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Activists: LA Parking Ticket a "Tax Scheme"

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.


LA Weekly article:

"L.A.'s Over-the-Top Parking Tickets Spark Revolt"


     
 

It's time to reform the parking system

in the City of Los Angeles.

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:

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Meter mad: Los Angeles activists launch effort

to overhaul parking rules, fees

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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commented 2014-12-01 10:48:13 -0800 · Flag
Is there anything someone can do when it comes time to re register vehicle and i have 4 parking tickets that have resulted in over 1,100 in total!?!? This is madness and would appreciate any advice gonzoanthony@hotmail.com
thank you
posted about this on Facebook 2014-09-28 17:18:02 -0700
It's time for the citizens of Los Angeles to come together to reform the parking system in our city. Join the movement!
commented 2014-07-23 18:39:31 -0700 · Flag
Over a year ago, in the early SUNDAY morning hours of May 2013—-BEFORE 6:00 A.M.—-L.A. Parking Enforcement decended upon the quiet sleeping community of “The Jungles” apartment complexes, all built in the late 1940’s with now-inadequate off-street parking, and ticketed the vehicles of low-income and poor people parked inside the huge 140’ bulb circle cul-de-sac. People, in the Community, had been doing this for years—-and had no problem with anyone. All parked vehicles left room for emergency vehicles to drive through and around them. All, including my vehicle, was ticketed with a $63 dollar ticket. I refused to pay; my ticket soared to $175. I still refused to pay, and have never paid, nor my “bucket-of-a-vehicle” has never been impounded. I’m about to sell it, soon, because it cannot pass smog requirements. People, please sign this petition. Long ago, “Our” elected leaders have since abandoned Us and sought to enrich themselves—-and also feed the Union Beast. Don’t believe me? Here’s just one, of many, great examples: the “Green Line” trolley transit was a great Public transportation system—-but, why was it not extended into the Los Angeles International Airport? Why did it dead-end in “no man’s land” at some barren concrete-line parking lot and a small shopping center? Reason: the taxi and parking lot owners BOUGHT OFF the city council members, and got them to end this transit system some two miles from the airport.

