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Transportation Commission Meeting to Feature Discussion on Parking Meter Hours

Public works director Oscar Delgado revealed Tuesday that city staff's original recommendations have undergone some slight alterations.

The West Hollywood Transportation Commission will consider city staff's recommendation to extend parking meter hours throughout the city at Wednesday's Transportation Commission meeting. 

The meeting will kick off at 7 p.m. in the community conference room at West Hollywood City Hall. Community members are encouraged to attend and share their opinion on the proposed extension.

Earlier this month, city public works director Oscar Delgado said that city staff will recommend meter hours are extended to 2 a.m. on the Westside of the city during the week and on Saturday and that meters remain operation until 10 p.m. on the Eastside of the city, towards Fairfax. He also mentioned that hours of 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. could be put in place for Sunday in both areas.

However, on Tuesday, Delgado said that alterations have been made to the original recommendations. 

Delgado said that for the Westside of the city, from La Cienaga Boulevard to roughly Doheny Drive, city staff will recommend that parking meters are enforced from 8 a.m. through midnight, Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. 

On the Eastside of the city, from La Cienaga Boulevard to Fairfax Avenue, staff will recommend that meters are operational from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. 

Here is where things get a bit tricky.

Delgado said that from Fairfax to La Brea Avenue, staff will recommend that only the meters on Santa Monica Boulevard be affected, and their new hours be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. However, all meters between Fairfax and La Brea not on Santa Monica Boulevard will not undergo any change in hours.

In addition, all meters north of Santa Monica on La Brea will not be affected. Meters south of Santa Monica on La Brea, city staff will recommend have hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Delgado said that city staff chose not to recommend hour enforcement changes on several side streets because they are often used by employees or residents for overnight parking and swept only once a week. Santa Monica Boulevard, which is swept every day, is not normally used for overnight parking. 

What are your thoughts about these hours? Will you attend Wednesday's meeting?

me October 24, 2012 at 03:09 AM
and of course all of the huge revenue from the tons of parking citations due to massive confusion......yet more BS brought to you by west hollywood city hall
brad October 24, 2012 at 04:45 AM
I don't even know how to argue, it just makes me upset. But the only argument I could think of is that on Sundays is the main day I drive because the cityline doesn't run. I have a car but try to save on parking and gas when possible. The other article on this said the city says the meters are intended for visitors to our city. I use the meters at night as a safe way to get out to the store or meet friends and well its been great to find a space! The meters are gone on San Vicente, which I understand, sorta, but then if you noticed there is a sign now saying bikes can use the entire lane? I love Weho, and living here but baffled by how its run. Only once I feel like I made a difference is saving a crosswalk by whole foods, mainly because my neighbor is in a wheelchair, and the hill on Fairfax would have been a nightmare. Fighting this seems like it will be hard. If anyone has suggestions as to reasons I would love to know because this will really suck!
jeffrey howard October 24, 2012 at 06:36 AM
I am totally opposed to changing the parking meter times. I think that that putting the times up on the parking meters is only going to cut the sales down in smaller stores , people like myself are only going to go out and buy absolutely what they need. Sales will drop, that will lead to stores cutting employees and lower incomes to the government in revenue as a result of less people paying income tax. Jeffrey
A different Paul October 24, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Why? I thought the city's finances were pretty solid. Does the city NEED the money? I am not much of a club goer these days, but for those that are, it will definitely impact the experience of those who do go out and discourage patrons. It just sounds like a needless choice that will not add to the quality of life for the citizens of the city... and shouldn't that be the baseline for any decision of this nature?
Pat Dixon October 24, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Shouldn't parking be a convenience for the residents and visitors to West Hollywood And not a cash cow? i don't understand it. Restaurants and other retailers will be the losers in this case. It is not a good idea to extend parking meters.
lapate October 24, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Totally ridiculous!! LEAVE THE METERS ALONE!! And especially on SUNDAY! I can't believe the city is so hard up that they need to generate extra revenue via parking meters. And what will the cost be for meter maids who are now having to be paid time and a half or double time on Sundays going to cost? I know, why doesn't Mr. Delgado put a task force together and work on targeting all the people who are misuse handicap placards! I'm sure you would generate more bang for buck that way.
Insider October 24, 2012 at 07:35 PM
The "devil's advocate"/City Council position: People are coming to WeHo and they're prepared to pay $15 for a cocktail at the Abbey without complaining. Visitors should be prepared to pay a couple bucks for parking. And ... where else are they going to go? Are visitors to WeHo going to travel to Santa Monica/Venice to party, just because of parking rates?
Leandro M Pucci October 24, 2012 at 07:40 PM
if it's only for visitors, then WEHO vehicles with parking permits should be exempted of paying for meters after 6pm and free on weekends...
me October 24, 2012 at 09:05 PM
like all of the cars "for sale" parked on crescent heights north of santa monica blvd at meters and they always have handicap placards.....i've never seen SO many handicapped people selling cars in my life!!!!!
Ali October 24, 2012 at 10:29 PM
That would work if everyone who lives in WeHo had parking permits, but not every street has restricted parking. I think this is ridiculous. Another cash grab by the City. I can see it for the West side where there are a lot of clubs, but there is nothing on the East side to warrant this. And since when does the East side begin at La Cienega? I call bullshit on this one. Is our City run on parking revenues? If so, we are in trouble. They say we are on sound fiscal ground. Then why did they issue bonds for this and that? We are in debt but they don't tell us that. And they want to pay that debt with parking fees. Robo garage anyone? I have a disabled placard and I don't "look" disabled. So many people think there is rampant abuse, which there probably is. But remember, just because somebody is not in a wheelchair doesn't mean they aren't disabled. Cancer, back problems, fibromyalgia, heart disease, hip problems, etc. are all valid reasons to have a placard. People don't necessarily have to be in wheelchairs to be disabled. Don't judge when you don't know the circumstances. I've had people yell at me (I even have disabled plates now). I have chronic pain from my back and neck and can't walk far. And now I have cancer....all invisible disabilities.
me October 25, 2012 at 01:46 AM
ali, wow, i understand your frustration with people who give you crap when they think you don't deserve this parking, but if you take another look above, nobody is "judging"....it's a very well known fact that these placards are misused, bought, sold etc

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