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    Santa Clara Co. Offers Free Valet Parking at Courthouse

    Santa Clara County workers just got what may be the best perk in the Bay Area. Free valet parking has just been offered to all county employees and visitors for the next four years, a project that costs taxpayers $4.5 million. Scott Budman reports.

    (Published Friday, Dec. 7, 2018)

    Santa Clara County workers just got what may be the best perk in the Bay Area.

    Free valet parking has just been offered to all county employees and visitors for the next four years, a project that costs taxpayers $4.5 million.

    "It gives me the feeling that we the taxpayers are working for the government, rather than the government working for the taxpayers," said Mark Hinkle, president of the Silicon Valley Taxpayer's Association.

    The service was launched a week after Thanksgiving and was also offered to the general public visiting county offices due to ongoing construction that makes traffic pile up.

    "We’ve exhausted all the other short-term solutions," Deputy County Executive Sylvia Gallegos told the Mercury News.

    Valet service is reportedly cheaper than building new parking structures or running a shuttle service.

    In Santa Clara County, valets will bring the cars to the county-owned parking garage across the street from the county jail and also use the big surface lot at Hedding and San Pedro streets where employees currently park, the Mercury News reported.

    "This is the second time I'm using it and it's frankly the best thing the best thing I've seen so far," said San Jose resident Dennis Acha.

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