Sign this petition. This should be the first of many to come.
commented 2014-07-23 18:39:30 -0700 · Flag
On the early SUNDAY morning, in May 2013—-I’m not making this up; BEFORE 6:00 a.m. in the morning—-L.A. Parking Enforcement decended upon the peaceful sleeping community of “The Jungles” apartment housing complex—-built in the late 1940’s with now-inadequate off-street parking—-and ticketed numerous vehicles parked in the center of a huge 140-foot bulb circle cul-de-sac. People have been parking, like this, for years with no problems whatsoever. Vehicles were always parked so as to allow emergency vehicles access through the street. L.A. Parking Enforcement did this to forcably raise money, from low-income and poor people, to feed the union beast. Elected leaders care nothing about the people of L.A. But, they do care about the powerful Public Employee Unions and other moneyed special interests. I refused to pay the $63 ticket, and when it went to $175, I’m about ready just to sell my vehicle. It can’t pass smog, anyway. Let’s fight this corruption!
@Edith_Englert tweeted link to this page. 2014-06-16 20:44:10 -0700
It's time for the citizens of Los Angeles to come together to reform the parking system in our city. http://www.parkinglosangeles.org/?recruiter_id=82402
posted about this on Facebook 2014-06-16 20:44:10 -0700
It's time for the citizens of Los Angeles to come together to reform the parking system in our city.
posted about this on Facebook 2014-06-16 14:38:24 -0700
It's time for the citizens of Los Angeles to come together to reform the parking system in our city.
posted about this on Facebook 2014-06-16 14:30:38 -0700
It's time for the citizens of Los Angeles to come together to reform the parking system in our city.
commented 2014-06-13 09:57:05 -0700 · Flag
The vacuum known as the city general fund is where these ill-gotten funds pour in from the parking enforcement vultures. Rotten enough are the exhorbitant tickets given for being a few minutes late for a meter, but in our residental area – homes not businesses – people are up in arms about the meter maids who congreate just before noon and then sweep in like rabid dogs at 12:01 P.M. on street cleaning days. Wait, I thought we paid taxes already. In perhaps a more evolved metropolis, or at least one that doesn’t try to fix its mismanagement by ripping off its citizens, these same meter maids would give a heads-up to locals who they know from being on the same street week after week after week. Hidden signs, multiple signs with confusing messages, ridiculous tickets over $60, is this really how the city wants to treat those who already pay high taxes to live here? At least now that seems to be the case. Good luck with this important initiative. I’ll be glad to help.
@KeithTutera tweeted link to this page. 2014-05-18 00:46:31 -0700
It's time for the citizens of Los Angeles to come together to reform the parking system in our city. http://www.parkinglosangeles.org/?recruiter_id=81763
commented 2014-04-24 09:50:40 -0700 · Flag
There are too Many Parking attendants whom are not doing their jog in the 1st place!
Why do so many are covering a 2 block area…really need 4?
Plus a crooked one as well?
commented 2014-04-24 09:46:37 -0700 · Flag
I live on Tujunga Ave. between Moorpark & Ventura blvd. 1st there are way too many meters workers in a small 2 block area. I have seem up to 4 all in one area?
I also witness a Meter worker, removing a Boot he just put on, then a guy that is working on this building runs over either bribes him or something ?
Because the Meter Guy removed the boot, & the guy hide his car in the back of the apt. That was the 1st time I saw a Meter Worker giving anyone a break…I believe the Meter Worker got slip some cash.
commented 2014-04-23 06:25:34 -0700 · Flag
IF you manage to accomplish a change in the City’s mentality of the parking tickets CASH COW, you should run for President (afterwards)
commented 2014-04-22 07:12:32 -0700 · Flag
This group should use the situation over on Colfax ave in Studio City as one of their rallying cries. The punitive actions that councilman krekorian took by stripping the neighborhood of badly needed parking just to punish a local vandal that made him look like a fool was nothing less than disgraceful!! Look up Colfax curb controversy on youtube.
commented 2014-04-18 14:41:01 -0700 · Flag
To be fair and effective, parking fees should be proportional to income level.
The easiest way to instrument that policy would be to make them proportional to value of car being parked.
In so doing, there would be no need for the city to loose revenue.
@nicoleflynnmua tweeted link to this page. 2014-04-17 12:27:55 -0700
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signed up 2014-04-09 13:02:23 -0700
commented 2014-03-14 12:42:37 -0700 · Flag
My nephew a US Marine stationed in Italy with his wife and child since January 2013 received a parking ticket from the city of Los Angeles dated February 5, 2014. Thus maroon listed as white on the citation was lefted with his disabled mother in Sacramento prior to his leaving and the registration address was just to this Sacramento address on August 14, 2013. This is an outrage!!!!! They give you absolutely no assistance in resolving the matter.
commented 2014-01-07 13:26:22 -0800 · Flag
It is ridiculous the limitations and fees I’ve seen here just to park. I had an interview that ended up lasting 2 hours. I either could park on the street and feed the meter every hour or use the building’s parking and be charged $2 per every 30 minutes I was there. It is absolutely asinine.
@woody90069 tweeted link to this page. 2014-01-05 08:24:22 -0800
It's time for the citizens of Los Angeles to come together to reform the parking system in our city. http://www.parkinglosangeles.org/?recruiter_id=80103
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@slumdogbabu tweeted link to this page. 2013-12-29 09:26:56 -0800
It's time for the citizens of Los Angeles to come together to reform the parking system in our city. http://www.parkinglosangeles.org/?recruiter_id=79476
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It's time for the citizens of Los Angeles to come together to reform the parking system in our city.
commented 2013-12-27 05:07:15 -0800 · Flag
I received $800.00 in parking tickets last year in a one month span from the city of Glendale. Instead of writing tickets, the police would walk around with a video camera and tape your license plate. I was dropping off and picking up my daughter everyday at school and although my car was never turned off I was in a “stopped” position for too long so they ticketed me. They never said anything and the tickets went to an old address because the DMV failed to change my address …. twice.
commented 2013-12-26 19:27:52 -0800 · Flag
Let’s do this! I’m sick of parking tickets and the excessive fines the city imposes!
@Enfezzed tweeted link to this page. 2013-12-26 17:47:29 -0800
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Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative
A citizen movement to sponsor a municipal ballot initiative to rectify the abuses of the current parking enforcement regime in our city.