West Hollywood Parking Problems

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    Jun 10, 2014 8:57 AM GMT
    This is why I would never live, home, condo or apartment, in WeHo. Why would anyone with half a brain spend 1.5 million dollars on a home that didn't have a driveway and relied on every day street parking. The permit parking is waived for pride, but that is it. The home owners think they are somehow entitled to street parking before business or their patrons. If a home has 2 parking spaces in front of it and it has white lines designating 2, there is always a 'hog' (usually an expensive car) who decides to take up both spaces and park in the middle, instead of being a courteous driver, they are assholes, with a attitude.

    Everyone who knows LA, knows that the city of West Hollywood and the city of Santa Monica have the worst parking problems anywhere in LA. But yet these two cities have a much net worth and revenue as one Beverly Hills does

    Unfortunately, this years gay pride turned out to be a parking nightmare once again, but this time, the usual pardons were not dismissed, the city decided to ticket and or tow anyway, something I haven't seen in many years attending LA gay pride. It not like the city is desperate for money, as this article indicates. Its ALL politics.

    There will never be a happy medium between residents who over paid to live in crowded conditions and the business community and their visiting patrons which keep the city tax revenue humming. This gay ghetto-hood cant keep up with parking for the growth they have had, seems to be getting worse between residents, gentrified ones and party patrons

    I think I will leave the politics and skip this years halloween and next years pride, I am always fearful of going into this "friendly" city, ticket or tow happy people, I shame the city for creating this fear icon_evil.gif

    There is an old saying, "poor planning on your part, does not constitute on emergency on my part" icon_rolleyes.gif


    Blog: West Hollywood Parking Politics
    http://westhollywood.patch.com/groups/steve-martins-blog/p/bp--parking-politics

    Like much of West Hollywood, Boy’s Town evolved without creating sufficient parking as employees and patrons were allowed to park in residential areas. After incorporation, the city created permit parking zones to protect the tranquility of the adjoining neighbors. While this was the right thing to do, it immediately exacerbated a critical parking situation.

    As several people testified, West Hollywood has developed a bad reputation for being more interested in ticketing patrons of local businesses than encouraging visitors. The city seems far more interested in money raised via parking tickets than fostering a visitor friendly city. The attitude is "Welcome to West Hollywood, here’s your $63 parking ticket


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    Jun 10, 2014 9:11 AM GMT
    Souths like South Beach Miami.
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    Jun 10, 2014 9:18 AM GMT
    Its not working, even gays in city politics fuck shit up icon_rolleyes.gif


    City Adopts New Parking Credits Program
    http://westhollywood.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/city-adopts-new-parking-credits-program
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    Jun 10, 2014 9:35 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidSouths like South Beach Miami.



    I don't even hang out in WeHo, just getting my hair cut, halloween and pride, after getting a parking ticket on pride parade day, which has never, ever happened, I have decided not to patronize WeHo any longer, its too scary, I will still get a haircut, at least that business validates their parking space. This year, I saw at least one car carrying truck, fully loaded with towed cars, I have never seen that during pride weekend. icon_redface.gificon_redface.gificon_redface.gificon_redface.gif
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    Jun 10, 2014 9:40 AM GMT
    Although it's 22 miles one way, I ride my bicycle to Sobe. The parking there is atrocious and expensive. I got one parking ticket, for $350. The parking garages can be as low as $1/hr during the weekdays, and $20+ flat rate on weekends. It's $0 for bicycles, and there's parking everywhere for them (very cycle friendly)...not to mention you can PASS traffic on a bike, even at a moderate speed.
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    Jun 10, 2014 9:49 AM GMT
    ^^ ScruffLA, Which area or section did you park during pride and on what date????

    I came to LA pride on Sunday and parked in a small street close to Robertson/Melrose. I read the parking info on the Pride website, it says that Parking will not be enforced for Pride in the city of West Hollywood only on Sunday June 8 (if I remembered correctly). I double checked with a cop and he says, as long as you're in WeHo, you're fine. I was lucky I guess, parked there for 8 hrs and my car was fine. WeHo changed their meter hours last year to Midnight enforcement. Everytime I go out to WeHo, I spent like $5-$7 on parking alone for like 5 hours. I saw that they charge $25 for parking on pride in the structure, gee ridiculous. I was lucky though to found a spot as a car just pulled out and I fought off another tourist car from Nevada. LOL

    I agreed with some of your observation about WeHo's parking problem. I think the problem is West Hollywood is a very cute, trendy, chic town. It's small and the demand of people wanting to move there is high (like the Castro/SF). Hell, if you live there, better get into one of those apt complex on West bourne/Santa Monica. You know how the government works, it's all about bureaucracy and they want to milk the residents to the tee. As for Santa Monica, I hooked up with a UCLA grad guy there a long time ago. He doesn't drive, has no car. I parked there on a Sunday, his apt complex is ridiculous too. Come to think of it, I've been lucky not to get a ticket in LA but I spent $$ on parking spots and my favorite Mojitos drinks. (Which adds up) LOL

    Can you go the WeHo's city hall and contest the ticket? Just a thought.

