My group welcomes The Times' endorsement of overnight restricted parking for Venice residents. However, your recommendation for replacement on a one-for-one basis — for example, 700 replacement and exempted parking spaces, allowing just 700 resident permits — is off-base.
Venice's land-use plan suggests a one-for-one replacement of street spaces that are committed to residents 24 hours a day, while the Venice overnight parking program going before the California Coastal Commission would cover only three hours, from 2 to 5 a.m. The program would leave these spaces unrestricted during the day, when visitor demand is highest.
By the Coastal Commission's own estimate, there is practically no visitor demand between 2 and 5 a.m., just a couple dozen joggers, surfers, cyclists and anglers. Requiring the city of Los Angeles to make new parking available at considerable cost during the early morning window makes little sense.