Ever wonder what a day in the life of a parking enforcement officer looks like? LA Times columnist Gale Holland goes into the trenches to witness the parking wars that unfold on the streets every day. Between enforcement officers who are just doing their job and the citizens who fight for scarce spaces, often getting citations in the process, who wins? Why, it’s the city, of course, with the power to raise and collect parking fines, since these are a major source of municipal income.
The Los Angeles City Council approved the Hollywood Community Plan in 2012 after years of discussion and debate. However, does the Hollywood Millennium project, which was recently approved by the city Planning Commission but awaits a vote by the City Council, diverge from that hard-fought blueprint? The Millennium calls for two towers around the Capitol Records building and smaller buildings that would adhere to higher-density standards as the plan accepts. Opponents believe the project is well out of scale with what exists in Hollywood. However, at least one letter to the editor notes that such a project is necessary in order to keep Hollywood economically vibrant.
Turning our attention to airports, it’s hard to believe that LAX may finally get that much-wanted rail connection. Currently, both Metro and the Los Angeles World Airports are looking at both a light rail spur from the Crenshaw/LAX line into the airport proper and a peoplemover from the Crenshaw/LAX line directly to the airport terminals. However, LA Curbed would like to remind readers that a peoplemover will happen no matter where light rail stops. Metro expects to finish the alternatives analysis report this summer.