I went to tonightís Community Forum about adding parking meeting to some of the business areas of Silver Lake. Boy howdy is local government a good time. Hereís the skinny: Some local business owners went to Councilman Garcettiís office complaining that the lack of parking turnover in front of their shops was causing serious damage to their businesses. Garcettiís office asked the Department of Transportation to do a study, and what they came back with was putting parking meters in several of the highly trafficked areas, such as Sunset between Fountain and Rosemont, or Silver Lake Blvd. between Berkeley and Swan. This would be the first stage of a process that could eventually include turning some of the side streets into residential permit parking, and even the construction of parking facilities a few years down the line.
Resident reaction was mostly negative. Some of it was downright angry. The consensus among the anti-meter faction seemed to be a) putting meters will only cause the extra cars to migrate to the side streets and force residents to park further away from their homes, b) weíve paid for the streets already, why should we pay again and c) the business owners really arenít having a problem and it’s an excuse to make more money.
Acrimony bubbled under the surface for most of the meeting, and it poked its oily head up several times. A guy next to me kept muttering ìbullshitî under his breath. One woman declared that she would see parking meters in Silver Lake ìover her dead body.î
The whole thing seemed to boil down to whether or not you believe there is a parking shortage for Silver Lake businesses. What do you think? When youíre shopping, do you have trouble finding a place to park on Sunset? Hyperion? Silver Lake Blvd?