Los Gatos residents complain about corporate buses

By Judy Peterson : eastbaytimes – excerpt

The controversy that’s followed corporate buses from San Jose to San Francisco has arrived on Los Gatos’ doorstep. Both Apple and Google operate buses that take town residents to work in Cupertino and Mountain View, but some of their neighbors are complaining.

One complainant is Michael Farr, who lives at Knowles Drive and Carpi Avenue, where Googlers are picked up in the morning and dropped off in the evening.

“They come and go just like a transit center,” Farr said. “They’re an accident waiting to happen. This is a residential street, not a parking lot.”

 Town manager Laurel Prevetti said the Googlers apparently started parking on Capri after being “kicked out of the Vasona Station shopping center” because they were taking customer parking spaces.
 Since Knowles and Capri are public streets, anyone can park there for up to 72 hours.

“We talked to Google in March to talk through some options,” Prevetti said. “We have a lot of questions, we don’t necessarily have a lot of answers. So, we need solutions. One solution is land: Is there land available so they can have a designated place to park?”

Mayor Barbara Spector is also working the issue, and parks and public works director Matt Morley is looking into a couple of parcels of land that could possibly be used for corporate parking.

Farr likes that idea. “They should buy a parking lot,” he said.

He also thinks the buses should be regulated… (more)

Now we know that the tech shuttles are not a San Francisco problem. They are creeping into every other county and the citizens and governments are not just rolling over. The most important thing to be done right now is to contact our state representatives and let them know how we feel about the situation so they will not pass these bills: AB1641 and AB61


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