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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

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.

What the heck is this?

We found this in our mailbox this evening, wrinkled and smaller than a set of IKEA instructions.  Temporary parking restrictions?  We know a thing or two about that.  What are they doing to “minimize any impact on the general traveling public”?  For us?  NOTHING.

Parkway Madness Continues

Steve Lopez opines about an urban community gardener’s plight in South Los Angeles in this article.  The gardener, Ron Finley, planted a community garden on his 10 ft. by 150 ft. long “parkway”.  You might recognize the term “parkway”.  It’s where many of us were ticketed for parking a few weekends ago.  Like Finley, many of us keep our parkways manicured, either with grass, gravel, or, the unthinkable….trees, flowers and vegetables.

Finley was given a fix-it-ticket, either remove the garden or pay up.  We were given no such option.  We were simply cited for $58 a pop and left to stew.

Councilmember Herb Wesson stepped up to the plate for Finley in the same way we are asking Councilmember Bill Rosendahl to step up for us.  This is what Rosedahl is known for – common sense, logical action on behalf of his constituents.

Another week has g0ne by and there has yet to be a resolution.

Our fingers are crossed, both for Finley and for ourselves.

Good luck to all!

The Exception To The Rule

The LA Times recently ran a story about the new parking meters downtown.  While we don’t live downtown, there is certainly a parallel to our situation that can be summed up as follows:

“Don’t even get me started, this is crazy. I’ve been circling around … and they have all these signs that say you can’t park,” said Shabazz, who raised her clenched fists in the air and took a long, deep breath before looking for any parking enforcement officers and making her dash.

“I have to run quick before they catch me and I get a ticket.”

Back to our story, I went to the grocery store yesterday on my way home from work.  There was a car parked in our driveway.  What was I supposed to do?  Here were my options: Read the rest of this entry

Where The Sidewalk Ends…And The Parking Pain Begins!

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Where's the sidewalk?

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