As a long time property owner in North Laguna (Poplar Street) I was surprised to recently learn that there has existed for some years a city parking policy that I can only characterize as placing an unfair financial burden on the residents of North Laguna, myself included. Let me explain.
The city, to its credit, is providing weekly street sweeping services for the majority of its 300 or so public streets with nearly all of those streets having no signs indicting the days the sweeping will occur or requiring residents to move parked cars to make way for the sweepers. Apparently the sweepers just go around parked cars and no parking violation tickets are issued.
That said, 27 streets, all of which are in North Laguna, are being treated differently. These few streets are posted with signs indicating sweeping days and the requirement that cars not be parked incorrectly on those days or be subject to $46 fines. Further, city records also show that parking violation revenue for just these few North Laguna streets totals about $120,000 per year or about $10,000 per month, all from just 27 streets and all from just North Laguna residents.
Now, for the record, I appreciate the street sweeping and don’t want to question that, but I believe the city should, as a matter of fairness and as a result of having this North Laguna condition brought to their attention, consider one of the following two actions: cease issuing street sweeping violation tickets on the North Laguna streets, bringing them into parity with the other city streets (my preference) or formulate a convincing parking policy statement explaining why they wish to continue ticketing just North Laguna residents and not others.
In an upcoming letter, I hope to provide additional information on this lopsided (and in my mind unfair) ticketing policy, including how it got started back in 1983, why it’s still in effect today (32 years later), and what’s currently being done by residents of North Laguna in an attempt to remedy it.
If you are interested in seeing a map of the city streets showing which are subject to street sweeping enforcement (tickets) and which are not, go to: https://lightspeed.leadpages.co/north-laguna-parking-lp/
Lowell Frazee, Laguna Beach