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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.

I just paid the city $116…

…and I’m angry about it.

Are you?

See the disabled placard? Is it realistic to ask this homeowner to walk two blocks to their car?

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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999,996 Trees

In 2006, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa launched  an aggressive program to plant 1 million trees.  What a GREAT idea!  Let’s plant more trees.  Everyone is in favor of trees.  Homeowners like trees.  City officials like trees.  Even meter maids like trees, we’re told.  Fast forward five years and we’ve learned the City lost a few of its cherished trees.

After work today, one homeowner Read the rest of this entry

Outraged Homeowners Highlighted in Palisadian-Post

The Palisadian-Post wrote an excellent article that was published today entitled Sunset Residents (Marquez-Salerno) Angered by Sudden Parking Tickets.  Staff Writer Sue Pascoe has done an excellent job framing the issue before us today, specifically that we have no other available parking and the City has been unwavering in their opposition to having a small subset of affected residents park (God forbid) in front of their own homes.

What was not said, but should be noted, is that the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, under the visionary leadership of Jaime de la Vega, has single-handedly attempted to decrease our property values, negatively impact our lives and destroy the belief t we once had in our public servants to do the right thing on behalf of its constituents.  Whether we’ve lived her for a day or six decades, the unexpected and heavy-handed ticketing lacks common sense.

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