The most popular work spaces in San Diego County are now owned by Park Seo, a company that works with small businesses to offer employees a “parking-free” environment.
Seo, which offers two types of car-pools in San Francisco, is owned by San Francisco-based San Diego Economic Development Corp. and operates on a lease-to-own model, said Jason DeBruyn, senior director of operations for the park’s San Diego branch.
Employees can use a shared car for 30 minutes per week, or the company’s own vehicle, which costs $2 per day.
Employees get two hours of free parking for their vehicles, he said.
“It’s a way to make the community feel safer.”
The company has more than 300 employees in San Marcos and other neighborhoods around the county.
It also has offices in San Jose and the city of San Diego.
In addition to working with small business owners to provide a “free” workplace, Park Seos also works with local governments to ensure that employees can enjoy “the benefits of economic development,” DeBruckyn said.
San Diego, he noted, is experiencing a “real economic boom” and “we have to make sure we’re making sure our employees are able to stay at home to help support their families.”
For example, he pointed to San Diego’s “San Diego Green Jobs Challenge,” which aims to promote green and sustainable practices in the city.
The initiative is an annual program that encourages companies to install solar panels on their premises and install energy-saving devices at work.
Employees of the company were among those who participated in the program, he added.
Park Seo is owned and operated by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who serves as the city’s chief sustainability officer.
He said he was excited about the idea and wanted to see the “park-less” community thrive.
He hopes the company will also serve as an example for other companies to follow, he told CNN.
The San Diego city government has not yet taken any action regarding Park Seoes carpools, but Faulconers office did recently announce plans to build more parking spaces.
“Our goal is to bring more people into the city to use the park,” he said in a statement.
“We are working with the city council to explore ways to do this.”
Faulconer’s office did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.