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BMX track may create major parking issues
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Where are they going to park?

It’s now the $89,000 question as the long-awaited BMX race track nears completion at Spreckels Avenue and Moffat Boulevard.

Several people - after reading a story that a regional race could bring 200 riders per day plus family and friends - wondered just where all of the cars are going to go? There is a parking lot as part of the 10-acre Spreckels Recreation Park but that would probably be adequate enough for a local race assuming, of course, there is no soccer match going on at the same time.

It gets worse if there is a state event as that would draw 450 riders a day.

Assistant City Manager Karen McLaughlin noted that when Anderson 209 BMX goes to get a special event permit they will be asked to try and work with nearby property owners to see if space scan be used. One that comes to mind is the now vacant Sexton Chevrolet located about a half mile away via the Spreckels Bikeway.

If push comes to shove, there’s always street parking along Moffat to the northwest beyond the park and in the dirt along Moffat southeast of the Spreckels Avenue intersection. It could also spill over into the nearby Powers Tract neighborhood.

As a footnote, there have been massive soccer tournaments at Woodward Park that has overflowed its parking lot.  Excess parking has been on the perimeter as well as in front of homes facing the park as well as on nearby side streets.

No one has complained to the city about parking during soccer tournaments.

And since the regional and state events will probably be once in a blue moon, it may not create any complaints.

It may be similar to the Crossroads Street Fair and the Pumpkin Fair when all street spaces are taken for several blocks surrounding downtown. It’s public parking after all.

NUMNI closing will
hurt SJ job market

The loss of the NUMNI plant – which the California Legislature made a half-hearted, Keystone Cop-style bid to get tax incentives in place to convince Toyota to keep it open – will definitely be felt big time in San Joaquin County.

Not only do a number of the assembly line workers live here but there are a number of jobs generated from NUMNI contracts ranging from the manufacturing of pick-up truck bodies to vehicle glass – to upholstery. That’s in addition to trucking jobs that will go south.

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