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from the hills cont. from page 10 professional, for a whole day. How times have changed. Getting back to rates, The best deals can Later this month a joint meeting of be found on some of the private surface Traffic and Parking Commission and the lots. Two near Wilshire and Santa Monica Planning Commission will hold a very Boulevards provide "early bird" rates of $5 important open meeting on our city's traf- per day. fic needs. The first part will be a report Some lots on Crescent Drive demand $2 from traffic experts, who have probably for 20 minutes, while others in the triangle advanced their science since my early, have a $1.20 rate. The maximum rates vary youthful encounters with their profession. from as high as $50 for one lot on North During my more radical days, while Canon Drive to $18 one block further going to school in Chicago and living and south, working in a Settlement House, I took on a The vagaries of parking rates are almost neighborhood campaign to save two as different as validation policies. It seems Elevated Lines: The Humboldt and Logan few doctors validate, but the 120 South Square "Ells." The impacted communities Spalding Drive building does give medical were enraged that these two trunk lines of Visitors free parking, the Chicago Rapid Transit System were to One of the best operators in the city be torn down and, on behalf of the seems to be Hodes, which also has an Settlement House, I took on their cause. office here. Their attendants are well super- But when the Chicago Transit Vised, and they seem to remain around Authorities invited me to their opulent longer than workers for other valet ser- headquarters to meet with their experts, I Vices. began to have doubts about our efforts to Although the city does not yet monitor save the "Ell." rates, the Public Works Department does They totally convinced my impression- regulate licenses, signage, insurance and able mind that "fixed' rail was a thing of other requirements and does a first rate job the past and that the future of mass transit of enforcing city regulations. Permit park- was the gas driven bus! What did 1 know'? ing and all other parking rules are adminis- Local Hero: Planning Commission tered by the Transportation Department, Chair Jerry Felsenthal who conceived the and here too we found a high degree of pro- concept of the public meeting of his com- fessionalism, even though some rules and mission and Traffic and Parking on the Procedures, including having to post signs city's traffic needs. I have served with Jerry for private property intruders may need on city committees and always found him review, to be reasonable and thoughtful, even when Both city agencies report through the we disagreed. He once owned considerable Traffic and Parking Commission. A word rental property in the city and his tenants of advice: Problems with any parking issue always had high praise for his management Can be brought directly to the commission, and concerns. But mostly, Jerry exempli- Call the city clerk for dates and times for ties a great city resource: The dozens of their meetings, residents who serve on our commissions One final word on parking rates: In one often without recognition or appreciation. Century City office building I not only had Final Note: Thanks to those who to wait in a long line while each car went responded on magazine delivery problems. through a security check, something I did Postal Authorities are doing a careful probe =i~t find yet in any Beverly Hills building, of the problem. Will keep you posted. D but the rates approached extortion levels of $3 foreach 20minutes. Happily, one build- Rudy Cole can be reachedat ihg north, the rate was a meager $2.50. My rudy@bhweekly.com r~orn at the college dorm was less than that REMODEL & REPAIR Appointment Suggested 841-6254 8543 Venice Just west of La Cienega P.ubber tamps Embossin9 PowdersVHandmade Papersqt I bber 5tamps in lgevelV Hills?.., Bet! , ARTWORKS & ARTWARE 50. I obertson 81v l. (nestled between Wilshire & Olympic) in 6everlv Hills (3,10) ,60-1B00 Come on in & be clelicjhted! Chandeliers tVintage 1-extiles Anticlues Gi s & RAore April 25- May 1, 2002 * 11