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September 22, 1993 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Downtown. And down in the dumps. That's where most of the 2,000 state workers picked to move to new office facilities in Los Angeles seemed headed Tuesday as Gov. Pete Wilson confirmed plans to consolidate state operations. Workers at 37 state agencies across Los Angeles County said they do not relish leaving the comfort of the suburbs to work in the congestion of Downtown Los Angeles.
July 9, 2004 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn wants to free hybrid vehicle drivers from fear of the city's parking enforcement officers by allowing hybrids to park at meters at no cost. "I think we want to do whatever we can to improve air quality in Los Angeles," said the mayor, adding that he hopes the plan encourages motorists to turn to hybrids. "I think it will be fun. People will realize they won't have to fish around for those quarters," he said.
March 11, 2003 | William Lobdell, Times Staff Writer
Newport Beach can continue to give free beach parking -- a rare and valuable commodity in town -- to churchgoers on Sunday mornings, a federal judge has ruled. John Nelson, a Lido Isle resident, filed suit in January alleging that the city is violating the church-state separation clause of the 1st Amendment by giving worshipers special rights: free Sunday-morning parking at metered spots near four churches. But U.S. District Court Judge David O.
January 29, 2012 | Steve Lopez
Call them cretins, barbarians - whatever you like. I'm with you. But there are two very good reasons many California drivers abuse disabled placards when they park their vehicles. First, it saves them a lot of money. Second, the chance of getting caught is next to nil. My Wednesday column on the subject has drawn hundreds of responses from readers who have disabilities but struggle to find parking because of all the cheaters, and there were scores of people offering their own evidence of abuse.
June 20, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Park rangers at five L.A.-area parks invite you to come roast a few marshmallows around the campfire and learn about the more natural side of the urban core you live in. Ranger events create an outdoors-in-the-city experience good for children and families -- and they're free. The deal: The evening campfires are sponsored by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, which works to help create open space, trails and habitats in Los Angeles and beyond. The campfires feature ranger talks, sing-alongs and of course marshmallow roasting (if you want s'mores, bring your own graham crackers and chocolate)
October 16, 2010 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Donald Shoup has a quick comeback when people introduce him, as they often do, as the "parking rock star. " 'Parking rock star' is an oxymoron, like 'rap music,'" the UCLA urban planning professor quips, his green eyes twinkling. "Maybe I should change my name to Shoup Dogg. " Add another moniker for a man who has been hailed as the "prophet of parking," the " Jane Jacobs of parking policy" and the inspiration for a Facebook group called "The Shoupistas. " The last is a fitting term for disciples of the Yale-trained economist, whom many credit with fomenting a long-overdue revolution in parking.
December 23, 2010
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March 26, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Half of Southern California travelers plan to visit at least one theme park this year, according to a recent poll by the Automobile Club of Southern California . If Disneyland is the destination, here's a hotel deal from Red Lion Hotel Anaheim with some nice freebies and a nice price: $79 a night. The deal: This offer would work well for families with young children who don't want to worry about driving back and forth to the park. The hotel is a block or so from Disneyland, and a resort shuttle stops at the front door.
December 11, 1988 | MARK LANDSBAUM
One suggestion for motivating people to form car pools is to deny them free parking while raising their salaries by the amount the parking costs. This idea was explored by professors Donald C. Shoup of UCLA and Don H. Pickrell of Harvard University in a 1982 paper entitled "Cashing Out Free Parking." It theorized that employees would have a financial incentive to share rides and pocket their savings.
July 15, 1990 | JIM SIMS is president of Commuter Computer, a nonprofit agency that helps commuters arrange car pools. He talks about the proposed L.A. levy on parking fees and any spillover benefit of encouraging car-pooling
A 10% tax is going to have little or no effect on ride-sharing. Ten percent is not enough to make a difference for the average person who parks downtown; and for many of those people, the employer will be paying the taxes because the parking is subsidized. Begin working with employers to eliminate free parking. If you tax the employer directly for provision of the free parking, then you start to make a difference. Or you can make the employer provide free parking for ride-sharers.
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