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Parking Enforcement Officials Refuse to Talk to KNBC About Unfair Tickets

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In KNBC's latest investigative report by Joel Grover and Matt Goldberg, it seems there was some stonewalling by parking officials, they claim. Working on a report about the city possibly reaping millions of dollars a year on bogus parking tickets, the city refused to speak to reporters about the issue. "NBCLA wanted to question the Chief of LA's Bureau of Parking Enforcement, Jimmy Price, about why the city is apparently issuing thousands of unfair tickets," they said. "But the LA Department of Transportation refused to provide Price, or anyone else, to answer our questions."

They brought that to City Controller Wendy Greuel, who may not open up an audit of the department. To me, it's unacceptable that no one would want to respond to questions being asked," she said. "In the city of Los Angeles, we need to treat our residents fairly."

Everyone hates parking tickets, but it's unusual that LADOT would not at least speak to the TV news station. In LAist's experience, the department always gets back with answers.

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That said, the department could use a big kick in the butt with how to better handle PR in 2010 -- in an era when social media dominates, if you're not actively participating in it, you're not doing your job (It's a start, but General Manager Rita Robinson does somewhat use Twitter.)

As one city hall official told us off the record, "If we could get departments to monitor and quickly respond (in a relaxed yet professional manner) via social media, imagine how quickly they could defuse the escalation of at-times misinterpreted actions."