Friday, October 28, 2016

Some of the city’s top streets for parking tickets are in Atwater, Highland Park and Silver Lake

Photo by Cecilia Padilla-Brill

NBC 4 analyzed more than 9 million parking citations issued since 2012 and identified “Parking Ticket Hot Zones,” blocks and streets where parking enforcement officers seems to be especially busy writing tickets. A list of the 100 top streets for parking tickets included locations in Atwater Village, Highland Park and Silver Lake. Not surprisingly, these streets were near popular drinking and dining destinations:

Atwater Village

  • 3100 Glendale Boulevard: 8,571 tickets

Highland Park

  • 5000 block of York Boulevard: 6,351 tickets

Silver Lake

  • 1000 block of Hyperion Avenue: 11,090 tickets
  • 1000 block of Sanborn Avenue: 7,424 tickets

NBC 4 found that about  one in seven tickets were issued in  just 300 of the city’s 361,000 blocks.  The Deputy Chief of the city’s Parking Enforcement operations,  Brian Hale,  said his officers look for violators across the city, not just particular areas.

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  1. James Patrick Kelly

    Yep, that’s my ‘hood. I remember the day the meter prices went from $.25 per hour to $1.00 per hour and none of the merchants had been notified. I believe this is a consequence of privatizing parking enforcement, but I have no evidence or source, so if anyone out there does, please clarify.

    • Do you remember the day when there was nothing on York Blvd., but a bunch of auto repair shops? Good times, huh? Too bad we can’t just go back to when HLP was ghetto AF…

    • Another consequence of privatizing parking is they only ticket vehicles that look like they’ll pay. You can park an RV in the same spot for two years, or some shit box for sale for months at a time, no ticket. Clean, registered insured cars are the perfect mark. Parking enforcement no longer works for the community. It raises revenue for private profit, deters customers from from commercial areas, doesn’t address nuisance vehicles.

  2. Bent Over A Bento Box

    Parking is sure tough in the Sunset Junction area of Silver Lake. Now Frost/Chaddock wants to build a Mega Hotel and Mega Luxury Apartments in the same area? Nothing like changing parking from close to impossible to impossible. What’s next? Putting Sunset Blvd on a “Road Diet?”

    • LOL, “Mega Hotels! Mega Luxury Apartments!!”

      These buildings are 4 stories tall. Not unlike a number of nearby buildings that have been in the neighborhood longer than anyone reading this blog. And they’ll have plenty of parking, per the zoning requirements.

      Parking is only tough around Sunset Junction if you expect it to be free. Nothing is free.

      • Bent Over A Bento Box

        “Nothing is free/” Oh… because there is such an abundance of metered parking? Clearly you are not from the neighborhood… but who from Frost/Chaddock is…. LOL!!!!
        Can’t wait to have your luxury apts in the neighborhood after such stelar reviews on yelp:

        • There’s metered spots up and down Sunset. And no, I don’t work for the developer. I just think you’re being hyperbolic. We live in a city. 4 story buildings should come as no surprise.

    • Actually, the City Council a couple months ago did approve a plan to put Sunset Blvd on a road diet, along with several other major streets. And funding to do it is in the November ballot measure to increase the sales tax 1/2% supposedly for transit., So, that’s what you will be voting for in November.

      • Please show us this plan to road diet sunset. I call BS.

      • Road diets are ridiculous, they just punish hardworking people trying to go about their lives. Rowena~!!!!!!!

        • Bent Over A Bento Box

          Please add Virgil to that list! They cut the lanes from two to one and now half of the rush hour traffic is jamming up Hoover. Virgil went on a diet and Hoover got fat!. For you out- of-towners (“corner soul”) those streets are in the vicinity of and feed into the Sunset Junction area.

          • Actually, Hoover is being jammed up by the stop signs they put in up and down the street, the one causing the biggest backup being at Hoover and Bellevue.

          • OMG, stop signs and bike lanes on neighborhood streets… the sky is falling!

        • Such harsh punishment. You have to slow down from 40 to 20 so the elderly and children can safely walk around their neighborhood. Fascism.

  3. No shit all these basic trust fund bitches from the midwest have been noticed by the corrupt LA gov. Legally holding these fools up to pay up.

    • They’re just parking meters. Stop being so melodramatic.

    • WTF does that mean? Maybe you should go back to school – remember – school is cool.

