Perennial Parking Problems

You’ll see that we already have posted a reminder about our parking problems (over on the right column) and now, I want to review what our policy is, why we have it, and how we hope this enforcement will improve the overall use of the Visitors parking areas by all concerned. We’ve recently placed an information notice on the building doors or bulletin boards.

At the core of this program is the concept that the Visitors Parking Areas are for visitors, not for residents. These extra parking spaces are provided for the convenience of all residents, but not for use by the residents. We have some extra parking spaces available for rent by our residents who have more than one car. Remember, every owner is entitled by right of ownership to the exclusive use of one parking space.

We’ve been discussing how to regulate the misuse of the visitor’s parking areas (there are three) and have settled on the following procedure.

Distilled to its simplest form, it’s this: If you have a visitor, tell us about it.

Cars found in any visitor’s parking space are being recorded by make, model, plate and date seen. Once the procedure is invoked, the data will be compared with the information we have on file from your phone calls or in-person visits when you told us about your visitor–and all will be well if there’s a match.

When you have a visitor, come see us, or just call and tell us:

  • Who are you
  • You door number
  • Your call-back number
  • Your visitor’s car Make, Model and License Plate

To be fair to all, if your visitor’s car is seen for more than 14 days, you will need to either rent a space for them or have them park on the street.

As we begin to enforce our policy, cars seen in the visitor’s parking areas will be given the information notice under their windshield wiper, but the car will not removed from the space. In a while, we will warn repeated parkers of our policy and their risk. Eventually, we will remove cars parked in violation of the policy.

Let’s leave the visitor’s spaces for our visitors.

Seattle City Light audit — Save money on your light bill, and more!

Recently, we were approached by a representative of Seattle City Light. He told us about a project where power-wasting incandescent lamps can be replaced (for free) with efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps. They will even do the installation. Did I mention it’s for free?

They’re also offering water-saving devices for your sink and shower. They’re free, too.

And, there is a power strip (several AC outlets in a row) that is energy saving on top of everything else. Oh, yes, it’s free.

No strings.

Water and power companies find it less costly to help you save on consumption than to build more plants to handle the increasing need. And it saves you some money.

I like that part.

Here’s a brochure and some details about the kind of lamps and nozzles.

SCL Condo Outreach Kit


They need to inspect a few units to see what’s what around here. I volunteered my one-bedroom flat as a sample. Anybody else? They’ll be looking at how many of each kind of lamp most of us use, so they can better understand how to proceed.

Call the office if you want to volunteer your flat. You don’t have to be present. The team is bonded, and will be accompanied by an officer of the Condo Association during their visit.