40 years in Los Angeles, and I've ONLY gotten a handful of tickets - and that's ONLY because I didn't read the sign. It's one of the reasons I moved OUT of West Hollywood, with their outsourced multi-million dollar parking enforcement scheme.
It's really easy to NOT get a ticket if you are smart - and pay
attention. It has nothing to do with being a newcomer or having parked here forever. The laws change, the signs change - but what doesn't change is basic, common sense. Pay attention.
Well, there were those tickets I got because I thought you could park there if you were drunk.