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City says no extra parking for NU

Grass Valley’s traffic committee dealt a setback Wednesday to senior Matt Honea and his campaign to provide additional parking for Nevada Union High School students.

The committee said the Ridge Road school, not the city, is responsible for providing additional parking.

Honea had hoped the committee would allow a 90-day trial of his plan to allow all-day parking along several streets near the high school, or at least pass the issue to the City Council.

Instead, the committee directed city staffers to meet with school officials to discuss the issue.

“Here we are, trying to solve (the school’s) issue,” said Mayor Gerard Tassone.

Honea said he didn’t think a discussion with school officials would resolve the issue.

Nevada Union has no immediate plans to provide additional parking, Paul Palmer, the district’s director of school construction and facilities, has said.

“I feel (the parking issue is) going around in circles,” Honea said. “If it’s not the school, it’s the residents.”

Honea approached the city in February, hoping to convince leaders to take down signs restricting parking to only two hours in 70 spots near the school. His effort is part of his senior project.

The limits along Woodcrest Way and Ventana Sierra Drive were instituted about 10 years ago to prevent students from using the spaces, Mayor Gerard Tassone said.

Students now have access to 525 spots at the school and the Truth Worship Center and First Baptist Church across the street. The school has 1,130 juniors and seniors who are allowed to drive to school.

In February, the committee gave Honea homework, asking him to survey residents and provide additional information.

Honea conducted a door-to-door survey, where he learned that 20 families supported his proposal and eight families opposed it.

The majority of residents were not home, however, Honea reported.

Several neighbors attended Wednesday’s meeting to protest the proposed parking changes.

“Nobody wants to look out their front (window) to see a parking lot every day,” said Jim Vicory, a neighbor of the school.

Although Honea graduates this spring, he plans to stick with his campaign.

“It’s not just for me, I just feel it’s for the students,” Honea said.

-Reporter David Mirhadi contributed to this report

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