ECHO PARK — Last May Councilman Mitch O’Farrell unveiled new signs warning motorists that they needed permits to park on some Echo Park streets during ball games at nearby Dodger Stadium. Baseball season has come and gone but those permits were never issued and the signs were not enforced, according to one resident.
The “District D” preferential parking permit signs were installed on short sections of Scott Avenue and Academy Road to prevent visiting fans from taking over street parking and make it easier for locals to find a spot with a permit.
“I was told we would get them before post-season,” said resident Matthew Dubois. “We have not received anything about actually applying for the permits.”
Apparently the Echo Park permits were delayed because of a backlog at the Department of Transportation, which is processing numerous other preferential parking districts across the city, said department spokesman Bruce Gillman. He said more staff is being hired to reduce the backlog.
“We anticipate residents who wait to obtain permits until January 2016 should be able to fill out an application, present proof of residence and then obtain two vehicle-specific permits at any of the four Parking Violations Bureau/Customer Service Centers in the City of Los Angeles,” Gillman said.
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