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City Weighs Extended Hours for Parking Meters

Public works director Oscar Delgado says city staff plans to present its extended hours proposal to the Transportation Commission on Oct. 24.

City public works director Oscar Delgado Thursday said that city staff would recommend to the Transportation Commission and City Council that parking meter hours are extended throughout the city.

Delgado, along with West Hollywood mayor Jeffrey Prang, says that the turnover of parking spots within the city is minimal, considering most meters are shut off by 6 p.m., which allows visitors to park for hours on end.

By incorporating extended hours, Delgado believes that parking in the city, namely on the Westside, will flow smoother. 

“Parking meters are a real resource,” Delgado said. “While there are very few meters in respect to the overall amount of parking, any time that they’re not turning over, there are issues." 

“If we have businesses that are open until midnight and 2 a.m., the meters should stay on as long as the businesses are open.”

Delgado says that city staff will meet with the Transportation Commission on Oct. 24, and while the hours are not set in stone, he expects that staff will recommend meters on the Westside of the city remain operational until 2 a.m. during the week and on Saturday, similar to meters on Sunset Boulevard. 

As far as the Eastside of the city, towards Fairfax, staff will recommend that meters remain operational until 10 p.m.

Hours of 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. could be put in place for Sunday in both areas, according to Delgado.

“While it does have some nightlife, the Eastside doesn’t have the activity the Westside has,” Delgado said. “But we’re fine-tuning the hours as we speak to see if that’s going to be the final recommendation that we bring before the Transportation Commission and the City Council.”

Delgado says that staff hopes to implement the extended hours by January 1 of 2013. 

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If the extended hours were to be approved, it would not be the only instance in recent memory where parking meters in the city have made a splash. 

In June of this year, parking meter rates went up from $1.00 per hour to $1.50 per hour, which Prang says was necessary in order to pay for new credit card meters throughout the city and to increase the city’s safety budget.

“We use the revenues from the fee increases, which are still less expensive than in L.A. and Beverly Hills, in order to convert all the meters in the city to meters that take credit cards,” Prang said. “Secondly, revenues from those meters will be used for a $1 million enhancement in the city’s safety budget.”

Though the extended hours recommendation has yet to come before City Council, Prang agrees that parking must be mitigated in the entertainment districts of the city.

“When the meters stop collecting at 6 p.m., those spots become de facto all night parking spots,” Prang said. “We’re looking to encourage turnover.”

Delgado did mention some negatives that would accompany extending meter hours, such as the fact that employees of local businesses often park their cars at meters. In hopes of not stripping employees of their normal parking spots, Delgado says he hopes to implement a program in which employees can park at underutilized meter spots with a special permit.

However, Delgado was firm in his belief that meter parking spots should be designated for visitors to the city, not residents choosing to drive a few blocks or late night visitors that plan to stay overnight.

“When people want to come to our city for an hour or two, those are the ones that should be taking advantage of the on street spaces, not people that intend to spend the evening with us,” Delgado said. “We don’t have sufficient turnover at a lot of our meters. It gives the false perception that there is no parking in our city.”

