ECHO PARK — With the growing popularity of Sunset Boulevard as a place to shop, dine and drink, there’s also been an increase in complaints from residents about a parking crunch and more traffic on nearby streets. That’s why Councilman Mitch O’Farrell has requested that the city establish a temporary permit parking district for some streets northwest of Sunset and Alvarado.
Permit parking districts impose additional parking restrictions on city streets, including banning overnight parking in some cases. Residents and others must purchase permits to avoid getting cited under the provisions of the parking district. In Echo Park, a small section of Laveta Terrace north of Sunset Boulevard is already covered by a permit parking district that imposes a 1-hour parking limit from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and bans overnight parking from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. for those without a permit. The temporary districts are subject to renewal.
The new temporary permit parking district now being considered would include portions of Mohawk, Elsinore and Waterloo streets, according to a Council District 13 field report presented at the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council. Creation of the permit parking district, however, requires a petition to be circulated and signed by residents and City Council approval.
“This is a long process but it has begun,” according to the field report.