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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 2014-04-18 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
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=80807
posted about this on Facebook 2014-04-17 12:27:55 -0700
It's time for the citizens of Los Angeles to come together to reform the parking system in our city.
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
posted about this on Facebook 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.
@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
posted about this on Facebook 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.
posted about this on Facebook 2013-12-27 06:42:26 -0800
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
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=78938
posted about this on Facebook 2013-12-26 17:47:29 -0800
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 2013-12-26 15:28:33 -0800
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 2013-12-26 11:44:08 -0800
It's time for the citizens of Los Angeles to come together to reform the parking system in our city.
commented 2013-12-26 10:22:21 -0800 · Flag
Sent home sick from work and it was a street cleaning day. I have two bikes and a truck all parked in the same space. I woke up to $220 in parking tickets. I tried to explain that I was sick and because I didn’t have a doctors note there was nothing I could do. Thanks LA!
@amandapearl tweeted link to this page. 2013-12-26 09:49:51 -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=78753
commented 2013-12-14 07:57:40 -0800 · Flag
MD= medical doctor, Drake Institute, its near Van Nuys airport due W of airport
(for Dave C)
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Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative
The Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative is a citizen movement to sponsor a municipal ballot initiative to rectify the abuses of the current parking enforcement regime in our city. We are currently conducting research and outreach.