A very frustrated Long Beach resident just forwarded me the letter below concerning the parking situation near the Allegria Hotel. That person, who wants will spread the word on this issue, asked me to post it here.
Dear Ms. Goodman of the Long Beach City Council,
My neighbor forwarded me the email he sent you below (NOT POSTED HERE – seabythecity) about the Allegria Hotel. This situation has been out of control for some time now. You’ve personally promised us that they are working towards being good neighbors, but it’s only getting worse. It honestly seems as if the city only cares about the hotel’s tax revenue (or payoffs???) rather than its residents. The hotel can do as it pleases with no enforcement of the laws within their immediate area.
Last night is a perfect example of the city allowing the hotel to do as they please. With all the complaints being voiced about the hotel and the parking situation, both at the Tuesday night City Hall meetings and in the local news (LI Herald, patch.com), the city approved a permit reserving National Blvd between W Broadway and W Penn for the hotel to valet cars on it last night. Another slap in the face to the residents!
As a city official I would like to know your position on the following items.
-I remember reading that the hotel agreed to concessions, such as valeting cars at the train station and running shuttle buses for their guests and no hotel employees are allowed to park within a 3 block radius, in order to receive their variance to expand the building by adding 2 additional floors. I have not seen a single shuttle bus in the year and a half since they’ve opened and employees are parking directly in front of the hotel. Can you verify what their concessions were? Has anyone from the city verified the hotel is living up to their end of the bargain? If not, why?
-The “15 minute” unloading zone has become the “Ferrari” parking lot. All this area has done is allow the hotel guests to have better parking spots which presumably allow the valets to earn better tips. Car alarms are always being set off by incompetent valets and cars are constantly honking due to the blocked roadway of double and triple parked cars. This past weekend the coned area was extended by the valets into the intersection. The area was 6 cars wide and 2 cars deep. The idea of a 15 minute unloading zone is a good one, but it needs to be enforced.
-At one point you told us that it was illegal for cars to be valeted on the street, a law that was put into effect because the same thing was happening at Mateo’s. I have yet to see this enforced by anyone in the LBPD or Parking Enforcement. Not only do they get away with it but I’ve seen valets stand in spots to hold them with police cars passing right by. The end of National Blvd has basically become hotel property as they reverse cars down Broadway to secure parking spots as soon as they are available.
-There is a lot of police presence at the West End bars Thursday-Saturday nights. I have yet to see an officer or police car stationed at W Broadway and National Blvd which would help to mitigate some of the noise and drunken people stumbling down the street at all hours of the night.
I would be more than happy to attend a meeting in person with you, the council and/or city manager to discuss any of the above. If any of my information is incorrect, please let me know. My neighbors have been talking to and emailing with you for close to 2 years with little result. I’ve copied the editors of the LI Herald, patch.com and seabythecity.com on this email to help make our concerns more public.
Your neighbor at 65 W Broadway
For those who share the same frustrations, please write to the city council: