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Patch Poll: Should Jurors Pay For Parking In Martinez?

The mayor and at least one city council member believe that jurors in Martinez should not have parking tickets forgiven. What do you think?

It's difficult to be a juror - you have to take time off of your daily routine, sit in a courtroom and listen to hours of often-boring legalese. After the trial itself, you find yourself in a room with other strangers where the fate of one or more lives rests with your decision. This can take days, and even weeks.

So to ask jurors to find and pay for parking might seem a bit out of line. Presently, jurors who receive a parking ticket in Martinez will have it forgiven by the courts. 

But lately, there is a move to have that reversed. , when the subject of new credit card-reading meters were being discussed. Mayor Rob Schroder agreeed, pointing out that the jurors in Walnut Creek courtrooms are required to pay for their own parking. 

Merchants have long decried the unfairness of having their customers required to pay up at the meter or face expensive parking fines, while jurors take up precious downtown spaces for nothing. Others say that jurors are serving an important function in our society, are being exposed to downtown businesses they otherwise might not see, and should get a break. 

What do you say? Should jurors have to pay for parking in Martinez? Tell us in the comments. 

Anne Mobley May 27, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Mr. Risner, you should run for City Council. You are so right on!!!
Carol Ferrara May 27, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Very good..... Don't hold your breath...... Financially we are strapped.
Lawrence Risner May 28, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Sorry to say but the entire group there needs to be replaced with "pro-towners", I just noticed that if all of Main street were one-way and the 500 block patios extended the full length of Main street along with diagonal parking there wouldn't be much of a parking space loss - what about that? With the diagonal parking 2 cars fit in a single parallel space. I still can't see what the problem is with paving the 500 block - is it worse than Pacheco Blvd and the planters with trees? Guess when Pacheco Blvd comes due to be resurfaced all the trees and planters will have to be removed first. Oh yeah, almost forgot - the "city officials" will first have to hire a consultant to confirm that.
Anne Mobley May 28, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Mr. Risner, I like your sense of humor. You are right about the parking, and I totally agree with the paving comment too. It is just one of the few excuses they are using to destroy what has worked since August 1998 for almost 14 years. Now anyone with a brain would see that it should have been continued to the Court House so our downtown would look inviting and the City would not have to have hired a consultant to tell them that in 2011-12 that outdoor dining is the trend. Even the jurors love what the 500 block has done. Instead, we are villified and rumors are spread about us that are just plain not true. Some ugly rumors come from a faction of the group that is supposed to represent downtown merchants as can be verified from comments at City Council meetings.
Lawrence Risner May 29, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Ann, I have lived in Martinez for 70yrs and had the joy of attending a city council meeting when I was 22. Needless to say it was just as frustrating then as it is now with the "good ol' boys" council and mayor running the town. I just don't know why the voters that have given them this "position of trust" don't call them up to the plate instead of seemingly be intimidated and let them run the town as they see fit. As I said before the throne they sit on needs to be lowered so the audience can look at them straight in the eye not be looked down upon. Sounds petty but the mind set is there if one thinks about it. Oh well.......

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