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Planning experts hope to solve parking scarcity with fewer spaces and higher prices By Bonnie Eslinger On busy streets west of the 405, finding a place to park can be an epic challenge. But some experts say the cure for the Westside’s collective vehicular-induced headache lies in building fewer parking spaces or making public parking more expensive. The “unbundling” of parking, which treats housing and parking as separate concerns, is an eco- and space-conscious movement to reduce the amount of parking spaces that new developments are required to create and encourage property owners to charge for use of those...

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CORRECTIONS: Last week’s issue misidentified the first name of Playa del Rey dog owner David Arbogast and the cable television network that airs the program “Top Chef,” which appears on Bravo. Turn Parking Garages into Homeless Shelters Prior to the time required for Measure H to take effect, Santa Monica and other cities could study the feasibility of providing an overnight shelter for the homeless within a level of our public parking structures. The structures are reasonably vacant after hours, and public bathrooms are available at the sub-sidewalk level on the first floor. Certainly there are a range of factors...

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Outreach with Greater Reach

County leaders are counting on nonprofit homeless services providers to fulfil the promise of Measure H By Gary Walker At final count nearly 70% of Los Angeles County voters who turned out for the March 7 election chose to tax themselves in support of expanded homeless services, allowing local lawmakers and social services providers to intensify such efforts as early as this summer. Measure H’s temporary .25% sales tax hike takes effect July 1 and is expected to raise about $355 million each year over the next decade — money that both public agencies and nonprofits will use to...

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A War against Weeds

Drought-busting storms were also a boon to invasive plant species in the Ballona Wetlands By Gary Walker The abundant winter rainfall that rescued Los Angeles from its historic five-year drought also helped resuscitate the bane of every gardener’s existence: weeds. And for the Ballona Wetlands, that spells trouble. The 640-acre state ecological reserve, no stranger to invasive species, is experiencing a proliferation of non-native plants that threatens to set back the progress of meticulous restoration efforts over the past three decades. “This is the downside of all the rain that we saw,” explains Patrick Tyrell, habitat restoration manager for...

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