L.A. to Consider Free Parking at Meters For Some Veterans

Most parking meters will not be enforced this upcoming Veterans Day, but if Councilmember and mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti is successul, many veterans won't have to feed them any day of the year.

Garcetti, a Navy reserve lieutenant, introduced a motion during today's City Council meeting that seeks to exempt drivers with Pearl Harbor Survivor, Legion of Valor, Former American Prisoner of War, Congressional Medal of Honor, and Purple Heart license plates from on-street parking meter fees. State law allows for this exemption by municipalities.

Garcetti spokesman Yusef Robb said preliminary input from the Department of Transportation and Chief Legislative Analyst's Office suggests the cost to the city would be "negligible."

The move is the latest in a series by Garcetti to enhance city services for veterans. Last week, he got the full City Council to agree to move forward with hiring a veterans affairs coordinator to oversee specialized military social workers within the city's WorkSource Centers. The coordinator also would help target city services to thousands of veterans in the city.

Update: The L.A. County Board of Supervisors on Friday unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich to send a letter to each of the county's 88 cities encouraging them to follow its ordinance exempting military veterans from paying metered parking fees.

With contributions from Zach Behrens/KCET.

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