West Covina parking permits denied

While everyone was glued to their TV sets or the Internet on Election Day, about 200 residents came out to voice both their opposition and support to a proposed parking ordinance. Nearly 40 people said they did not want the permit, and about 20 people spoke in favor of it. And you know what? The council listened.

On a 4-0 vote, the council decided not to pursue the parking permits.

Major points made against the permit were:
-tough economic times, and residents can’t afford it
-the ordinance doesn’t answer the larger issue of other code enforcement problems that currently are ignored
-it should be taken to the voters
-violation of property rights

-the city did a poor job of informing residents about the topic, and some wondered why of all nights it was on Election Night

Major points made for the permits were:
-reduces crime
-easier access for fire and police
-streets are too narrow
-this will cut back on early morning parties

Are you happy with the results?

  • Anonymous

    It probably should go to the voters. But how is this (if it were adopted) a violation of private property rights? The city owns the streets, not the person who owns the home or rents the apartment next to the street. Just ’cause you own a home (or rent an apartment) does not give you a “property right” to park on the street.

    I’m just sayin’ . . . .

  • anonymous

    “are you happy with the results?”……thrilled! Not because you won’t need to buy a parking permit, but because the process worked as it is supposed to….yeah!

  • Hal

    Very Happy. This is a victory for the citizens of West Covina and democracy. Now if we can just get a referendum on the firewoks ban we would be in great shape. I would actually pay for a permit to use fireworks in W.C. on the 4th!

  • Connie Madison

    I am thrilled that this is not happening. I was shocked that this was on the agenda. I emailed my disapproval and stated I felt due economic times this was not a good idea. Crime reduction was given as a excuse. Prior notification should have been sent to homeowners. This was a fee generated revenue plan, not for the benefit of homeowners and the public.

  • Connie Madison

    I am thrilled that this is not happening. I was shocked that this was on the agenda. I emailed my disapproval and stated I felt due economic times this was not a good idea. Crime reduction was given as a excuse. Prior notification should have been sent to homeowners. This was a fee generated revenue plan, not for the benefit of homeowners and the public.

  • Rick Franks

    Parking permits are sensible methods of curbing crime, enhancing property values and generating income for the city. But – after learning WC has no permit system means I’ll never buy a home there.

  • to Rick Franks from WC

    We’re tickled to hear that.