The City Council’s Transportation Committee took action Wednesday in support of a proposal to return to the practice of ticketing motorists for parking on parkways in Los Angeles.

The Transportation Committee approved a proposed amendment that defines the meaning of a parkway — the area between the curb and the sidewalk that is generally landscaped — and would also prevent vehicles from being parked on the greenbelts.

The ordinance is expected to be voted on by the full City Council next week.

Parkway parking restrictions hves not been enforced by the city since 2011, when it temporarily suspended enforcement in response to complaints about tickets being issued to owners of cars parked on the so-called “apron” of driveways, which is the area of the driveway below the sidewalk, and as a result ended up allowing parkway parking.

After the city stopped enforcement, drivers in some neighborhoods soon started parking on parkways, destroying curbs and landscaping in the process, according to Councilman Mitch O’Farrell.

“The longstanding parkway parking policy has created visual blight in our neighborhoods,” O’Farrell said in May. “Trees, plants, and landscaping have been destroyed, impacting the quality of life in our communities.”

The proposed amendment focuses on preventing parkway parking and does not address apron parking.

Assistant City Attorney Michael Nagle explained to the committee that state law still prevents apron parking in many cases, particularly if a car juts into the street or is parked over the sidewalk, and the city will continue to enforce state law.

The city’s efforts to define its policies on apron and parkway parking has stalled since 2011 due to a number of lawsuits brought by disability advocates over the state of its sidewalks. The city has settled those lawsuits and last year agreed to spend more than $1.3 billion over 30 years to fix sidewalks.

The council drafted a new amended ordinance on parkway parking in November, but it was never voted on by the Transportation Committee.

Tony Arranaga, director of communications for O’Farrell, said the councilman had concerns over the November draft ordinance, and wanted a new one that only specifically focused on parkway parking, prompting him to introduce a motion in April asking for a new ordinance.

–City News Service

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