Robert Stallons October 05, 2012 at 02:45 PM
The city has raised the meter rates twice in the last few years and now want to extend the meter hours? The city doesn't need the money that badly and are taking advantage of its citizens. Ridiculous! I'll do business elsewhere.
Matt Baume October 05, 2012 at 05:11 PM
This is a great idea. And this is the sentence that makes the most persuasive argument: “If we have businesses that are open until midnight and 2 a.m., the meters should stay on as long as the businesses are open.” It's so obvious. If customers are still coming to the business, why should the closest spots arbitrarily turn into all-night parking at 6pm? There's plenty of all-night parking in city lots. On-street meters should be for quick errands and short visits. Extending the meter time just makes sense -- especially since WeHo parking is still cheaper than surrounding cities.
Leandro M Pucci October 05, 2012 at 05:49 PM
"In hopes of not stripping employees of their normal parking spots, Delgado says he hopes to implement a program in which employees can park at underutilized meter spots with a special permit." “We don’t have sufficient turnover at a lot of our meters. It gives the false perception that there is no parking in our city.” I never heard so much non-sense! If they are going to consider this, They have to change restricted residential parking to all day as well. The east side of city has a restricted parking enforced after 7pm. All day long there is no parking to be found because they are full with commuters and there is no turnover either; There is no time limitations on daytime parking. If the city wants to take, it also has to give back!
lapate October 05, 2012 at 06:16 PM
This is crazy! The city makes enough money on parking as it is. The meters should go off at 6pm when businesses close. Those that stay open until 2pm which are mostly clubs, service hundreds of people and most park in over priced parking garages run by the city. If you're lucky enough to find a meter on the street then good for you..You shouldn't have to pay a meter until 2am! Find another way to get revenue for the city and stop trying to gouge people who live here..
joninla October 05, 2012 at 07:36 PM
THIS IS THE SAME WEHO GOVT PUTTING OUT YET ANOTHER STATEMENT/IDEA THAT ALWAYS SUGGESTS BENEFITS TO RESIDENTS WHILE THE CITY SKIMS EVEN MORE MONEY FROM A PARKING SCHEME THAT AFTER 25 YEARS HAS RESULTED IN LESS PARKING AND HIGHER COSTS TO RESIDENTS AND VISITORS WHILE GENERATING SO MUCH EXCESSIVE PARKING REVENUE TO FUND THE 'VANITY PROJECT' A.K.A. THE $16 MILLION DOLLAR CITY HALL ROBO PARKING GARAGE THAT WILL ADD ZERO RESIDENTIAL OR VISITOR PARKING AND COST THE CITY AN ONGOING FORTUNE TO RUN THIS COMPUTERIZED PORK BERREL , POCKET STUFFING OF CITY HALL/COUNCIL POCKETS WITH ENORMOUS WEALTH FROM SPENDING $16 MILLION ON SOME CONSTRUCTION COMPANYS BUSINESS.
joninla October 05, 2012 at 07:48 PM
As for quick 'turn-over' for Westside Nighttime visitors .... The LAST THING ANYONE WANTS! Is an lightly intoxicated (semi-responsible bar goer) to fee pressured to get in and move their car in hopes of avoiding the now even higher price for a meter violation) rather that have the ability to walk-off some of their alcohol and/or choose to grab a bite or get a coffee rather than hastily rushing to get their car out of a parking space and onto our crowded streets full of cars & pedestrians! COME ON - THE EXTRA REVENUE USED FOR OUR 'SAFETY BUDGET'. More like the safety budget of City Hall Employees Income and Council Members Campaign war chests. It didn't say 'Public Safety' i.e. Needed Sheriff budget momey ratther some general 'safety' fund meaning who knows what or where that money will go. just kidding - we know it's for funding $16 MILLION ROBO GARAGE & 24hr Private City Hall Security Guards. They have told us already. I feel safer in my home already .. NOT!
joninla October 05, 2012 at 07:55 PM
QUOTING "“Parking meters are a real resource,” Delgado said. “While there are very few meters in respect to the overall amount of parking, any time that they’re not turning over, there are issues." " THEN WHY THE HECK DID THE CITY REMOVE ALL THE PARKING METERS ON SAN VICENTE WHERE THERE IS A MAJOR INCREASE IN NEED WITH NEW LIBRARY, PARK & EVENTUAL RED BUILDING OPENING?? maybe Delgado is just not compotent to deal with such a valuable city resource such as our few precious parking meters. No need to check his long history, this article makes it clear on its face
Stephanie October 05, 2012 at 09:57 PM
You MUST come to the Transportation Commission Meeting and speak up. Like in outerspace, online no one hears your screams. Come and participate or stop complaining!
Stephanie October 05, 2012 at 09:58 PM
@Leandro -- You MUST come to the Transportation Commission Meeting and speak up. Like in outerspace, online no one hears your screams. Come and participate or stop complaining!
Stephanie October 05, 2012 at 09:58 PM
@lapate -- You MUST come to the Transportation Commission Meeting and speak up. Like in outerspace, online no one hears your screams. Come and participate or stop complaining!
