All that motoring is contributing to traffic jams and pollution, according to state Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), and on Thursday he won Senate approval of a proposal he hopes will prompt cities and businesses to reduce the availability of free parking.
"Free parking has significant social, economic and environmental costs," Lowenthal said. "It increases congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.’’
So the already economically struggling family will be forced to pay for parking at a grocery store (which, by the way, is the norm is wealthier parts of Los Angeles)?
Shit, why stop there? Go on and force hospitals to do the same.
I have a pet peeve about paying for parking. I recently started my own law practice and I will never have an office where people have to pay for parking, even if I validate it for them. There is something psychologically demoralizing when you are going to see a lawyer and you're already worried about money, and you have to pull one of those little tickets out of the machine.