Segment | Politics

Meter Madness

Correspondent Laurel Erickson explores the bizarre and punitive world of parking in West Hollywood.

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Your story exaggerates the situation and is not up to SoCal Connected's usual journalistic standards. In particular it does not take into account the views of residents and drivers who support controls on people who abuse parking privileges. Most signs in town are less complicated than those you show, and even in those cases the instructions that are visible seem clear enough: in the example shown at 1 min., 20 s into the story, in areas to the left of the sign non-residents are NOT allowed at night or on Sundays, but are allowed for 2 hrs during the day Mon-Sat, and to the right, parking for everyone is limited to 2 hrs. during the day Mon-Sat, and is unrestricted at night and on Sundays and holidays; obviously parking is not allowed during street sweeping. You very briefly show, but do not mention, the next sign down the block to the left, which has only one set of instructions. Viewers of your broadcast were not provided with a clear view of the entire sign, and even on your Web page the words "Street Sweeping" and most of the top sign are unreadable. These rules are instituted in response to demands from the community, who for example do not want overflow of cars from retail areas taking up parking in residential areas, especially at night. Safety is also improved at night by restricting parking to residents and their guests (note the "Neighborhood Watch" sign). Likewise, most residents want the streets swept and the majority who move their cars during the designated periods agree that those who don't should be ticketed. Similarly, tow-away zones are frequently put in place to satisfy requests from businesses, which can subsequently go out of business as in your example. SoCal connected should have inquired with the city before stating that, quote "there is no reason for a tow-away zone". With regard to parking enforcement officers, many people in town agree that Sheriff's Deputies should not be spending their time writing parking tickets - that's the job of dedicated meter "maids" or gents, and that the only way to convince people they WILL be ticketed or towed is to have enough parking enforcement staff to do the job ("swarms" is however an overstatement). The whining "Ph.D. in parking" who gets at least one ticket every month has only himself to blame, and perhaps should consider training in other forms of transportation. Hopefully SoCal Connected can introduce a little more balance to its rebroadcasts later this week.

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KBurto is inventing his own reality to argue against. For example: "With regard to parking enforcement officers, many people in town agree that Sheriff's Deputies should not be spending their time writing parking tickets - that's the job of dedicated meter "maids" or gents..."

The Sheriff's Department did parking enforcement in West Hollywood with parking enforcement officers, not with sworn deputies. The thing that you're arguing against is not a thing that anyone is arguing for.

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i live in the city of west hollywood and i'm glad there are fairly strict parking enforcement. if people whine and complain about getting a ticket, then they shouldn't break the law in the first place. and, the various parking signs aren't that difficult to decipher unless if you are suffering from dyslexia or if you lack deductive reasoning skills.