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& ,&, ~::~ :';~ "2 Amusing, More random thoughts about happenings in Beverly Hills. '.~ > ~. :~ U The obvious reason was the closing of the D-Lot. The owner, a private not a park- ing service company operation, under- stood all too well the law of supply and demand. Can the city regulate parking rates, and should they'? The immediate answer was not clear. Some cities apparently do control parking rates, but few if any smaller communities do. But when I examined parking rates than those in Century City or even many of the lots in West Hollywood and proba- bly because of our two-hour free lots. The main beneficiaries of the low rates are doctors and their patients in the busi- ness triangle. Parking at medical office buildings in West Hollywood near the Beverly Center can be as high as $24, but our medical visitors can usually find room By Rudy Cole in the city lots. Some people have found very interest- the alley. He also has a driveway used for How competitive are city lots for after ing and creative solutions to the parking guests. When he found stranger's cars throughout the city and compared them two-hour rates? The T- Lot on Beverly and needs of our community, using the driveway, he called the city to with our neighbors, the charges were not Canon Drives near Wilshire, which was The parking operator who handles cars have them removed. What he learned, and out of line, even if they were somewhat nearly empty on Monday of this week, for a new religious group in the city didn't we confirmed, is that the city will not tow opportunistic, charges $1 for each additional half hour have enough room in an adjoining lot so cars unless he posts signs prohibiting park- First, some numbers: There are I 1,441) after the first free two. But just across the he simply took over a garage in an unat- ing! His questions seemed reasonable: Do parking spaces in private structure com- street in the Bank of America building, 15 tended Wilshire Boulevard office building I also have to have signs warning peoplc mercial buildings, 2,136 surface spaces minutes will cost you $1.50. on Saturday morning. The building own- they may not take my sprinklers? Signs for (before the D-Lot construction) and 1,032 Speaking of the T-Lot, one resident ers, somewhat surprised at the number of commercial lots make sense, but for a two alley parking spaces. Add to this the 4, 237 recently complained that he had to park his tenants working on a weekend, chased the unit building? spaces the city provides and we have as own car and that the attendants were not enterprising operator who was collecting But what really started my search lor many parking spaces as we have registered helpful. Imagine, free parking and having fees by using someone else's lot. information on city parking was a more voters. One figure we could not verify is to park your own car. The Lot operator is A different kind of problem faced a personal incident. The parking lot on thc number ofmetcrs, but the estimate was not required to provide valet service unless longtime resident in the southwest. He Canon Drive I often use when visiting one 2,671-- not counting venues such as the lot is very congested. As to the atten- owns a two unit building with a double of my favorite restaurants raised their rates Roxbury Park. dants, I found them both courteous and garage and two carports, accessible from last week. It was a fairly heavy increase. As for parking rates, they arc far lower from the hills cont. on page 11 From the mountains to the Valley, for business or pleasure, discover the exciting diversity and great value of Fresno County. 0 CARPET&UPHOLSTERY CLEANING DRY IN ONE HOUR PROCESS Prompt Reliable Service .Deodorizes , No Sticky Residues Non Toxic Competitive Commercial and Residential Rates Let Our Professionals Do the Job Right ! *Senior Citizen Discount Our Business is Built on Quality & Customer Satisfaction 310-456-0820 A New Image in Carpet Cleaning 10 % OFF CAL- SCAN (916) 228-6010 California's Statewide Classified Advertising Network Is: * Super Exposure. Your ad will be placed in 181) newspapers with a combined readership of over 5 million. (916) 228-6019 = Super Value: $450 for a 25 word ad. I www.Cal-Scan,com Tha s only $2.o0 per newspaper, d I Super Easy: One call does it all. | 10 Beverly Hills Weekly