Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Apron Parking in Westwood

Hi Councilmember Koretz,

By way of introduction, my name is Flint Dille. I live in the North Village in Westwood, overlooking UCLA. I'm not really asking you to do anything today, I just wanted to give you a heads up on a brewing issue.

I don't know whether you're aware of the long battle the residents of the North Village had with Michael Dukakis over apron parking, but in a nutshell, it was decided by the L.A. City Council (Jack Weiss was our rep then), that they would suspend ticketing for apron parking in Westwood as long as there was no Americans With Disabilities violation (there were 3 feet on the sidewalk for a wheel chair to pass), because there are only 800 spaces for 5000 or so cars and people had done apron parking in Westwood since the beginning.

The good news is that we have not been ticketed and happiness has returned to the North Village. That is, EXCEPT for a couple of times, apparently by an inexperienced parking officer. The problem is that when we try to explain our case to the Parking Violations Bureau, they have blown us off by investigating the situation and finding themselves in the right. This is frustrating. Last time, I believe most of us just paid the ticket. This time, we're going to be a little more aggressive.

I'm linking you to a YouTube video we took upon finding the tickets. It shows the situation pretty clearly.


If there's anything you can do, that would be great, but as I said, this more is just a heads up. We really want to head off the kind of trouble that we had with Professor Dukakis a couple years ago.

Also, it might not be bad to ask the Parking Violations Bureau to set up an email account as mail-in only is unnecessarily difficult and causes unneeded expense.

Thanks for your time,

Flint Dille