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Union Wants 50 More Parking Enforcement Officers on the Street

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When thousands of city jobs were threatened earlier this year due to L.A.'s own budget crisis, the Coalition of L.A. City Unions decided to propose their own budget that would include job-saving measures. One of those ideas would take 50 sacked employees and put them to work on the streets as parking enforcement officers.

"More enforcement officers are needed to ensure that parking signs are being enforced throughout the city," said the union report, entitled A Strong Budget for Los Angeles. "The Bureau management believes that an additional 50 enforcement officers can be used to maximize the Bureau's effectiveness."

The report says those additional officers would bring in $11.7 million on top of the estimated $134 million brought in by some 2,614,500 parking tickets written this budget year. Last year, 2,784,351 citations generated $133.5 million and 2,806,712 brought in $127 million the previous year.

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"These new enforcement officers could be drawn from the ranks of the existing workforce in positions that have been slated to be eliminated. Thus, no new salary costs would be added to the base budget," explained the report.

An analysis of the full budget proposal released last week noted that more time was needed to examine the parking officer proposal. Concerns revolved around why fewer citations were written last year when more officers were out on the streets and what added vehicles, gas usage, uniforms and other items meant for the budget.

The union budget also sought more expansion of parking meter times and days in addition to defining street sweeping areas.