Parking Madness Continues

images1It’s the little things that make life sweet or living hell.  So when just parking your car turns into a major stress point in daily life, you start thinking about who made all these rules that make life way more difficult than it should be in Los Angeles.

Oh!  That’s right!  It was our very own Mayor  Villaraigosa and the esteemed City Council Members.  They needed money for the city,  so they  recently raised the parking meter rates in LA from $1.00 to $2.00 per hour.  Got it.  Times are tough all over.  It’s irritating, but now I just carry around a roll of quarters so I don’t get hit with a $45 fine 1 minute after my meter expires (what?  No grace period?)

Now I’m reading that the Mayor is proposing privatizing all the meters and many of the publicly owned parking garages around town.  And you know where that leads.  Yes, my friends, the rates will be jacked up even more!  In Chicago, where the meters have been taken over by private companies, it costs $3.50 per hour to park and believe me, those meter maids lay in wait for the errant parker.

Funny, I remember a couple of years ago when the Hollywood Redevelopment scheme was being promoted by Councilman Garcetti and others, one of the pluses to making Hollywood more urban would be the plethora of cheap, public parking.   Now that all those dense, hi-rise buildings are about ready to be opened,  gouging the public with even higher parking rates for anyone visiting the shops, restaurants, clubs and theaters in the area seems to be the idea.  Forget all those promises made a couple of years ago.  This is a new financial dawn.

Way to go!  Way to promote more business.  Promote more consumer spending.  Way to build a loyal constituency.  Just make it even MORE expensive to go out on the town.

I, for one, know who I won’t be voting for when the new Governor election rolls around.  And here’s a note to the City Councilmembers.  Remember, we’re all in this together.  Most voters actually do remember how you supported various issues that cost them money.  And then, there’s always the internet, which never forgets