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Garcetti Announces 2-Week Moratorium On Some Parking Tickets

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There have been a whole lot of restrictions announced in the past few days that mean a lot of people are stuck at home, unable to work, afraid they might not be able to pull in a paycheck and pay their rent.

The goal is important: slow the spread of COVID-19.

To help residents cope with this new normal (at least for now) Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced what is sure to be a very popular moratorium on parking tickets issued in residential street-sweeping zones. This move adds to a previous order blocking tenant evictions because of difficulties related to COVID-19.

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The announcement was part of a raft of measures meant to soften the blow on residents worried both about the health impact and the financial impact of this ongoing outbreak.

Effective immediately and lasting for the next two weeks, the city will:

  • Stop giving tickets during street sweeping in residential areas
  • Stop giving tickets to parents and caregivers picking up meals around closed schools
  • Stop ticketing and towing for abandoned vehicles and oversized and overnight parking

In addition, the city will freeze all parking fine increases for the next 60 days and extend the deadline for payments to June 1. Garcetti said:

"People are feeling the financial pinch, and the small things we can do to help families we will enact."

Don't let this be a call to park wherever you want, whenever you want, though. The city hasn't stopped all ticketing activities.

Garcetti said they will still enforce some parking rules in order to prioritize public health and safety, including for:

  • Street sweeping around homeless encampments
  • Emergency access — keeping colored curbs clear
  • Repaving and slurry operations
  • Metered parking spaces (this is to encourage turnover to help businesses deal with increased pick-up and delivery needs)

He also said there will be an extended grace period for people making deliveries, and for those dropping off or picking up groceries or other goods.

Garcetti said the city has now moved its Emergency Operations Center to Level 1, which means that the mayor can now deputize city workers and reassign them where needed, though he has not yet said whether or in what ways he might do so.



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