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November 21, 2012
Re "L.A. looks to curb unruly valet parking," Nov. 17 One sentence in this article stuck out: "Several city agencies and valet company operators and business worked together to devise the proposed rules. " Huh? I have witnessed and experienced all of the egregious valet parking behaviors detailed in the article. The most heinous behavior has been "monopolizing metered spots. " Why can valet companies use street spots in the first place? Some might ask why valets shouldn't be able to use the same meters as everyone else.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A shooting at a Pico Rivera nightclub over the weekend left a valet worker dead and a security guard wounded.  The mayhem at El Rodeo nightclub in the 8800 block of Washington Boulevard took place at about 2:40 a.m. Sunday when a man who had allegedly caused a disturbance earlier in the night returned, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Witnesses told police that the man had been escorted out of the building by security earlier that night "but later returned with four associates.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A shooting at a Pico Rivera nightclub over the weekend left a valet worker dead and a security guard wounded.  The mayhem at El Rodeo nightclub in the 8800 block of Washington Boulevard took place at about 2:40 a.m. Sunday when a man who had allegedly caused a disturbance earlier in the night returned, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Witnesses told police that the man had been escorted out of the building by security earlier that night "but later returned with four associates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
In a sunbaked parking lot near downtown Los Angeles, a young man in a red polo shirt hopped out of a Honda sedan and jogged to the nearby valet stand, eyeing a long line of customers. "It can get pretty hectic here," valet Elmer Nolasco said, grabbing a stack of parking stubs. "The factory workers, they come and go at the same time. " After complaints that workers were late for their shifts because there was not enough parking, American Apparel - the largest sewing facility in North America - has hired a valet company to wrangle thousands of cars at the company's vast Alameda Street headquarters.
FOOD
November 25, 2009
How many times have you stood in the valet line to retrieve your car after a meal only to realize that you don't have any cash? Starting Dec. 1, valet stands at Osteria and Pizzeria Mozza in Hollywood and the just-opened Bouchon in Beverly Hills will accept credit cards. Regent Hospitality Parking, which provides valet services for those restaurants and others, says valet stations will have wireless credit card terminals and transactions will be completed "in less than one minute."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A man who was struck by a hit-and-run driver as a valet opened the door of his Ford Focus early Sunday morning has died, officials said. The 22-year-old Van Nuys resident was pronounced dead at 5:46 p.m. Sunday, according to Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner's office. His identity had not been released Monday pending notification of family. Police are still looking for the driver of a newer model silver Hyundai sedan who was heading westbound on Ventura Boulevard west of Kester Avenue  in Sherman Oaks before crashing into the open driver's door of the parked Focus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
It's a familiar scene in car-centric Los Angeles: Motorist drives up in expensive car to sidewalk lectern with "valet parking" sign. Motorist tosses keys to total stranger wearing black pants and white shirt. Convenience to some, menace to others, L.A.'s myriad parking valets could soon, for the first time, be subject to regulation. Critics complain that fly-by-night valets have turned trusting souls into cynics by failing to cover damage to vehicles or by lifting valuables from glove compartments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Valet parking operators in Los Angeles would be regulated for the first time under an ordinance the City Council approved unanimously on Wednesday. The new rules, subject to a second vote by the council, would require a valet operator in Los Angeles to obtain a permit, carry liability insurance, provide proof of off-street spaces for parking cars and ensure that valet workers had valid California driver's licenses. The ordinance would prohibit operators from using public street parking without permission and from blocking traffic.
NEWS
October 7, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Stephen Barry, who was Prince Charles' personal valet for 12 years and whose published accounts of his tenure provoked a storm of protest in Great Britain, died of AIDS over the weekend, two wire services reported Monday. Reuters quoted a close friend of Barry's as saying Barry died Saturday at a London hospital. United Press International reported that British newspapers said he had died of acquired immune deficiency syndrome at St. Stephen's Hospital.
NEWS
September 25, 1990
Concerning Joseph N. Bell's Aug. 24 article objecting to the growing practice of restaurants forcing unwanted valet parking on the public, Mr. Bell should have had the fortitude to fight back. I wholly agree with Joe and The Times in deploring the practice, but both overlooked the obvious method of cure. It's very simple. Mention the offending restaurants by name. That would have ensured a fast cure and would also have been a very nice tit for tat. Joe would have been scratching that itch and The Times would have performed a public service for the majority of patrons at a possible very small cost in advertising.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A man who was struck by a hit-and-run driver as a valet opened the door of his Ford Focus early Sunday morning has died, officials said. The 22-year-old Van Nuys resident was pronounced dead at 5:46 p.m. Sunday, according to Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner's office. His identity had not been released Monday pending notification of family. Police are still looking for the driver of a newer model silver Hyundai sedan who was heading westbound on Ventura Boulevard west of Kester Avenue  in Sherman Oaks before crashing into the open driver's door of the parked Focus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
The license plate on his practical Toyota read "MR VALET," but the tales Herb Citrin gleefully shared about his pioneering business empire - based on tossing car keys to nattily dressed parking attendants - often involved far more upscale automobiles. There was the 1937 Lincoln Zephyr that slid into the ocean in Marina del Rey minutes after his employees parked it and the Jaguar, with key left in the ignition, that was driven off the lot by a distinguished-looking man who, as it turned out, did not own it. And then there was the time a horrified Citrin watched as a car in his care miraculously rolled across busy La Cienega Boulevard, without a driver or a scratch.
