%, to 2,500 spectators, with only a token increase in parking. The result: Traffic and parking jams for residents and visitors on dozens of blocks surrounding the campus on weeknights and on weekends.
Ironically, the biggest increase in on-campus parking, about 40 more spaces, will occur only after demolishing the auto shop (with no replacement), as if more parking should only be developed for visitors to an oversized special-events venue, not for existing student-motorist needs, and as if PLHS students don’t need to learn how to maintain cars.
Remember, PLHS’ only dedicated campus parking is that little lot on Clove Street – five blocks away from the stadium entrance on Voltaire Street.
The EIR estimates 908 vehicles carrying 1,636 people will arrive at typical non-Homecoming events with 760 vehicles carrying 1,369 people having to park on the street. (See Table 2.6-25, Page 2-145 of the Draft EIR.)
For larger so-called capacity events that the football field is being rebuilt to encourage “any day of the week, and any day of the year” until 11 p.m., the EIR estimates 1,230 vehicles will carry 2,480 people, including 987 vehicles with 1,990 folks who will have to park on the streets.
Either way, capacity-event or typical non-capacity event, this will create a crush of cars converging on narrow residential streets looking for parking, pedestrians crossing between parked cars, with some vehicles blocking driveways, and the convergence blocking access for emergency vehicles especially on Voltaire Street.
Too often, residents won’t be able to park near their homes.
That on-street parking is needed for residents. During early daytime hours, many residents leave for work, opening on-street parking to students. However, during late afternoon and evening hours, residents return, either forcing stadium visitors to park farther away or requiring residents to park blocks from home.
That’s why our plaintiff neighbors seek to enforce the city’s parking regulations with their lawsuit. Expanding stadium use with nearly unlimited nighttime events, practices and outside rentals will exacerbate an already bad situation.
By the way, the San Diego Municipal Code assures that parking on single family residential streets is primarily intended for residents and their guests. You knew that.