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New City Website Could Help You Avoid Street-Sweeping Tickets

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We've all been there: You think you've thwarted the parking gods, but you come back to your car only to see that lovely envelope slipped under your windshield wiper. Mayor Eric Garcetti has a potential cure for that.

Garcetti launched a new parking enforcement website on Wednesday that lists areas where parking tickets won't be handed out -- like when street cleaning has been canceled and people won't have to move their cars, the L.A. Daily News reports.

This type of parking enforcement data wasn't readily available until now.

City officials say the site will allow Angelenos to fight parking tickets they received in error. About five percent of streets marked for sweeping each day aren't cleaned because of scheduling and staffing issues. Even though the city shouldn't be ticketing people on those days, sometimes things slip through the cracks. Officials say they hope the site will be a helpful tool for drivers.

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But there were notable issues with the site on Tuesday -- the site didn't show multiple locations. Per the Daily News:

Mayoral spokeswoman Vicki Curry referred to the new website as a “beta site” and said more changes are expected. She also acknowledged the city has “a long way to go” before offering a more comprehensive site.