Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Planned Parenthood may be prevented from opening a clinic because they don't have enough parking spaces

From the story:
The city's planning department notified Planned Parenthood on Tuesday that a permit issued May 20 allowing it to operate the clinic at 2890 El Camino Real has been amended.

As a result, the women's health services provider now must produce a letter from Enterprise Rent-A-Car confirming that its car rental business across the street from the proposed clinic will provide it with nine parking spots. Planned Parenthood needs those spaces because the city has required it to come up with at least 27 parking spots for patients and staff. The clinic site can accommodate only 18 spaces.

Michelle Tangunan, an associate planner for the city who oversees the clinic application, said that after the use permit was approved, Planned Parenthood informed the city Enterprise might try to pull out of the agreement.

Lupe Rodriguez, a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman, confirmed that the rental car chain had expressed "second thoughts" about making nine spaces available. Rodriguez said she doesn't know why Enterprise might try to renege from its legally binding contract with Planned Parenthood.
I guess Rodriguez has never thought about how protesters could possibly effect Enterprise's business.
Belmont resident Ross Foti, known for protesting outside abortion clinics with graphic pictures of fetuses, offered an explanation. He said abortion foes have approached the company and threatened to picket its El Camino Real location if it delivers the parking, he said.

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