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From Studio11LA Executive Producer Chris Lemire

Presidential Parking Ticket

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Thank you, Mr. President.

Every time a president visits Los Angeles we deal with gridlock. It's nothing new. President Obama is on his 16th trip to Southern California. Last night he had two fundraisers in Beverly Hills. That helped double my evening commute. But the real topper was the gift left on my car this morning.

I received a $93 ticket for parking on 6th Street in Miracle Mile. Somehow I missed the additional sign banning parking from 4am to 1pm for the president's visit. The parking situation in my neighborhood on a normal night is pretty tough. Our street is lined with apartment complexes.  If I get home late like I did last night, I have to park in a metered spot. But the competition for those spaces can be fierce because of the many great restaurants and bars in the area. So I was pretty stoked to find a spot so close to my apartment. I should have known better.

I understand the president needs to attend fundraisers. But did the city really need to ban parking more than a mile away from a fundraiser? I blame nobody but myself for missing the sign. I was far from alone. Several other cars were also ticketed. At least we weren't towed. As a journalist I'm not supposed to make political donations. I consider this my contribution to Los Angeles. I'm sure my money will be used to help fix all those potholes that line the city's streets. I'd also like to thank LA, Bob the meter maid and the president for such a great start to my Tuesday. I also enjoyed being stuck in Beverly Hills this morning while the motorcade idled before heading to Hancock Park. Cheers.

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