      • It means to not forget to pay the parking meter and to check the parking signs to make sure you are able to park where you intend.

        • $73? Way out of proportion. There are many legit reasons someone might not make it back in time, the penalty is out of line.

    • Don't Trust a Farian

      I’ve lived in Silver Lake for 20 plus years and I have not met “these basic trust fund bitches from the midwest” let alone any trust fund bitches form the midwest. In fact, I lived in the midwest for 20 years before moving to LA and never met a “basic trust fund bitch from the midwest” let alone any trust fund bitch from the midwest. We talkin’ the same midwest Jimmy Trimble?

      • I’ve lived in Highland Park several years and the majority of the transplants here are from Jalisco or Sinaloa.

      • Either way, is it really necessary to use the B-word? Anyone with average intelligence should be able to find a substitute.

  4. Bent Over A Bento Box

    J.W…. You are right that the stop sign on Hoover and Bellevue created problems. But from what I understand, the Virgil Road Diet made things worse. Did all of this happen at the same time? I was reading the article in The Eastsider (October 29, 2014) about it but all the back and forth in the comments section made my head spin:

    • Chocolate-covered traffic

      Bento – I’d say that the removal of 1 NB and 1 SB lane on Virgil and the addition of 2 stop signs on Hoover happened within the same year or two. I’m not sure what the intended effect was for Virgil, but I’m not sure it worked. I don’t see more cyclists on Virgil, but I do see significantly more traffic, with lots of people just texting while their cars idle at the stoplights. It’s messy. So, if there were some kind of environmental impact report done for for the Virgil alteration, I wonder if it addressed the additional pollution caused by all these idling cars. I would have thought the goal was to keep traffic moving, not bring it to a halt.

      • The stated goal of a road diet (and stop signs) is safety.

        The “environmental impact” is less serious traffic collisions and improved mobility options for everyone in the community (not just motorists.) And there’s plenty of traffic data out there to back that up.

        If a pedestrian gets hit by a car careening through the neighborhood at 40mph, they’ll be flattened like a pancake. At 20mph, they stand a much better chance of surviving, possibly avoiding the collision alltogether.

        Beyond that, nobody really wants to go for a stroll or dine outdoors on the side of an “arterial highway”. This, more than anything, is why people stopped walking in LA, and many of our urban neighborhoods went to sh*t. We destroyed the public realm in favor of easy motoring.

        But is that really what city streets are for? High speed traffic sewers for commuters? I thought that was why we built highways, to separate faster moving automobiles from slower moving humanity? Perhaps streets work best as a community hub where local commerce and human interaction can thrive? Maybe you should be expected to slow down when you’re driving through someone’s neighborhood? Is that really such a radical notion?

        I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess that some of you spend way too much time in your cars. Try walking around the community for a change. Maybe you’ll start to see things from your neighbor’s perspective… the parent walking their kids to school, or the shop owner trying to attract more local customers. It’s not always about you and your commute.

    • So are these “problems” and “making it worse” coming from someone who lives, works, or drives through the area?

  5. I wonder if parking tickets on street-sweeping days were tallied separately? Neighborhood streets in Echo Park seldom ever see routine LAPD presence except on street-sweeping days. I’m ill and unable to walk far so when there was no space within walking distance from home I tried using the alley, just for two hours. Ticketed there too, but we see no LAPD neighborhood patrol of our alleys at any other times.

  6. I wish they would write more tickets on Glendale Blvd. near the Red Lion! I’ve seen cars parked in front of Red Lion and the meters were flashing as I entered Red Lion, and a couple hours later, same car, same flashing meter and no ticket!

  7. First, you can’t get a parking cop to come by and ticket unlawful parkers in my part of Silver Lake. Next, you can’t get the many ‘homes on wheels’ moved from where they moved in along the reservoir. Finally, if you park – PARK LAWFULLY and pay the meter, or shut up.

    • There is a good reason not to send parking enforcement officers to deal with the parking issues currently facing your immedeate residential area.
      Lack of enforcement will allow the problem to continue and grow worse until you and your neighbors are ready to welcome establishment of a preferential permit parking district.
      Your councilman can then take credit for getting something done about the problem and the city can generate more revenue from selling parking permits to you and issueing citations to your friends who stop in to visit you and forget to run back out with your guest permit.

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