At a recent blogging.la author meet-up, we discussed some of our favorite “secret” parking spots, etc. around L.A. Everyone knows that parking in Los Feliz can be tricky, especially on a weekend night. A favorite not-so-secret place to park has always been the post office lot on Vermont, just south of Franklin.
Well, I should say was. I’m not sure when the change occurred, but when I stopped at the post office on my way to work this morning to drop off some mail, I spotted a sign for $2.00/hour and a pre-pay parking box.
Say it isn’t so! I was already running a little behind, so I just snapped the one photo with my cell phone, but the signs on the side of the building indicate that you must pay anytime outside of post office hours. Bummer.
This is super cool and long overdue: Los Angeles is part of a pilot program launched yesterday, called “Mail Back.” In an effort to help people discard used or obsolete small electronics and cartridges in an environmentally responsible way, the program provides free, postage-paid envelopes for mailing back “inkjet cartridges, PDAs, Blackberries, digital cameras, iPods and MP3 players.” There’s absolutely no cost to the customer, and the items are recycled. The Mail Back envelopes are available at displays in Post Office lobbies, and if the pilot program proves successful, it could go national this fall.
The program was launched by the U.S. Postal Service and is being paid for by Clover Technologies Group, “a nationally recognized company that recycles, remanufactures and remarkets inkjet cartridges, laser cartridges and small electronics. If the electronic item or cartridges cannot be refurbished and resold, its component parts are reused to refurbish other items, or the parts are broken down further and the materials are recycled.”