This shopper has other options
To the city leaders of Walnut Creek, I say go ahead and raise parking rates at meters and in garages all you want. Ten bucks an hour for meters, maybe more for covered garage space? Heck, go for $50 an hour for any space downtown, build 10 new garages, and the affect on my life is exactly the same.
I got a parking ticket for being one minute late to my car while parked in back of I. Magnin, and swore then and there I was done with Walnut Creek. I get a real kick out of seeing reports of restaurants or stores downtown that come and go, and I don't even know for sure where they are. I have a friend who is still cross about the year she needed a ride to Macy's to buy a new turkey roaster and I dropped her at the back door, drove up the hill and waited for her in a nearby neighborhood until she had accomplished her mission.
I recently ordered a new keyboard online and paid the shipping -- never mind I could have a new one that day at the Apple store downtown. The shipping cost was less than the hassle it would have involved. Anyone who insists on frequenting downtown Walnut Creek gets what they deserve with traffic and parking costs.
We have lived in Lafayette since 1985 and supposedly fit the demographic of a Walnut Creek shopper, but with other options available, including the Internet, our time and money is spent elsewhere.
Economy not really bouncing back
Having read the letter "Obama may go down as a great president" (Dec. 26 Times), I was amused by the conclusion drawn by the writer, from Fremont. "Better than Reagan," she claims.
I will offer that her picking up of the financial section, as she puts it, and reading one article does not give her any financial skills to make the claims she makes.
She calls the Dow and the NASDAQ exchanges as leading indicators of the economy. All these barometers are measurements of corporate health and lack of other alternative avenues of investment that offer the liquidity to get out when the impending bubble bursts.
As a matter of fact, two things should be noted:
1) Corporations are making profits fueled by cutting costs -- layoffs, lack of hiring and lack of capital expenditure funding which provides for growth, and:
2) The DOW measures the health of only 30 "public" companies, not the neighborhood businesses or small business that really dictate the health of our economy.
She states in her last paragraph, "When jobs come back and people are flush with cash ... ". It's been five years; nothing has come back and doesn't look to be doing so anytime soon.
I find her analysis as just another liberal statement being mesmerized by the fluent words from Obama's teleprompter.