NEWS
March 26, 2013 | By Mary Forgione
The Omni San Diego Hotel attached to Petco Park offers savings on a spring stay that includes valet parking and other extras. For those who want to unwind on a weekend getaway, the 511-room hotel has a heated pool and jacuzzi and a stone fireplace -- with no resort fee tacked on to the bill. The deal: The Sun Diego package starts at $281 a night plus tax and includes valet parking, two Sea Breeze cocktails at McCormick & Schmick's and a bottle of sunscreen. When: The offer is good through May 31. Tested: I found availability for a room on Mother's Day weekend (May 10-12)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Is Thomas the luckiest valet in all of England, or is Lord Grantham simply the dumbest aristocrat? That's what I'm left wondering at the end of a two-hour installment of “Downton Abbey,” double-stuffed with all the dishy twists and turns that make this series both so enjoyable and so vexing at the same time.  Of course the big news this week revolves around Thomas, the valet with nine lives. Spurred on by O'Brien, a woman with a boundless appetite for vengeance but far less abundant motives  -- someone please remind me why she's so mad at Thomas again?
NEWS
January 31, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
San Francisco's Chinatown will celebrate the Year of the Snake on Feb. 23 with the Chinese New Year Parade, a tradition that dates to the 1860s. Omni San Francisco Hotel offers a room package that includes parade tickets and breakfast starting at $301 a night. The deal: The Chinese New Year Package comes with two bleacher seat tickets for the Feb. 23 parade, breakfast through room service or in the hotel's restaurant, free valet parking and a fortune cookie. The hotel at 500 California St. is close to Chinatown, too. When: The offer is good for stays Feb. 22-24 but requires a Feb. 23 stay.
BUSINESS
December 5, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Facing a drop in parking revenue, the managers of the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank announced plans Wednesday to raise parking rates at several lots. A decline in passengers and the closure of an off-site parking lot has led to the decline in parking revenue over the last year, according to airport officials. "The decision to raise rates in certain lots comes in the face of falling parking revenue that could affect our ability to supply the level of comfort and convenience our passengers desire," said Dan Ferger, executive director of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority.
MAGAZINE
June 4, 2000 | LESLEE KOMAIKO
On Saturday nights, the driveway of Hollywood's Sunset Room club and restaurant becomes a clogged artery of late-model automotive privilege. Below, we document the struggles of 36-year-old Lala Amina Nil, a valet for California Parking Services, as she keeps the BMWs purring and the SUVs moving. * 8:30 p.m. Nil slides into new black Lexus belonging to middle-aged couple blissing out to The Wave. She gets to end of driveway before a reporter timidly points out that emergency brake is on.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
In a sunbaked parking lot near downtown Los Angeles, a young man in a red polo shirt hopped out of a Honda sedan and jogged to the nearby valet stand, eyeing a long line of customers. "It can get pretty hectic here," valet Elmer Nolasco said, grabbing a stack of parking stubs. "The factory workers, they come and go at the same time. " After complaints that workers were late for their shifts because there was not enough parking, American Apparel - the largest sewing facility in North America - has hired a valet company to wrangle thousands of cars at the company's vast Alameda Street headquarters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Valet parking operators in Los Angeles would be regulated for the first time under an ordinance the City Council approved unanimously on Wednesday. The new rules, subject to a second vote by the council, would require a valet operator in Los Angeles to obtain a permit, carry liability insurance, provide proof of off-street spaces for parking cars and ensure that valet workers had valid California driver's licenses. The ordinance would prohibit operators from using public street parking without permission and from blocking traffic.
OPINION
November 21, 2012
Re "L.A. looks to curb unruly valet parking," Nov. 17 One sentence in this article stuck out: "Several city agencies and valet company operators and business worked together to devise the proposed rules. " Huh? I have witnessed and experienced all of the egregious valet parking behaviors detailed in the article. The most heinous behavior has been "monopolizing metered spots. " Why can valet companies use street spots in the first place? Some might ask why valets shouldn't be able to use the same meters as everyone else.
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