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:
There are two plausible explanations for the City Attorney Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich’s decision to pursue the more complicated and less effective solution to the problem of blocked sidewalks, three if you count simple incompetence.
In either case, the focus is on revenue, not results, resulting in a long drawn out journey that does little to keep the sidewalks clear for the mobility challenged but does lots to generate revenue for the City of LA.
Nuch has rolled over, allowing the plaintiff to frame the debate in such a way that “Apron Parking” is defined as “the practice of vehicles parking in driveways so they protrude onto the pedestrians rights of way, leaving insufficient space for persons with mobility aids to pass.” An outraged recipient of an LADOT citation [link] argues “This is like defining “Street Parking” as “the practice of parking on the street parallel to the curb so the car protrudes onto a driveway opening, leaving insufficient space for persons with cars to pass into their driveways,” Or, “metered parking” as “the practice of parking in a metered space without paying the meter.” It is a fallacious definition.
In times such as these, it is absolutely arrogant and cavalier of the City Attorney to avoid the real ADA issue of blocked sidewalks in favor of a revenue scheme that has significant negative impact to the residents of Los Angeles.
Watching Nuch (Trutanich) fumble the “Apron Parking” issue brings the words of former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter to mind, “I used to believe in conspiracies, until I discovered incompetence.”
We recommend reading this article and commenting as vociferously as possible. Please forward this to as many neighbors as you know so the outrage can circulate.
Once again, we seem to be persecuted by the City Attorney Carmen Trutanich (a candidate for County District Attorney for what it’s worth), the LADOT under Jaime de la Vega
‘s leadership and a text-while-driving parking enforcement person.