Addicted to spending, a City with a Mayor who is disbursing like a druken sailor at a rate 1/3 higher than when he took office a scant three years ago, Los Angeles is looking for every place possible to squeeze the populace for their last dime.
One of the ways our brilliant leaders are doing so is by increasing parking meter rates, extending the hours and days the meters are in service and reducing the amount of time motorists can park in business districts. In some cases meters are being extended as late as midnight (instead of the customary 6:00 p.m. deadline) and on Sundays as well (which always used to be free all day).
These last two points in particular have live theater owners in the fledgling NoHo Arts District fuming. After many lean years during subway and other construction the foot traffic that has finally come to patronize theaters, galleries and other businesses in the once downtrodden neighborhood is being severly impacted by the City's recent moves. The changes to hours and rates for parking meters are forcing patrons to leave theatres during the middle of shows to either feed the meter or move their vehicles. The City spent billions to build the NoHo District and now for a few million at most they're killing it.
Solomon Wolfson, writing at Notes from LA, serves up two good points on meters. One a silly piece in CurbedLA that claims meters are good because the funds earned by the no-armed bandits are used to revitalize the surrounding area. Not true in LA. Never true in LA. Previously parking meter money was banked in the local Council office as sort of a slush fund for the Clowncil members; until budget realities and bad PR forced them to give that up to the general fund. Now money earned in North Hollywood or Highland Park meters are being spent on potholes in San Pedro, tree trimming in Granada Hills or the Mayor's travel budget.
Solomon then goes on to say what the bozos in City Hall won't admit - they're addicted to spending and like a crack whore who must turn her next trick to get some more blow, the Mayor and Clowncil spokes-holes rationalize with silly nonsense about how raising parking fees will cut traffic.
However until the people in this town wake the F up and get a clue as to what's going on they will like sheep continue to put more of their hard earned money into the meters oblivious that they have a say-so and then drive over to neighboring cities - like Burbank - who don't have parking meters.