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No Place to Park–Skyhooks Needed!


By Ruth Lerner and Charles Quinn

So Oxford Triangle Venetians, not only is it impossible to park on our street , Stanford Ave, ( the spots are ALL taken by 9AM! ) but we now have a new problem to contend with. On Weds. morning when Charles couldn’t find a place to park he made the ‘mistake’ of parking in our driveway behind my car. We discovered shortly after when I went to get my car that he had been cited with a ticket for  $68 for parking on the sidewalk ! In fact he wasn’t blocking the sidewalk as can be seen from the photo

This is not only infuriating but now will only add to the parking congestion if it’s ‘illegal’ to piggy back park in one’s driveway and more residents have to find street parking! Clearly the problem is made worse by people from local businesses, especially the boxing place on the corner of Stanford and Washington , residents of The Jefferson, patrons of Brennan’s pub, employees of businesses on Lincoln and neighbors who have 4-6 cars and trucks that are all parking on Stanford!

What can we do about this situation which is only going to worse? Is permit parking really not an option? Finding a place to park near to ones’ home is starting to feel like New York City !

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  4. Lee

    Brings up the question, where are all the employees for the new Trader Joe’s shopping center going to park? TJ’s is notorious for having too small parking lots so I’m sure their new store will be no different.

  5. Anonymous

    Homeless don’t pay fines so are seldom cited – Residents pay and pay and pay and pay and pay and pay………………..

    • TheV.

      Absolutely. Hard to get someone sans ID or physical address to pay up (or have any consequences for not paying,) while it’s just so much easier to wring money out of residents. Sad but true.

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  7. reta

    It is not only Stanford but Berkeley, Thatcher, Princeton West and lots of Oxford. Businesses on Princeton are using these streets to park. Workers park on our streets and then walk thru the pedestrian opening at Princeton East. Not fair but no one listened to us when we tried during planning process not to have these pedestrian openings and now we suffer and all have moved on.

    We have even had them move garbage cans to accommodate their vehicles.

    Perhaps, Bonin would like to become a hero and close the pedestrian openings and put commercial cars with commercial businesses and let residential cars park on the residential streets.

    Do I hear any comments on this????

    • TheV.

      Well, now I feel like a total arsehole for having spent this past summer parking on all the above-listed streets… I was working 9-6 on Princeton for a few months– when I asked that job where the hell I should park around there, my (former) employer had excitedly pointed out all those lovely streets, and I, in turn, kept parking further and further into them, delighted to keep my car (and myself) as far as possible from Rite Aid Meth Row while I’d skip to Princeton through the pedestrian entrances. I am so sorry. I did try to park in front of those units that are being re-constructed.

      When I’m, say, visiting closer to the beach where I used to live, I’ll always park in a 2- or 4-hour limited area, knowing from my tenure there that locals deserve the non-timed spaces. But yeah– that MDR nook must be a nightmare for its residents with all the Princeton businesses, hipster restaurant startups, friggin’ turtle racing… sheesh.

      Although closing the pedestrian openings would deter a lot of that parking, and I hate to say this, they’re probably there to stay, as a fire-safety requirement/exit route. But don’t quote me on that. Seems like residents demanding permit-parking zones might be a next step (but I’m not sure if that’s only an SM thing and not allowed in LA’s burbs.)

      • TheV.

        Forgot to add: that Princeton loft had 19 (!?!) employees crowded into one singular unit with just the business owner parking inside the lot– so there’s just one case of 18 more cars on those streets. (And yes, the stress of working three feet on all sides next to folks drove more than a few of us to more than a few, uh, “lunches” at Brennan’s :-P)

      • reta

        TheV is right. Most use their garages in the area but what happens when you have a gardener, a nanny, a housecleaner who needs a place to park. The fellow you worked for obviously does not have a permit that would check for the parking. Landlords who care would never allow such. Perhaps, the property owner is the business owner too. Some people have no conscience and they usually get theirs in the end. What kind of business was it. Am curious.

        • 2afraid2postmyname

          Nooo, no no no: please read carefully.

          I worked (post, video/film) in the last months inside the Princeton Lofts. One hundred percent legit. But, don’t get me going on about the Princeton Lofts: they shove W-4 employees into there. I’ll shut the **** up now.

  8. Nick Z

    You should argue that you were “storing” your belongings on the sidewalk but not blocking access and, like homeless belongings, need a 24-hour notice before they can move it or penalize you. Seems like a double standard that you could make an issue of and win. Would probably require a lawsuit, so not worth it economically.

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