Stephanie October 05, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Hey, Jon, Here's the interesting thing about the $$$...I asked at the Design Review Committee meeting for Robo Garage how we are paying for this and David Wilson, our Interim Financial Director stated that one million dollars would come from the parking fund and that they would most likely issue 15 million dollars in bonds. Oh, goody, more debt! We are NOT a pay-as-you-go city, as several of those cities who are in the black are. We keep using the bond "credit card". Ultimately, WE, the citizens,are responsible for that debt, which keeps piling up and piling up. Wait for a few years when the employees pensions start coming due...that will be fun! Hmmmm...will banks issue bonds for pensions? So, my friends and foes, they will be squeezing every last penny out of us where ever they can. I mean, meters on Sundays? It's almost un-American!
Rudolf Martin October 06, 2012 at 07:01 AM
Mr. Prang says: "We're looking to encourage turnover". Really??? We want more traffic?? Could it be that we're looking to encourage more revenue? The money will be used to "increase the city’s safety budget." Really?? Mark the bills! Residential permit fees were also just raised again by 27%, parking meter fees by 50% so who would be surprised the city is looking for more revenue by extending the hours? The current Parking Fund barely makes a dent in the financing scheme for our latest pet project, the Robo Parking Structure behind City Hall. Once again we are selling bonds to pay for almost all of it. Sure doesn't look good. Kudos to Mr. Delgado for telling it like it is: “Parking meters are a real resource, any time that they’re not turning over, there are issues." Truer words have never been spoken.
joninla October 06, 2012 at 10:43 AM
@Mr Delgado - you say "...Delgado was firm in his belief that meter parking spots should be designed for visitors to the city, not residents choosing to drive a few blocks or late night visitors that plan to stay overnight." Honestly "Are you an incompotent nitwit" RESIDENTS SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO WALK TO LATE/AFTER HOURS LOCAL BUSINESSES. YA GENIOUS - FORCE WOMEN, CHILDREN, SENIORS TO WALK OVER TO THE LOCAL LIQUER SHOP (which carries almost any needed household item in a pinch) LATE AT NIGHT - DISCOURAGE THE SAFETY FROM THE INCREASED NUMBER OF HOMELESS AND THUGS LOOKING FOR ANY EASY PREY THAT THEIR LOCKED STEEL CAR WOULD PROVIDE FOR A QUICK UNEXPECTED NEED FOR A LATE NIGHT ITEM FROM THE ONLY LOCAL STORES LEFT OPEN! THERE HAS BEEN A SERIOUS INCREASE IN CRIME/THREATS AT NIGHT AGAINST NOT JUST WOMEN ON THE 'WESTSIDE' LA CIENEGA EAST (I live and walk the area all the time) AND MY DOG PROVIDES ME SAFETY AS WELL AS A PERSON EVERYONE KNOWS AND TELLS ME WHEN THEY HAVE BEEN FRIGHTENED OR ACTUAL VICTIMS OF CRIME. IT IS SERIOUSLY GETTING MUCH WORSE. YOU BUNGLING IDIOT. YOU OUGHT TO LOSE YOUR JOB (and parking permit to park anywhere/anytime) OVER WHAT IS NOT JUST MONEY FUNNELING BUT SERIOUS LOCAL RESIDENT SAFETY AND CRIME CONCERNS! METERS ARE NOT FOR RESIDENTS USE? THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT STREET METERED PARKING IS FOR. QUICK SHORT COMMERCIAL SHOPPING STOPS. PARKING DIRECTOR??? I THINK YOU SHOULD BE FIRED FOR SUCH STUPIDITY.
Stephanie October 07, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Re: “When people want to come to our city for an hour or two, those are the ones that should be taking advantage of the on street spaces, not people that intend to spend the evening with us,”. Show of hands, boys and girls...if you are going to party, shop or dine here in weho, how many of you will only spend an hour or two????????? Just curious. This is about money, pure and simple and all the other spin is just that...spin. So, for God's sake, I wish the City would stop trying to give us explanations and trying to tell us who should be parking at the meters. I also wish they would stop with the "we have plenty of money" speech on the one hand and coming up with schemes of how to get more out of us to spend on they're extremely pricey projects. Remember, my fellow citizens, in one way or another, EVERY LAST DIME the city of weho has, came from us. We should have more say in how it is spent.
Stephanie October 07, 2012 at 05:36 PM
There will be a special meeting of the Transportation Commission on WED. OCT. 24th @ 7:00PM at City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Blvd.  PLEASE if you are opposed to the idea of extended hours for parking meters, including on Sundays, COME AND SPEAK UP.  If, you are shy, just COME and show support.  We ALL need to do this!  It's not a long meeting.
Insider October 07, 2012 at 07:55 PM
>> I also wish they would stop with the "we have plenty of money" speech on the one hand and coming up with schemes of how to get more out of us to spend on they're extremely pricey projects. ^ what she said.
joninla October 08, 2012 at 06:00 AM
