Unless you've lived in LA your entire life, you're probably never going to be fluent in LA parking signs. They're actually impossible to understand. By the time you thoroughly read and try to interpret a sign like this, it'll be time to go home anyway.
When you see one of LA's purposely confusing signs, you know you have two choices: go home or get a ticket. There's no winning in this situation, so you might as well give up. And while you're stuck in traffic on the way home, you can contemplate why you moved to a city that makes such a simple task so soul-sucking.
In March 2012, Weiss walked up to his car (which was parked on La Jolla Avenue) and found a parking ticket under his windshield wiper. The citation contended that Weiss’s car had been parked past the two-hour limit. Weiss, though, claimed that this ticket was wrongfully issued.
So Weiss decided to challenge the ticket. After all, nobody wants to pay a $55 fine (parking tickets were cheaper in 2012, apparently) that they don’t deserve. It proved to be the right decision for Weiss, who got back his $55 and a whole lot more.
10. So Why Did Weiss Win So Much Money Over A $55 Ticket?
Weiss isn’t cashing in big because his ticket was wrongfully issued. Rather, his big payday is the result of highlighting a major flaw in LA’s parking ticket system. He and his attorney, Caleb Marker, exposed how LA uses a private for-profit company to process parking ticket challenges. Which – by the way – is illegal.
Apparently, Los Angeles has been contracting Xerox (oh yeah, you’ve heard of them?) to process parking ticket challenges. The technology giant consistently denied residents’ challenges to parking tickets, and the city profited. Big time. We’re talking $335 million over a two-year period.
Thanks to Weiss’ suit, Los Angeles will no longer be able to hire a private contractor to review initial parking citation challenges.
“The Legislature has decreed, in effect, that Xerox has no power to conduct the review at all,” the court stated. “Public policy favors the city’s review of parking citations. The trial court reasoned that the city (which has constituents) is more accountable than is a private entity like Xerox.”
Since Xerox is a private, for-profit company, “it had an inherent conflict of interest,” the court declared. And a company with an inherent conflict of interest shouldn’t be deciding whether or not you have to pay a wrongfully issued parking ticket.
Essentially, this isn’t just a victory for Weiss, but also a small (really small, tbh) victory for all Angelenos.
While this LA-Xerox-Weiss parking ticket saga may not necessarily be over yet, we should still look at this as a victory for everyday Angelenos. One of us stood up to the Man and won. So remember that small silver lining the next time you’re circling the streets of downtown and pulling out your hair while searching for a parking spot.