Parking priority for residents

I empathize with the reader who recently wrote, “Need help with street parking.” I have owned a land-locked home near Rose and Pacific avenues in Venice, one block from the beach, for 34 years. I too am held captive in my home on weekends for fear of not finding a parking place when I return.

A city parking lot on Main Street and Rose now contracts out the lot on weekends and holidays from May through September until 8 p.m., charging up to $20 a day, so another parking area is lost to us. Solutions?

The city could build parking structures for the public and allow permits for impacted residents to park there. The city could establish a two-hour parking limit on our unmetered streets unless you have a permit. This would force beachgoers to use public and private lots and somewhat level the playing field for stressed-out residents. A shuttle service could be provided from areas all over Venice that are further from the beach.

The California Coastal Commission, which is so concerned about public access, does not help us either. They show inconsistencies and favoritism in their approval of preferential parking. Venice could not get permit parking (even between 2 and 5 a.m.) because some non-resident might want to go fishing in the wee hours of the morning and not find parking; yet other coastal communities have been approved.

For example, there are eight streets in Santa Monica, the first block from the beach near Ocean Park Boulevard (Hollister, etc.), that have exclusive parking in front of their homes 24/7 – no tourists allowed. Isn’t the Coastal Commission concerned about Santa Monica limiting public access by giving spaces to residents?

I guess not, just in Venice. To view a map showing all of the Santa Monica streets that have preferential parking (up to Lincoln Boulevard where the Coastal Commission has jurisdiction), type in “city of Santa Monica Preferential Parking Map,” then click on, “(PDF) city of Santa Monica Preferential Parking Map.” You’ll be astounded.

The county will not help as well. Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl once told me, L.A. County, which has jurisdiction over Venice’s beach parking lots, does not want to provide overnight parking to residents.

Santa Monica, which has jurisdiction over its beach lots however, allows residents who live by the beach, the ability to buy overnight parking on beach lots for $15 a month. Why won’t L.A. County do the same for us?

By the time the city, county and Coastal Commission finally work together to plan and implement solutions to our parking problem, I will probably be too old to drive a car.

Carol Katona, Venice

Understanding bus line budget cuts

Re: “Depending on public transit” (Argonaut letters, June 28).

Perhaps the letter writer does not realize that the bus lines are already heavily subsidized by taxpayers and still manage to lose money.

I’ll bet that the Big Blue Bus line’s cuts had to do with trying to make that tax money plus rider fees go as far as possible.

How much more would the letter writer be willing to pay per ride to avoid those cuts?

Steve Mittleman, Marina del Rey