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    Jun 10, 2014 10:02 AM GMT
    LAXWill10 said^^ ScruffLA, Which area or section did you park during pride and on what date????

    I came to LA pride on Sunday and parked in a small street close to Robertson/Melrose. I read the parking info on the Pride website, it says that Parking will not be enforced for Pride in the city of West Hollywood only on Sunday June 8 (if I remembered correctly). I double checked with a cop and he says, as long as you're in WeHo, you're fine. I was lucky I guess, parked there for 8 hrs and my car was fine. WeHo changed their meter hours last year to Midnight enforcement. Everytime I go out to WeHo, I spent like $5-$7 on parking alone for like 5 hours. I saw that they charge $25 for parking on pride in the structure, gee ridiculous. I was lucky though to found a spot as a car just pulled out and I fought off another tourist car from Nevada. LOL

    I agreed with some of your observation about WeHo's parking problem. I think the problem is West Hollywood is a very cute, trendy, chic town. It's small and the demand of people wanting to move there is high (like the Castro/SF). Hell, if you live there, better get into one of those apt complex on West bourne/Santa Monica. You know how the government works, it's all about bureaucracy and they want to milk the residents to the tee. As for Santa Monica, I hooked up with a UCLA grad guy there a long time ago. He doesn't drive, has no car. I parked there on a Sunday, his apt complex is ridiculous too. Come to think of it, I've been lucky not to get a ticket in LA but I spent $$ on parking spots and my favorite Mojitos drinks. (Which adds up) LOL

    Can you go the WeHo's city hall and contest the ticket? Just a thought.




    Sunday, as the parade was ending, I parked a couple blocks off San Vicente, just south of Melrose, I was on the WeHo side of Robertson, I noticed a lot of cars taking up two spaces on those side streets, next time, I have a good mind to push the assholes car up with my front bumper, hopefully the meter twit gave the person parked in front a ticket to for taking two spaces especially when parking is a problem, people are just inconsiderate, yes, I can contest the ticket, asshole parking hogs who have an entitlement complex and meter jerks, "your wheel is over the line" icon_rolleyes.gif


    I am done with that place, they are not going to get anymore money out of me
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    Jun 10, 2014 10:11 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidAlthough it's 22 miles one way, I ride my bicycle to Sobe. The parking there is atrocious and expensive. I got one parking ticket, for $350. The parking garages can be as low as $1/hr during the weekdays, and $20+ flat rate on weekends. It's $0 for bicycles, and there's parking everywhere for them (very cycle friendly)...not to mention you can PASS traffic on a bike, even at a moderate speed.


    Gee, sorry to hear man, $350 for a parking ticket? Did you parked in a red zone? That's like close to running a red light. I'd thought it's around $80-$90 most.
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    Jun 10, 2014 10:29 AM GMT
    lol when I moved from W73rd St and Columbus Ave to Santa Monica for a year (some rental on Arizona and 12th) - I thought Santa Monica was cheap
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    Jun 10, 2014 10:47 AM GMT
    tj85016 saidlol when I moved from W73rd St and Columbus Ave to Santa Monica for a year (some rental on Arizona and 12th) - I thought Santa Monica was cheap




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    These "parallel lines" only serve three purposes

    1) for dumb shits who don't know how to parallel park (sorry, no offense)
    2) for city planning/control, counting spaces and potential revenue
    2) an excuse for city parking meter twits to give tickets and generate city revenue


    see, no lines, we have done without lines for many years

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    Jun 10, 2014 11:20 AM GMT
    LAXWill10 said^^ Everytime I go out to WeHo, I spent like $5-$7 on parking alone for like 5 hours.



    Damn, you lot have it cheap (I'm being serious, some places over here you'd pay that for an hour).eg Brighton seafront would be $17.00 for 4 hours.
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    Jun 10, 2014 1:41 PM GMT
    Not much of a help to solving your problem, but when I would go to the homosexual festival or Halloween, which was almost every year, I would park either at the PDC or Beverly Center.

    I don't like getting door dings or gouges in my bumper so on the street parallel is something I rarely ever did. Plus when I would take one of the old cars out, those are 19' long so I couldn't much fit between the lines anyway.

    True, the PDC would completely fill for the homosexual festival so I would go directly to Beverly Center. On the top floor (5) of the parking garage over by the security office there are a couple of spaces between those huge support columns where no one can park next to you. I've never had any trouble going for those spaces. In fact, even during the festival that floor is mostly empty.
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    Jun 10, 2014 1:45 PM GMT
    scruffLA said
    paulflexes saidSouths like South Beach Miami.



