Wendy or Nick? How They Would Help Fix Parking if Elected
On the upcoming March 3rd ballot, we will be voting for city councilmembers, the mayor, the city attorney and city controller candidates. The latter is one of the most unusual, but extremely important for government. The controller, who often has to take a pit bull stance, audits departments, and not just for their financial accounting but on their efficiency and productivity. Basically, are they serving the people in a timely, professional and efficient way while not going in the red?
Two main candidates are facing off for the job, which will begin on July 1st: 2nd District Councilwoman Wendy Greuel (Campaign Website | Facebook) and former LADWP President Nick Patsaouras (Campaign Website | Facebook). Both of them have transit experience. Greuel is the current City Council Transportation Committee Chair and before DWP, Patsaouras was the former President of RTD, the agency that eventually turned into Metro.
With the new parking rates such a hot topic, we asked them separately in a three part question, how they would approach the infamous Department of Transportation in regards to this issue. At the core of the recent debacle was that the City Council approved new parking rates and extended enforceable hours at meters in a very short period of time which is a cause for concern in many neighborhoods. For example, in the NoHo Arts District, later-night posted hours with a time limit of two hours does not work when you have an area that's promoted to be a destination for more than two hours (dinner, then a theatre show, then maybe a drink after). Here's what they had to say to our questions: