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No more expectation to back into diagonal parking spaces in San Miguel

The county has decided to abandon a bold -- some say bizarre -- parking experiment in San Miguel.

For about two weeks, drivers who parked on the west side of Mission Street between 12th and 13th streets were expected to back in to the diagonal parking spots. The county had painted stripes for the back-in parking at the request of the San Miguel Advisory Council

In theory, the parking was supposed to make it easier for drivers to enter traffic when leaving the spots and to make it safer for children getting in and out of cars.

In practice, many drivers just drove front-first into the spots. Wednesday night at about 9 p.m., for example, only one of a dozen or so drivers who parked on the block had backed in.

Perhaps Fred Thacker, member of the San Miguel Advisory Council, summed up the experiment best.

“To me, backing in is like putting your pants on backwards. You can do it, but it doesn’t feel right,” Thacker said Wednesday during a council meeting.

The county has received a handful of complaints about the parking and plans to paint over the stripes soon, Frank Honeycutt of the county Public Works Department told the council.

-- Tribune staff report

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