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LA’s Parking Problems - A Rite of Passage

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Is it just me or is LA's parking problem something all Angelenos must experience? Is it la "rite of passage?" Is navigating the maze of parking signs and mastering the meter a matter of "coming of age?" Does it scream "hey, I got my drivers license" or "hey, I'm new to LA!"

It seems to me it takes years to learn the ways of LA. When I first moved here, I must have gotten a ticket a week. It was as if the meter reader followed me around just waiting for me to make the wrong move. Did they stalk me as I ran into Starbucks knowing it would take me twelve minutes and not the ten I'd allotted for? Did they snicker as I parked on an empty street stupidly not understanding it was empty because it was street sweeping day? Did they purposely put the meter in the middle of the lane so I wasn't sure if I should put money in the left or the right meter? I swear, I've seen it all and am ashamed to say this smart woman has stupidly spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars in parking problems and the therapy that followed for being mad at myself!

I know, I know. I'm to blame, but also, take into account, I'm from Arizona where parking for free is/was o'plenty. I'm also a penny-pincher and my attempt at saving a quarter has more than once cost me $30.!

I'm not alone in this car club. Hollywood newbies, Brad Etter and Jourdan Rystrom, took to song to tell of their parking problems. It's titled, "Dear Parking Enforcement" by BowJour. NOTE: YOUTUBE VIDEO CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE.

The roommates drop the f-bomb (albeit in light-hearted way). Not that I haven't cursed a time or two upon seeing that red-and-white welcome on my windshield. The hook sings "Seventy Dollars." I've paid $70, $36, $68, etc. etc. etc.

Well, BowJour and all of L.A., fret no more! The modern era brings us a new app to decipher this car craze. It's called "Park Safe LA"  and per Fox 11 News it "will help decipher the city's parking restrictions." Thank God for techie Michael Brouillet! He only garnered "$1500 in parking fines and late penalties in the first 18 months after moving to L.A." before creating the app.

Try 20-years of turmoil. I considered the fines my contribution to our fine city! Brouillet is quoted as saying "that as parking tickets bring in a lot of revenue to the city, L.A. has no motivation to make the signs more understandable." I think I'm in love with Brouillet, a Bro-mance!

Perhaps the BowJour blondes won't have to walk my walk or ride by ride. I came of age in the City of Angels. L.A. meter readers witnessed me go from my college Honda Civic, to my rowdy wheels Trans Am, to my sporty Lexus SC400, to my pre-owned Mercedes, to my current Prius. Yes, the City of L.A. gave all the same respect when it came to ticketing. 

For more on how the Park Safe LA app works, I defer to the FOX 11 article:
New App Designed to Decipher LA Parking Signs

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