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Friday, June 20, 2014

If the Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative gets its way, we'll soon see a grand shift in the way L.A. residents view the notorious city parking enforcers who issue a staggering 2.5 million tickets per year. 

A vision pushed by advocates Jay Beeber and Stephen Vincent would transform parking enforcement work into a public service role rather than a public punishment role. The initiative has piqued the interest of Mayor Garcetti, who has established a "Working Group on Parking Reform."

See Also: Why Do You Hate the L.A. Parking Violations Bureau So Much? Maybe Because It Lies and Steals Your Money

See Also: Mayor Garcetti Agrees to Rethink Parking Ticket Racket


Angelenos and enforcement officers as friends and not foes ... could it be true?

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Parking

No More Free Parking for Abbot Kinney: Lot Going Metered

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About to get metered: The now-free lot on Electric Avenue serves Abbot Kinney's shops and restaurants. - SARAH FENSKE
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  • About to get metered: The now-free lot on Electric Avenue serves Abbot Kinney's shops and restaurants.
Venice's Abbot Kinney Boulevard is one of the few shopping districts anywhere in L.A. offering close-by parking that's 100 percent free -- just find a spot in the mostly unpaved lots running along the east side of the street, fronting Electric Avenue, and you won't have to worry about meter maids or parking lot attendants.

But you'd best enjoy it while it lasts. Beginning next March, the city is launching a project to finish paving the lot, adding landscaping and a perimeter wall -- and 66 parking meters.

The project was announced to its neighbors in a brief letter from the California Coastal Commission, which helpfully noted that if any of them wished to fight it, they'd be welcome to attend a public meeting Nov. 15 in Newport Beach. Gee, thanks, guys!

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Monday, March 25, 2013

(Also contributing to this report were Elisa Losson, Jennifer Swann, Ali Trachta and Ben Westhoff.)

You know what sucks? Circling a block for twenty minutes, burning the gas in your car and watching someone slip into a space right as you turn the corner to claim what you dreamed was yours.

As Los Angeles comedian Stephen Wright said, "When I get real bored, I like to drive downtown and get a great parking spot, then sit in my car and count how many people ask me if I'm leaving." You don't need to be a parking shark, no matter how many "Stephen Wrights" there are in the world.

Because we too feel the pain, we present a list of 5 Los Angeles parking secrets, plus a map of over 100 sweet spots to park:

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Parking

Protesters to Demand Their 'Apron' Parking Spots Back

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Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 1:36 PM

An example of "apron" parking - STOPLADOT.COM
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  • An example of "apron" parking
On August 28, the Department of Trasportation (LADOT), who consistently claims to have Aneglenos' best interests in mind, started to enforce a city-wide ban on "apron" parking. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this L.A. staple, "apron" parking is when a car is parked on the long section of driveway from the street to the sidewalk.

The City has been handing out $60 tickets all over the city since the ban, and residents are getting angry.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Nooooooooooooo - LAIST
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We might find this amusing, if we hadn't ourselves felt so many times the unmatchable pain that one feels when one dashes out of the house, late for work, only to find a $55 red-and-white day ruiner tucked under one's windshield wiper within yards of one's own home. It's violating, really.

Now imagine how that pain must multiply when there isn't even a street sweeper coming through to justify your ticket.

That's what's been happening on Riverside Terrace, a winding little side-street snuggled up to two freeways and an elementary school in Silver Lake, according to resident Silvia Cerna [The Eastsider]. This is her story:

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Friday, October 15, 2010

The thing's a machine
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Embittered parking-enforcement officers all over Los Angeles are being outperformed by a steely army of 15,000 one-legged cash cows, KPCC radio reports.

The new solar-powered parking meters accept credit cards in addition to coins, and avoid breaking down by sending an alert back to the station if there's ever a malfunction.

When the city began installing the hi-tech meters last June, the Los Angeles Times reported that officials did "not expect parking collections to jump." However, a quarter million bucks a month far exceeds anything those rusty old coin meters were pulling in -- even though the price to park ($1 to $4) hasn't gone up.

Before, we made excuses for risking a ticket:

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

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Today Is Park(ing) Day

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Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 10:19 AM

They've turned a metered parking spot into a mini park, for Park(ing) Day.
  • They've turned a metered parking spot into a mini park, for Park(ing) Day.
Today is Park(ing) Day, a worldwide event during which people transform metered parking spots into mini parks, an act of civil disobedience designed to point out that we need more open space in our cities.

Here's the local Web site where you can find a nearby "park." Here's Stephen Box running down some of the highlights. And Streetsblog LA. The Weekly's intrepid interns will be out and about checking out some parks and will report back this afternoon.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

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In a city known for traffic, bad drivers, car theft and parking hassles, there's always been one respite from it all, like a magical open bar in some overpriced club: The broken parking meter, bestowing upon the finder free parking.

Well, no more.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

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At a hearing Wednesday to discuss how to better regulate mobile food vendors, City Council members questioned why vendors who aren't in compliance with parking rules aren't fined regularly.

City staff replied that for many vendors, a $55 parking ticket, even one every day, is just the cost of doing business. But here's a common sense idea for deterring parking violators.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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The cash-strapped City Council will move closer today to partially privatizing 10 city-owned parking garages, including Pershing Square downtown. The city hopes to ease its cash flow problems to the tune of $100 million to $200 million by receiving money, including an up-front lump sum, for allowing private companies to operate and profit from the garages for 50 years.

In the process, the council could wind up angering everyone: Neither car lovers nor car haters like this plan.

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