The city of LA makes millions of dollars from parking tickets each year. But some activists are pushing for changes to what they call a hidden tax scheme. Kate Larsen reports from North Hollywood for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.
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The Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative is a citizen movement to reform parking policy and enforcement in the City of Los Angeles.
Most Angelenos recognize that the City has attempted to cover over financial mismanagement with millions of dollars milked from citizens via abusive parking fees, fines and regulations. It has become clear that the parking system has been turned into a means for creating as many opportunities as possible to impose fees and fines on the citizen drivers of our City.
Policy as implemented by the City of Los Angeles has been oriented towards maximizing the generation of revenue for the general fund. We are working towards developing reform measures mandating that the City manage our parking resources to facilitate commerce, ease of transit and livability. Parking enforcement must be exercised as a necessary and vital service rendered in the public interest, not as a business opportunity to be exploited by the City for profit.
We, the People of Los Angeles, need a parking system that helps us care for our families, conduct our daily affairs and run our businesses. We recognize that parking regulations and enforcement are absolutely necessary to a well-managed city environment. But we are not cows on a dairy farm to be milked whenever the City has trouble making fiscal ends meet! And while the City focuses on rolling out every conceivable means of "monetizing parking assets" at the expense of its citizens, real world parking problems are being ignored.
After conducting extensive research and outreach with business owners, Neighborhood Councils, Chambers of Commerce, Residents Associations and other stakeholders we have identified several key areas that need to be addressed:
Two local activists are launching a new effort to convince the city to overhaul its policies on parking meters, including lowering the rates, increasing the maximum time and reducing penalties for parking at expired meters. Steven Vincent and Jay Beeber have been visiting neighborhood councils and business groups to get them on board with the plan and say if the City Council won't change the rules, they'll launch a ballot initiative. Photographed on November 22, 2013 on Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, where the metered parking is for one hour. (Dean Musgrove / Staff Photographer)
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