Parking Ticket Fines to Possibly Increase
The city of Los Angeles is struggling over a $406 million dollar shortfall, forcing them to look at ways to cut costs and increase revenue. One obvious idea on the revenue side of things: parking tickets.
It was mentioned two weeks ago that the city could raise an extra $20 million by adding 8,600 miles to the street sweeping schedule, therefore allowing more opportunity for parking enforcement. But the Daily News' most recent coverage of the city's budget hearings has yet to mention that again. Instead, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is suggesting that parking ticket fines be increased by $5 across the board, which could make the city an extra $10 million.
"But council members said Tuesday that they want additional information on potentially raising the cost of violations by $10 or $15 each, Rick Orlov of the Daily News wrote. "While the move could bring in more money, officials were warned it also could lead to an increase in voter anger and more potential violence against parking officers."