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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

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