Parking Clarified by Caruso’s Gazzano
Editor’s note: The Pacific Palisades Community Council received the following letter from a Caruso executive on October 9. It has been edited. The full letter can be found on Pacpalicc.com.)
“We are aware of the [parking] issues you raised, and please be assured that we have been in constant discussions to resolve them.
“As soon as we received reports of tenants’ employees parking on surrounding residential streets, we called our tenants, reminding them of their lease obligation to provide parking in our garage for their employees—free of charge to the employees. We also followed that up last week with formal letters to our tenants.
“Beginning this week, we will enforce that requirement by formally documenting any tenants that are not complying with their leasehold requirement via default notice.
“We’re also aware of the concern that some Palisades Village patrons may not be using the garage, due to our parking program.
“If a customer spends a combined $250 on property, they receive free valet or self-parking for the entire day.
“Beginning today we are extending our courtesy grace period from 30 minutes to one hour. No validation is required for one hour of free parking. We think it’s important to note that no other privately owned or public parking lots, structures or meters in the area provide the amount of free parking we are offering. Validated tickets will continue to receive 50 percent off the non-validated rate. [Editor’s note: public parking structures and the mall in Santa Monica offer 90 minutes of free parking. The Protect Our Village agreement with Caruso extracted a two-hour free parking arrangement.].
“Concerning comments that parking garage machines are not accepting validation cards from Vintage Grocers, we completed a comprehensive test of those validation cards this past weekend and had no problem.
“A clearer explanation of our validation system will be uploaded to our website later this week.
“Thank you for your support and guidance over the years and we look forward to our continued great relationship for years to come.
Vice President, Development