Is the Getty Center hurting for money or something? Given the huge amount of funding they throw around in research fields, acquisitions and grants, seems like cutting their open hours back and increasing the cost of parking isn’t exactly the most effective area to be making cuts. But what do I know, I was only a hack assistant at LACMA for a year or so and I don’t know much ’bout the business of running a museum.
I’m just bummed because the best part of visiting the Getty, for me, wasn’t the art, but that thing that art always strives to capture but never fully can: the sunset. And while with autumn on its way sunset will, eventually, fall within that 5:30 cutoff, I still am sad to see the late hours go. But hey, if that’s what’ll let them keep paying for those fancy climate-controls in the galleries so the paintings don’t disintegrate, well, then I guess it’s ok.
The new hours posted here…the old hours show up here and here, although I suspect the times on those sites may be corrected in a day or two.
I’ve been mostly out of town for the last two months so when I pulled into my regular public parking spot to get a cold afternoon treat, I noticed the parking meters had all been beheaded and a new-fangled meter installed in one spot near the sidewalk.
Using it is very straighforward — note your spot number, punch it in, then deposit coins or credit card (woot!) to pay. My favorite part is you don’t have to then go back to your car and put a ticket in the window.
I’m sure there are all kinds of ways this new technology will get messed up, but for now, I’m liking it. Have you seen these all over town already and I’m just late? Anyone have any problems with them yet?
Another photo after you deposit a coin in the slot.
Starting this Friday, 3-14-08, The City will implement a “No Overnight Parking Zone” from 2AM to 6AM daily on Riverside Drive between Los Feliz and Oros St., as well as Allesandro Ave. between Riverside Drive and Glendale Blvd. Residents can obtain permits for “District 527” and more information by calling the Dept of Transportation (213)473-7890.For decades people have lived in motor homes and other vehicles on Riverside Drive. In response to the increased number of vehicles and neighborhood complaints, the City crafted this solution after years of discussion within City Council District 13.Parking District 527 will be expandable if motor homes start parking on adjacent residential streets. The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council and CD13 identified the most likely streets last fall.IMPORTANT NOTE: If motor homes begin parking on your residential street, report the activity immediately to 1-877-ASK-LAPD and your Senior Lead Officer. Additionally, contact CD13 (if you are south of Fletcher) and report the motor homes to Billie Jean Londono (323)957-4500 or Sallie Martinez (323)478-9002. CD13 will create a file to establish justification for expanding the district. However, the downside is neighbors would have to purchase parking permits. So calling the LAPD is important to reinforce that our residential streets are not appropriate for motor homeless living.