PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Seeks Reform to Temporary No-Parking Process

Los Angeles -- Today, Councilmember Ryu introduced a motion to change the way the City’s Bureau of Street Services posts temporary no parking signs before and during street reconstruction projects. The current process, which involves paper signs held up with metal wire, is susceptible to damage or manipulation by wind, debris and people.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 1, 2019

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Councilmember Ryu Seeks Reform to Temporary No-Parking Process

Motion seeks digital noticing options and 48 hour notice for residents

Los Angeles -- Today, Councilmember Ryu introduced a motion to change the way the City’s Bureau of Street Services posts temporary no parking signs before and during street reconstruction projects. The current process, which involves paper signs held up with metal wire, is susceptible to damage or manipulation by wind, debris and people.

“As we seek to repair hundreds of miles of broken streets in Los Angeles, we need to make sure that the way we prepare and inform impacted residents is fair. The cost of retrieving an impounded vehicle is simply too high for us to ignore a flawed sign posting process,” Councilmember Ryu said. “In my district, Kai Soremekun spent two years fighting a parking ticket she never should have received. Countless others in my district and across the City have been caught up in the same problem. We need to do better.”

Last week, the Los Angeles Times told the story of Soremekun, and her two-year effort to overturn a parking ticket, which began with improperly posted temporary no-parking signs.

"The two years I spent fighting this traffic ticket would never have happened if the city had given proper no parking notice," Kai Soremekun said. "My hope, as a result of my efforts, was to bring to light the city’s flawed and unfair system. I'm grateful to Councilmember Ryu for his help in my case, but especially for going one step further to ensure this doesn't happen to anyone else again."

The Councilmember Ryu motion instructs the Bureau of Street Services to report to the City Council with methods for improving their temporary no-parking notification process, including text and email notification for those who sign up through 3-1-1. It also seeks options for expanding the noticing period from 24 hours to 48 hours, and options for the City to reimburse towing fees to residents when cars are impounded resulting from a parking ticket that is later overturned.

Current protocol requires City crews to tie temporary no-parking signs to trees or existing sign posts with metal wire at least 24 hours before they begin a street reconstruction project. Then, crews come to complete the first phase of work. In the interim before the first and second phase of work, crews turn around these signs, to signal to residents that street parking is permitted. At least 24 hours before crews return to complete the second phase, the signs should be turned around once more to announce another round of no parking.

“The Bureau of Street Services does incredible work to repair and improve our City’s  infrastructure, but our current city rules regarding no-parking notification are not working for too many residents. This is not an area that can be overlooked,” Councilmember Ryu said. “This is about restoring trust in City government. This is about building faith among residents that our City follows practices that are responsible, equitable, and fair.”

Read the motion here.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.

 


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