@Stephanie (btw - did you see my signature?) Our agreed opinions on this one (with the only issue being which of us is more passionately against this project ... it's me, sorry) are now getting more serious from my perspective. Apart from all the money impropriety; Apart from all the ways is will make weho parking & traffic WORSE; I am now very much concerned about the serious increase in local crime and this whole discussion and absurd reasoning over parking meters WILL actually affect the safety and security of the residents of WeHo. There was a serious incident next door to me in a new, locked high security small condo garage (the whole helicopter force was called in), and a short block away, there was a serious night time home invasion robbery. I almost feel like an actual "Security Guard" when I walk my dog late at night. He gives me 100% protection and has scared off many potentially serious people looking for the easiest crime in my area. I walk late at night to CVS, Pavilions and the Liqueur Store and almost always encounter threatening advances very briefly until people see my dog and sooner or later back off. I'm lucky my dog appears scary, but so many people (not to be sexist but mainly women I know) tell me time and again about actual incidents while walking at night. Deterring parking by residents is just too dangerous to even use as a phone excuse for this parking nonsense.
joninla October 08, 2012 at 06:10 AM
As a former Regular (many years ago) there has never been any actual available street metered parking for the bar goers. If there were, few would really want to park in front of Mickys if you saw how people lean, trip, fall, spill onto the cars at the metered spots on crowded party nights. But the loss of the San Vicente Meters is really wrong. Young Gay Men often come to weho with very little money, and can't afford the rates of the parking lots. It violates everything 'gay weho' is about .... a safe place where people who come from intolerant to physically dangerous to deadly parts of town just because they are gay and want to go out like everybody else (straight) does. I used to jokingly call the alley which is the Library now "Damnation Alley" as it was such a long walk to the bars, but as a poor 21-22 year old, it was the only way to come to weho for an evening out. Squeezing the gay youth who have no other choice are now being victimized financially by the WeHo Parking Monopoly and the money making engine the have created from their private monopoly of our city's parking is really DESPICABLE (I'm old and don't drive or go out, but there is always a new youth generation in that financial situation and the city is picking their pockets literally)
joninla October 08, 2012 at 06:16 AM
@Jeffrey Prang - And how proud are you as you have become the elected Council Member and current Mayor to be arguing for making parking for the young, frightened, abused, inexperienced and first time going out gay youth from the greater 8 Million Population of Los Angeles cost prohibitive. Pull up the ladder, your out, financially secure enough to not have to worry about affording rent, food and now high parking cost while trying to go through the difficult process of coming out. Way to go Mr. Poster Man for supporting Gay Rights & Issues and as Mayor of WeHo which wants to actually call the gay bar area BOYS TOWN ... with really, really high parking rates for all those boys.
brad October 15, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Unfortunately I can't make it that day. Is there a way to write in to the transportation department in regards to this? It makes me mad because yes I live here and sometimes just want to run up to the blvd, (its not easy nor safe to walk even from Kings / Melrose), so I usually can find a space. Same for weekdays, but opt to pay sometimes, what is this deal with the meters "are for visitors"? We who live here pay taxes! I'm pissed about the meters on San Vicente, it was great to return books to the library, etc, or park at night. Here is a big point I would like to make to the city in regards to this on Sundays also, so if they want to charge for meters, then run the darn cityline! Alot of seniors do drive, as well as other drivers who utilize the cityline when there is time, and the convenience of it stopping in front of businesses.
Stephanie October 15, 2012 at 05:14 AM
@Brad, I am not sure how you have a letter or email put into the record. I would call city hall and check with Human Services on how you would go about doing that. Or ask for the City Clerk. It really is tough getting around this town isn't it? It mY be time for another Citizens' Petition!
Rudolf Martin October 15, 2012 at 05:37 AM
brad, I bet you're not the only one who feels that way. you should absolutely communicate your concerns to the city. i'm not sure how to write to the transportation commission (best to call city hall to find out how) but ultimately the city council will vote on this. their collective email is ccouncil@weho.org or write a blog on the patch about this!

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