Overnight parking restrictions proposed for some Silver Lake streets

Streets where overnight parking would be banned without a permit.

Silver Lake  — Parking overnight on a few streets near the 101 Freeway and Hoover Street would be allowed only to residents who purchase the required permits under a proposal now making its way through City Hall.

The overnight parking restrictions are being considered in response to deal with criminal problems and homeless persons sleeping in cars, according to city documents. It’s not clear, however, what criminal problems are being targeted by the overnight restrictions.

The 2 am to 6 am parking ban would be applied to a few streets near the 101 Freeway and Hoover Street:

  • Plata Street between Hoover Street and Micheltorena Street
  • John Street between Hoover Street and dead end east of Hoover Street
  • Micheltorena Street between Plata Street and London Street
  • Hoover Street between Temple Street and London Street
  • London Street between Hoover Street to Micheltorena Street

Residents who purchase the $15 annual parking permit would be able to park overnight without being cited. The fine is $68.

The restrictions were initially proposed by the office of Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and are being recommended by the Department of Transportation.

The proposal is scheduled to be reviewed by the City Council’s Transportation Committee later this week before going to the full City Council for a vote.

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  1. This is a bad idea. There is no overnight lack of parking on those streets. This is aimed at the homeless people around there, and they are mainly all on foot camping anyway, putting up parking restrictions is not going to do anything to run them out.

    Note, the problem here is that the homeless are all being run out from the only shelter they had under the 101 overpass on Hoover Street. As I always say, if you run them out of there, they will only show up on the sidewalk in front of your house as they have no where else to go. And frankly, it is real cruelty to run them out of the only shelter they have from the rain and from the blistering hot summer sun, under the overpass.

    So, we will have restricted parking, meaning everyone living there is going to have to start paying the annual fee for a pass to park, possibly multiple fees for multiple cars, and they better never have an overnight guest.

    If you are so dead set to get rid of the homeless, then at least don’t foolishly exploit that situation to instead bring in something fake to accomplish that, because the only real reason for this is to instead do everything possible to thwart cars. People here who think otherwise have simply been manipulated.

    With this, everyone there has to pay the city every year, and every time someone new moves in. The homeless will not be thwarted, if you blame crime on them that will be unchanged, but you will have to keep paying and paying the city, and never have an overnight guest.

    And once these restrictions get put in, it is all but impossible to ever get rid of them. Gee, one of the streets is just a 50-foot dead end sandwiched between the freeway and a business that isn’t even open at night!

  2. Mitch O’Farrell hates poor people. This is clearly another attempt to criminalize the houseless and placate the yuppies. Bad policy all around. Shame on him and anyone who supports this garbage.

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