December 11, 2012
When the Los Angeles City Council voted last week to reaffirm its 2-year-old policy of ticketing cars parked in spaces with broken meters, blogs lit up with outrage from Los Angeles drivers. It's hard enough to find an empty, legal parking spot in car-choked L.A. It seems downright churlish to penalize drivers for parking at faulty meters that won't even accept their money. Back before the 2010 policy went into effect, the city would let you park at a broken meter for free. But those were the old coin-only meters, and according to a city transportation spokesperson, 10% of them were broken at any one time - the result, for the most part, of vandalism.
August 4, 2012 |
Carmelita Jeter couldn't fend off a late burst of speed by Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who repeated as gold medalist in the women's 100 meters Saturday in London. Jeter burst out of the blocks at the front of the pack and was fighting for the lead with Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown when the defending champion surged into the lead and held off the competition at the finish line to win in 10.75 seconds. Jeter finished second in 10.78, followed by Campbell-Brown, who also took third in the 2008 Summer Games.
August 5, 2012 |
LONDON - Justin Gatlin of the U.S. recorded the fastest time in the semifinals of the men's 100-meter dash Sunday, enhancing the anticipation for the final that will be run in a few hours at the Olympic Stadium. Gatlin was timed in 9.82 seconds in a powerful and seemingly effortless first-heat performance that brought him home ahead of Churandy Martina of the Netherlands (9.91). In the second heat, Usain Bolt of Jamaica eased up and looked around but still cruised to the line in 9.87 seconds, ahead of American Ryan Bailey (9.96)
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July 2, 2013 |
The L.A. City Council's newly minted Transportation Committee chairman used his first motion Tuesday to deride a controversial policy that allows the city to ticket motorists who park in spaces monitored by what turns out to be a broken meter. "As a candidate, I heard a lot of people who were highly annoyed about this," said Councilman Mike Bonin. "Even if the impact is a small one, it still sends this horrible message that the city isn't on your side. " Before 2010, motorists could park at broken meters across the city without fear of reprisal.
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July 31, 2013 |
Drivers will no longer get a ticket for parking at a broken parking meter in the city of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council unanimously agreed Wednesday to overturn a policy that allowed vehicles to be ticketed when parked at broken or inoperable meters. City officials had said the ticketing policy would discourage drivers from vandalizing meters and parking for free. Since that time, new parking meter technology has made such a law unnecessary, said Councilman Mike Bonin, who introduced the motion . The city's new high-tech smart meters , which accept credit cards, send a text message to the city's repair crew when a meter's coin slots or card readers jam. The average response time to repair a meter is now about two hours, Transportation Department engineer Daniel Mitchell said.
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August 14, 2012 |
City Hall has been squeezing every penny out of Los Angeles motorists in recent years, approving hundreds of new parking meters and repeatedly jacking up parking fines. But one corner of Los Angeles has managed to buck the tide, convincing the City Council not just to remove hundreds of meters but to reduce rates by up to half on the machines that remain. On Monday, San Pedro civic leaders conducted a ceremonial parking meter beheading to celebrate an extraordinary victory: the removal of 645 parking meters in their community and nearby Wilmington.