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An Update

Word on the street is that the City, despite the temporary fix, hasn’t yet figured out how to solve the parkway parking issue.  Enjoy your parking while you can, this could be a bumpy ride.

Elsewhere, Deputy City Attorney Laurie Rittenberg told the LA Times that, “Property owners already own the sidewalks, and the property owners are responsible for the maintenance of the sidewalks.”  Really Laurie?  Do we also own the trees we can’t trim without a permit and do we pay your salary?  It is a bold presumption, but at some point in time it’s likely that you weren’t completely brainwashed, so perhaps you can decide that your statement is just plain CRAZY.  If we own the sidewalks, why can’t we park on them, block them, or paint art murals on them if we so choose?

Finally, the Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association sent out an email with a parking ticket alert.

The City of Los Angeles has initiated strict enforcement of the prohibition of parking vehicles that block the sidewalk.  This is a result of a lawsuit brought in the North Westwood Village area under federal Americans with Disability Act (ADA).  It is ironic that a neighbor was ticketed on a block that does not have a contiguous sidewalk.

Memo to Laurie and the DOT:  What the hell is wrong with you?



Assemblyman Mike Gatto Gets It

I want to thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding the issues you care about.  It is people like you, who are well-informed and take the time to share your opinions, who will help California fix our problems and become once again the great state that we know it can be.

I am personally writing you back, because I believe those who serve in government must be responsive and accessible, particularly to caring, responsible citizens like you.

You wrote to urge my support for municipal-code adjustments to allow for “apron” parking.  Read the rest of this entry

No Action + Angry Residents = Votes?

The longer the City drags their feet on the parking issue, the worse it gets.  For us AND for the City officials we, in theory, elected to represent us.

This starts with Bill Rosendahl, a noted champion of the people and someone who fights for his constituents like no other Councilmember in Los Angeles.  Bill has only given our issue lip service to-date.  He hasn’t taken the time to listen to us, to understand our unique issue, nor has he stood up for us like he seems to do for his Mar Vista contingent regardless of what they want or need.  Bill is up for re-election.  You may or may not know this, but you should. 

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“It is the responsibility of the Respondent to walk the street and look for street signs on the block”

As seen in this Hearing Examiner Report/Notice of Decision, the City is taking no responsibility for anything other than the revenue it can generate by ticketing and/or towing everyone they can.  Despite the fact that the no parking sign was obstructed from view and a LAMC section stating that the sign must be visible, otherwise there cannot be a violation issued, the City upheld the ticket in the amount of $88.  This does not include the towing fee incurred.  This was a $300 expense all-in, not to mention the time, tears and anger this invoked.  The tow truck operator even told my friend that this specific area where she parked is a major cash generator for the City.  They tow cars there all the time.  It’s just across the street from an elementary school.  There is nothing like towing a parent’s car when they’re picking up their child from school.  Such a cruel joke.  Shame on you, City.


City Watch: The Public’s Search for Parking, Nuch’s Search for Revenue

This article is a follow-up to the Stephen Box and focuses more on our unique issues in the Palisades.  Did you know that you are liable for tickets at higher amounts for any violation after the first?  Did you know that we can band together and challenge this seemingly short-sighted enforcement tactic?

Some of our favorite lines from the article follow: Read the rest of this entry

Seen: Parking Enforcement Texting While Driving

Parking Article – There is a rising tide of discontent in neighborhoods across LA

Stephen Box wrote a great article about parking woes in Los Angeles.  While news of our issue has yet to reach Mr. Box, we should be thankful that he wrote the article and thankful that he has brought further attention to such an egregious act of enforcement ridiculousness.

Please read this article.  Tell me what you think.  Tell Box what you think.

Despite the lame efforts of LADOT “guru” Jaime de la Vega, de la Vega is nothing more, it appears, than City Attorney Carmen Trutanich’s lapdog.  By the way, if “Nuch” is really running for District Attorney, the best way to piss off a whole lot of voters is to direct the meter maids to ruin homeowner’s property values.  Perhaps they really don’t care about the neighborhoods and never really have.

Bill Rosendahl cares and we’re counting on Bill to deliver on our behalf.