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Yes, The City Of L.A. Relaxes Some Parking Restrictions For The Jewish High Holy Days

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Forget 2017—as of sundown Wednesday, 5778 is here. The 5778th year in the Jewish calendar began on Wednesday night with Erev Rosh Hashanah, or Rosh Hashanah eve. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, marks the beginning of the High Holy Days, which conclude with Yom Kippur on September 30. During this period of time, often known as the "days of awe" or "days of repentance," Jews across the world will repent for their myriad sins while making a last-ditch attempt to be inscribed in God's good book for the year (sorry Mom, I know that's an oversimplification).

And here in Los Angeles—home to the country's second-largest urban Jewish population—parking restrictions in a number of areas will be relaxed, as thousands of Jews head en masse to temple (many for the first time all year, but who's counting).

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation will relax enforcement of street cleaning, time limit and preferential parking rules in a number of areas across the city during the High Holy Days. All meters, tow away zones, and other safety violations will still be enforced.

LADOT Lieutenant Jody Perez told LAist that the city has been relaxing (read: not ticketing) street cleaning, time limit and preferential parking rules during the High Holy Days "as long as I've been here." (Perez has been with the department since 1990). According to Perez, the chosen areas typically contain a synagogue or a number of synagogues in a very congested area, where people wouldn't otherwise be able to park. Individual congregations can seek parking relief for the area by going through their City Council person's office, who then coordinates with LADOT.

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Restrictions, as outlined above, will be relaxed for Rosh Hashanah from Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 4 p.m. to Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 11 p.m., and for Yom Kippur from Friday, September 29, 2017 at 4 p.m. until Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 11 p.m. in the following (((areas))):

Valley Area:

Area bounded by Emelita St to Chandler Blvd and from Rhodes Ave to Radford Ave

Area bounded by Burbank Blvd to Riverside Dr and from Laurel Canyon Blvd to Fulton Ave.

Area bounded by Cedros Ave to Beverly Glen Blvd and from Dickens St to Greenleaf St; including Van Nuys Blvd from Dickens St to Greenleaf St.

Area bounded by Ventura Blvd to Margate St and from Newcastle Ave to White Oak Ave.

Area bounded by ColdWater Canyon to Laurel Canyon and from Victory Blvd. to Burbank Blvd.

Area bounded by Whitsett Ave to Colfax Ave and from Riverside Drive to Ventura Blvd.

4300 - 5000 block of Densmore Ave.

4600 - 5000 blocks of Gloria Ave.

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15800 block of Moorpark St.

17000 block of Magnolia Blvd.

17000 block of Ventura Blvd.

5100 to 5400 blocks of Zelzah Ave.

5100 to 5400 blocks of Yarmouth Ave.

5400 block of White Oak Ave.

12000 block of Burbank Blvd.

6100 block of Lankershim Blvd.

12000 block of Sherman Way.

4800 block of Stanbury Ave.

Lennox Ave from Hart St to Valerio St.

Devonshire St from Zelzah Ave to Encino Ave.

White Oak Ave from Devonshire St to San Jose St

Moorpark St. between Kester Ave and Noble Ave.

Lemona St. between Ventura Blvd. and Camarillo St.

Norwich Ave. between Moorpark St. and Camarillo St.

Saloma Ave. between Moorpark St. and Camarillo St.

Hollywood Area:

Area bounded by Robertson Blvd/La Cienega Blvd to Rossmore Ave/Queen Anne Pl and from Romine St to Pico Blvd.

Area bounded by Robertson Blvd to San Vicente Blvd and from Beverly Blvd to Clifton Way (particularly near Cedars-Sinai).

Area bounded by Olympic Blvd to Melrose Ave and from Fairfax Ave to Hudson Ave

Area bounded by Laurel Canyon Blvd to Hayworth Ave and from Sunset Blvd to Selma Ave.

Vermont Ave both sides from Fountain Ave to Lexington Ave.

La Mirada both sides from Vermont Ave to Lyman Pl.

Lexington St both sides from Vermont to Lyman Pl.

Western Area:

Area bounded by Robertson Blvd/La Cienega Blvd to Rossmore Ave/Queen Anne Pl and from Pico Blvd to Romaine St.

Area bounded by Olympic Blvd to Melrose Ave and from Fairfax Ave to Hudson Ave.

Area bounded by Sunset Blvd to Pico Blvd and from Sepulveda Blvd to the Beverly Hills Border.

Area bounded by Beverwil Dr to La Cienega Blvd and from Whitworth/Gregory Way/ to the Culver City limits (south of the 10 Freeway).

Area bounded by San Vicente Blvd to Packard St and from and from Genesee Ave to Masselin Ave.

Area bounded by Beverwil Dr to Hillgreen Dr and from Pico Blvd to the Newman St. (northern City limits: Beverly Hills).

Area bounded by Roxbury Dr to Beverwil Dr and from Pico Blvd to Monte Mar Dr.
3000 block of Westwood Blvd.

Westwood Blvd from National Blvd to Pico Blvd.

Eastside of Malcolm Ave from National to Hilgard.

Midvale Ave from National Blvd to Queensland St.

10700 to 10800 National Blvd.

Pickford St from Corning St to Crescent Heights Blvd.

Alvira St from Pickford St to Airdrome St.

Pickford Pl from Crescent Heights Blvd to La Cienega Blvd.

Crescent Heights Blvd from Airdrome St to Pickford St.

Area bounded by Guthrie to Pico, La Cienega to Fairfax.

Area bounded by Mulholland from Duomo via to Sepulveda.

Thank you, LADOT. I got 99 sins to atone for, but hopefully being 20 minutes late to temple on the holiest day of the year because I was circling for parking will not be one of them in 5778.