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On the Parking in Belmont Shore

March 03, 1988

Regarding the article about Belmont Shore (Times, Feb. 21), I would like to add these comments:

(Craig) Hofman is building a two-story, 150-seat, 24-hour restaurant with no on-site parking in the middle of a densely populated residential neighborhood with narrow one-way streets already filled with parked cars. You suggest this is ". . . a controversy in which Hofman has unwittingly become the center." Hofman knows a large restaurant should have parking and he is hardly an unwitting participant.

Hofman states in the article: "From my perspective I'm trying to improve the community, and all I've been getting from it is a lot of negativity." If Hofman would like a more positive response, he could begin by committing the building he owns directly behind the new restaurant to parking. Until Hofman provides parking for his new development, I must question the sincerity of his "trying to improve the community."

BRIAN JACOBS

Long Beach

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