LA Parking Meters Vote: More Than 400 Will Be Added To Streets

By Eliza Fisher : The Huffington Post – excerpt

In a city where nearly everyone drives, any news regarding parking is bound to be upsetting.

Yesterday, the LA City Council voted to add more than 400 parking meters to the city’s streets, in an attempt to boost revenue, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The affected areas include Palms, just north of Culver City by the 10 Freeway, where 247 meters will be erected, as well as Westchester near LAX, where another 190 meters will go up.

According to the Times, the new meters will generate more than $280,000 per year for the city. That expected revenue will hopefully follow the $653,000 earmarked for the project, reports JournalStar.com…

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This is clearly a state-wide issue. Is LA really trying to become anti-car?

California high-speed rail funds face key vote in state Senate

By: Will Reisman : San Francisco Examiner – excerpt

The state Senate will vote today on releasing $2.7 billion in funds for California’s high-speed rail project, a decision that will likely define the fate of the $68 billion undertaking…

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner

We know that not everyone cares about the high-speed rail project, but many people are seeing the need for more maintenance on existing local systems rather than financing grandiose future projects in these times of economic uncertainty. Considering the Fed has already passed this on by, perhaps the state should put it on hold as well.

State Bill Would Cut Back on Parking Required Near Transit

By James Brasuell : la.curbed – excerpt – to comment hit the quote

The American Planning Association has made surprise objections to AB 904, a state bill that would lower parking minimums for housing and commercial projects adjacent to transit. An updated version of last year’s AB 710, which failed to pass the State Senate, AB 904 appears to be an urban planner’s dream come true: the bill would require cities to reduce parking requirements in transit-rich neighborhoods in the hopes of lowering the cost of construction and making housing and commercial buildings easier to build in areas served by public transit..

Last year’s AB 710 died because of opposition from affordable housing advocates and the League of California Cities; the latter has already expressed opposition to the new version of the bill because it “prohibit(s) communities from determining the level of sufficient parking appropriate for their neighborhoods.”…

B 904 already passed the Assembly in January, with a unanimous vote. The bill is expected to appear before the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on June 27. If you want to bone up on the issue ahead of the next round of hearings, the California Infill Builders Association has posted an FAQ sheet about the bill on its website (pdf)..

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It is time for the voters who opposed the anti-car attitude to speak up and stop this madness. The breakdown in BART last week brought most of us to a rude awakening that we cannot rely on pubic transit for all our needs. When one system goes down they are all impacted. We need a balanced transit plan that includes cars and parking spaces.

Americans want the freedom liberty that comes with owning a car. See some of our reasons why and take action to protect your rights.

Related Links:

Last Year’s Parking Bill AB 710 Resurrected in AB 904
Creates Disincentive for Infill Projects and Hurts Affordable Housing

Resrrected Parking Bill Draws Fire from APA