Friday, March 27, 2009

Follow the Meter -parking meter that is.

MY METERED DAYS IN L.A.
( NoHo too! )


While there are no 'parking meters'
in Sunland Tujunga where I now live,
my hometown North Hollywood
and most of the City of Los Angeles,
not only have these metered parking
areas, but the fees to use them have
increased substantially.

There are new 'pay stations' near where you park with the
convenience of paying the vastly
increased rates with your credit/
debit cards; do not forget which
'number' your vehicle is parked at.
In North Hollywood the City just
raised the rates using the old meters.
Maybe because the 'pay stations'
DownTown L.A. are at $ 3.00/Hr and the
fees in NoHo are just $ 1.00/Hr.







I work in DownTown L.A. and see the parking
'stations' on a street that goes over the freeway,
where people walk to go to the courts or the Cathedral
(which charges $ 5.00 in their building lot).
The fee to park on the street is now $ 3.00/Hr.

You might as well let 'G-d' watch over your car.

Oh, I forgot to say that the times at these meters have
also increased such as from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. now to 8 p.m.
There goes dining, art openings and stage plays,
DownTown L.A., Hollywood or NoHo.




NoHo


In Chicago the people have, well, revolted somewhat on
this issue when their meters went to $ 4.00/Hr and to 9 p.m.

They started breaking meters.
This is not a cry for this type
of behavior here, yet we can
protest using words to our
elected officials and our votes.



I paid my $ 1.00/Hr the other day when I went to my eye
doctor on Lankershim, parking on the side street Weddington.
I used to throw in a dime.

In NoHo DO NOT park
at the Metro Station BAD, BAD.
This is illegal and your vehicle
could be towed and fined.
-UNLESS you first ride the
escalator down to the Subway
pay machines,
BUY A TICKET ($ 1.25)
and go back up to your dining, art etc.

-at least you paid the fee as if you were on the train.
Kosher, maybe NOT, but at $ 1.00/ Hr metered parking,
you might sneak a savings depending on your stay at NoHo venues.

Finally PLEASE NOTE:
smashing parking meters and using
the Metro Lot ARE VIOLATIONS
so one may be WARNED !



Also, if time allots you could take a ride on the
Metro Redline
to Hollywood
or DownTown L.A.,
which is always fun,
and this would fullfill all the legalities,
who says you can't eat, watch a play and work out at your gym BEFORE your Metro trip.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love how people feel they are entitled to free parking. Curb parking is a public good and should be managed correctly by charging market rates. Free or undercharged parking is exactly the same horrible mismanagement of government property that so many are always screaming about.
Free/cheap parking is a subsidy for the rich since the poor are much less likely to have cars, and therefore less likely to be able to take advantage. Also, research has shown that underpriced parking increases congestion by causing drivers to drive around searching for an available spot. One study showed that underpriced parking in the UCLA area caused about 11 years worth of time to be wasted per year by drivers cruising for parking. Charging market rates would eliminate this problem.

Cheryl said...

If we have assurance that our vehicles are safe on the parking curb area, then I don't mind paying

Anonymous said...

Don"t park at the mojo commons they will tow yorur car almost instantly even though open to public parking

Anonymous said...

NOHO COMMONS. Instant tow