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Glendale Passing the Buck and Raising Parking Fines

A parking meter near GCC in Glendale (Photo by dreamyshade via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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Glendale already has some of the highest parking violation fine values in the area, and now the cost of a ticket is expected to go up, according to the News-Press. "The City Council this week approved a $3 increase to parking citations in response to an equal amount imposed recently by state legislators on cities to help fund court operations."

Already costlier than tickets in nearby Pasadena and Burbank, Glendale's Mayor, Ara Najarian, says the $3 increase is being passed on to parking violators after a $3 increase in funds extracted by the state for the general fund has been imposed on cities.

In Glendale, parking fines "support the city's parking fund, which pays for parking enforcement, maintenance of downtown Glendale and Montrose parking meters and operation of city owned parking lots and structures." Some civic leaders, however, are leery of the fines, because they fear it will detract visitors from coming to Glendale to shop.