    I don't even hang out in WeHo, just getting my hair cut, halloween and pride, after getting a parking ticket on pride parade day, which has never, ever happened, I have decided not to patronize WeHo any longer, its too scary, I will still get a haircut, at least that business validates their parking space. This year, I saw at least one car carrying truck, fully loaded with towed cars, I have never seen that during pride weekend. icon_redface.gificon_redface.gificon_redface.gificon_redface.gif


    I would frequently go out on late Sunday afternoons / early evenings and on non festival weekends I'd go directly to the PDC. I never had any parking problem unless PDC was closed for some special event.
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    Jun 10, 2014 1:57 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree saidNot much of a help to solving your problem, but when I would go to the homosexual festival...

    True, the PDC would completely fill for the homosexual festival so I would go directly to Beverly Center.

    Never been to a "homosexual festival", are they fun? I know Pride Fests can be.
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    Jun 10, 2014 2:07 PM GMT
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    freedomisntfree saidNot much of a help to solving your problem, but when I would go to the homosexual festival...

    True, the PDC would completely fill for the homosexual festival so I would go directly to Beverly Center.

    Never been to a "homosexual festival", are they fun? I know Pride Fests can be.


    Long beach is a much better homosexual festival than WeHo, IMO, mostly because of the much bigger land area, but I actually find parking easier for WeHo's. I went to the Long Beach Festival every year since its inception until I had to move. WeHo's homosexual festival ..... about half of them.
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    Jun 10, 2014 4:25 PM GMT
    kew1 said
    LAXWill10 said^^ Everytime I go out to WeHo, I spent like $5-$7 on parking alone for like 5 hours.



    Damn, you lot have it cheap (I'm being serious, some places over here you'd pay that for an hour).eg Brighton seafront would be $17.00 for 4 hours.


    I just use the meter street parking, usually pay for 4 hrs til midnight. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 10, 2014 4:46 PM GMT
    LAXWill10 said
    kew1 said
    LAXWill10 said^^ Everytime I go out to WeHo, I spent like $5-$7 on parking alone for like 5 hours.



    Damn, you lot have it cheap (I'm being serious, some places over here you'd pay that for an hour).eg Brighton seafront would be $17.00 for 4 hours.


    I just use the meter street parking, usually pay for 4 hrs til midnight. icon_smile.gif


    Thinking of one of our old LA hangouts that's not in weho .... did MJ's close?
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    Jun 10, 2014 7:07 PM GMT
    I always had trouble with all the parking meters. In fact I think it has been 5 years since I've been there.

    The Blue Parrot Bar. Remember that? How about Drakes nude dance shows?
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    Jun 10, 2014 7:11 PM GMT
    Our world is being destroyed by auto pollution and I'm supposed to be concerned about parking problems?
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    Jun 10, 2014 7:43 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidOur world is being destroyed by auto pollution and I'm supposed to be concerned about parking problems?
    Of course...especially when the proposed "solution" to the parking problem involves using even more electricity.

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    Jun 10, 2014 7:44 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidOur world is being destroyed by auto pollution and I'm supposed to be concerned about parking problems?


    Ohh lame response, it's LA after all, beside you can always buy a Hybrid. icon_lol.gificon_redface.gificon_razz.gif
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    Jun 10, 2014 7:45 PM GMT
    Pretty, that looks like Boston.

    scruffLA said
    tj85016 said

    see, no lines, we have done without lines for many years

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    Jun 10, 2014 7:51 PM GMT

    - I would dispute this. Long Beach has better parking problem because it's by the beach, plenty of street parking plus the free parking at the beach. I went to Club Ripples like twice, it was so Dead. LOL, it's very Beachy, Suburban there. Like only 1 gay bar on the entire block. I like WeHo better though if only their parking problem can improve. (By the way, I always had luck in that parking lot behind SUR Lounge (Vanderpump) restaurant by the library.) Just a tip for all you club goers.


    freedomisntfree said
    Art_Deco said
    freedomisntfree said

    Long beach is a much better homosexual festival than WeHo, IMO, mostly because of the much bigger land area, but I actually find parking easier for WeHo's. I went to the Long Beach Festival every year since its inception until I had to move. WeHo's homosexual festival ..... about half of them.

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    Jun 11, 2014 4:22 AM GMT
    It's not just WeHo. Parking is scarce all over LA. Also, I believe parking fines generate HUGE income for West Hollywood. And in return, all those parking fines help pay for other city services to keep the place safe and clean. It's a weird situation.

    Also, next year.. don't drive to pride. Use Lyft or Uber. You won't stress over finding a parking spot, getting ticketed, or getting dinged by some idiot trying to fit his SUV into a 3 foot parking space.
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    Jun 11, 2014 6:12 AM GMT
    xrichx saidIt's not just WeHo. Parking is scarce all over LA. Also, I believe parking fines generate HUGE income for West Hollywood. And in return, all those parking fines help pay for other city services to keep the place safe and clean. It's a weird situation.

    Also, next year.. don't drive to pride. Use Lyft or Uber. You won't stress over finding a parking spot, getting ticketed, or getting dinged by some idiot trying to fit his SUV into a 3 foot parking space.

    Couldn't people have taken the LA metro from an outlying station? This is what I was alluding to in my previous remark. Here, only fools and morons drive to SF for the gay pride.