A Silver Lake freelance writer named Julian walked over to his car parked on Maltman Avenue near Larissa Drive on Wednesday morning as he prepared to head off to work. But there was a problem. His car was gone. In fact, there were no cars or trucks anywhere on Maltman. Julian later encountered some of his neighbors at a downtown tow yard as they plunked down $272 to recover their vehicles, which had been towed away as city crews prepared to spread a new layer of asphalt across Maltman. Yes, warning signs and flyers had been posted, but Julian, who also had to pay a $78 parking ticket and lost a day’s work retrieving his car, said the notices were too vague and small to be noticed when he got home on Tuesday night.
“My car was towed as a result of what I think is inadequate signage and poor preparation by the city,” Julian said in an email.
Julian noted that the white and red “No Parking” signs said Wednesday but did not give a date. A date was provided on a separate notice but that notice was printed on a hard-to-see blue flyer that was taped on fences . There was also no information on how towed cars could be located and recovered.
He asks that the city provide better notification to avoid such a costly and time-consuming ordeal:
Sorry to sound grumpy. I just feel that this experience is really unfair and I’m sure others – besides me – have been towed before and wondered why the process singles out neighborhood residents who aren’t trying to obstruct street work. It’d be great to hear them, and see if there is any recourse from the City in the future. Even if I don’t get awarded back my money, it’d be good to implement some new rules to help future residents from suffering a similar experience.