A grass-roots group of Angelenos wants to revamp the way Los Angeles collects money from parking tickets — and has pledged to take its campaign to the ballot box if the city doesn’t embrace change.
The Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative wants to cap fines at $23 for violations that don’t affect public safety. Its list of proposed changes also includes giving neighborhoods a way to help shape local regulations and fees and having parking ticket money funneled into a separate fund instead of the general city budget.
Many Los Angeles parking tickets are much more costly than the proposed cap. The average ticket stands at $68, $45.50 of which goes to the general fund to pay for basic city services, according to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.
Members of the group complain that Los Angeles has banked on parking tickets as a way to weather its budget problems. Money reaped from tickets has grown from nearly $110 million in 2003 to roughly $161 million this year, according to the mayor’s budget.
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