Having won a victory by getting the rainbow flag to fly atop West Hollywood’s City Hall, resident Larry Block has moved onto another battle – the extended parking meter hours.
With enforcement of the extended hours due to start on Sept. 3, Block appeared before the West Hollywood City Council Monday night protesting the notices the city was giving residents about the impending changes to the meter hours.
Holding up a 6 by 10 inch piece of paper that he said had been taped to a parking meter, Block chastised the city.
“This is not adequate notice,” said Block who owns the Block Party clothing store at 8853 Santa Monica Blvd. at Larrabee. “The only person who can see this sign is the person putting money in the meter.”
Block urged the council to delay enforcement of the meters for an additional 30 days and to get much larger signs, ones that will be noticed by people walking down the street.
Councilmember Jeffrey Prang agreed the tiny signs were not sufficient, and that substantially bigger ones are needed.
“Otherwise, we’re going to have lines of angry people coming to yell at us about getting a ticket,” said Prang.
City Manager Paul Arevalo said that in addition to the 6 by 10 inch notices being taped to the parking meters, they were also placed on the windshields of cars parked at the metered spaces. He said signs were being placed on poles as well.
Starting Sept. 3, parking meter hours will be enforced Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. until:
Midnight on the city’s westside (between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard).
10 p.m. in “center city” (between La Cienega and Fairfax Avenue).
8 p.m. on the city’s eastside (between Fairfax Avenue and La Brea Avenue).
On Sundays, meters will be enforced from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the city.
Along Sunset Boulevard, parking meters will continue to be enforced until 2 a.m., a policy the city began in 2001.
Councilmember John D’Amico, who is on record as opposing the extended meter hours, pointed out that the new free PickUp Line shuttle along Santa Monica Boulevard begins operations next Friday, Aug. 16. He encouraged people to park on the eastside of town where meter enforcement ends at 8 p.m. and to take the PickUp Line to the bars and restaurants on the westside of town.