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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 8, 2011
Mark and Cindy Evans make the rounds of Southern California flea markets early, before most shoppers have gotten out of bed. Their favorite stops: The Groves Antique Market Held the first Sunday of the month from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Irvine Valley College, 5500 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. Admission and parking are free. Dogs allowed. (949) 786-5277. Pasadena City College Flea Market Also held on the first Sunday of every month, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Due to a scheduling change, the market happens to be open this Sunday.
November 9, 2005 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
When David Kean got home from his shopping spree Sunday, he immediately went online. "Well, I spent 40K today," wrote Kean, a real estate agent, in a post on the website "Expensive weekend." Pricey jewelry? Luxury car? No, parking spaces. Kean is a future resident of 1100 Wilshire, a swanky high-rise condo development downtown. And for his $40,000, he bought the right to park his Mercedes CLK coupe and Lincoln Aviator in two spaces on the sixth floor of his building.
October 11, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Need a reason to carpool to next week's playoff games at Dodger Stadium? More than 20,000 cars parked Monday night before the Dodgers played the Atlanta Braves. Parking lots filled up, and hundreds of drivers without parking passes were turned away. To reduce the chaos, carpools of four or more people will get free parking during next week's games against the St. Louis Cardinals . The same carpoolers may find their drive to Elysian Park more painless as well: In the most congested stretch of Sunset Boulevard, bus lanes will be open to cars of four or more.
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 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.
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.
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.
January 16, 1992
To a recent laid-off worker: Don't you worry nor wonda There'll be free parking For your Toyota or Honda When you go to that department To apply for unemployment. J. R. JOHNSON Santa Ana
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