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I want to purchase parking spot in front of my house …

by reta moser
I want to purchase the parking place in front of my house for $18K. I am ready to write the check.

It is my understanding that businesses and restaurants can grandfather and buy their parking way thru our City planning to the tune of $18K per space. It has gone too far. Doing such leaves customers, employers, and employees totally dependent on parking in front of residents’ homes. It is purchased parking. So I want to purchase the space in front of my house. At one hearing, I offered to do such and I was told it didn’t work that way. Why not?

This parking space “given” or “purchased” by businesses and restaurants means blatantly that businesses and restaurants can operate without parking and use mine. Some businesses and restaurants even rent out their parking and let their tenants, customers, employees find on-street parking, which is in front of my house.

Some businesses are zoned for “in-home” businesses and have twenty employees with no place to park. Apartment owners rent out their visitor and extra spaces, giving one space per apartment and leaving overflow for residential parking. All are examples of what I call illegal, but apparently it isn’t, and even if it were illegal, LA has no enforcement. They park in front of my house.

This is why I want to purchase the spot in front of my house. The price of $18K is doable and I am ready to write the check.

The system the City has now is inequitable and can never be mended once the heaven should bestow Venice with permit parking. What would happen to businesses, restaurants without residential parking? Customers forced to use a bike?

Councilman Mike Bonin, you want to get people out of their cars and on their bikes? Get the California Coastal Commission (CCC) to give us permit parking for residents. I know it requires an acceptable Land Use Plan. Get City Planning to stop this “buy your parking” space for $18K or let residents do such too. And 18K … we won’t mention that price.

Another way to look at it is to let me buy the spot in front of my house and rent it out. One restaurant in contention now requires 12 spaces, four will be grandfathered, and the rest the owner will buy. One of those phantom–purchased spaces will be in front of my house. Why can’t I buy the spot in front of my house and use it or rent it to the restaurateur?

They have petitions and protests for everything. Venetians, let’s unite and protest. I will be first to put my signature on this petition. Go for it Venetians.

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