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Officials Want to Better Manage Parking in Van Nuys

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In downtown Van Nuys there's a parking problem. Luckily, there could be a fix and it doesn't mean building a parking structure. A L.A. city council transportation panel today met and briefly discussed two proposals that could help solve parking around the Van Nuys civic center. Although there metered spaces line the surrounding streets -- often crowded -- two city parking lots do not operate at maximum capacity. One has an average occupancy of 76% while another has a 28% occupancy.

"Clearly, these lots are underutilized, partially due to the surrounding inexpensive on-street parking and lack of adequate signage directing drivers to the lots," wrote Councilmember Tony Cardenas in his motion.

"This part of town... was originally designed before cars," added Daniel Slotnick, a planning deputy for Cardenas.

It currently costs $1.10 per hour in the parking lots, but $1 per hour on the street. If the city were to apply higher priced parking spots, it would reduce congestion of people seeking cheap street spots directing them over to the lots. Slotnick said this was about managing already-existings assets better.