By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, July, 2010
The Eliot and Sullivan’s Gulch neighborhood associations are examining possible permit parking systems. In each case the Lloyd District Transportation Management Association is paying for a survey of current parking conditions, the first step in the process, and a guide to the placement of the district boundaries. Under such systems, residents of the district are allowed to purchase permits – at $45 a year each – that give them unlimited rights to park on the street; non-permit holders can park only for a limited time, usually two hours. When the proposed rules are set, the city conducts a vote of residents; at least 50 percent of eligible households must participate, and at least 60 percent of those voting must support the system, for it to be installed.
Sullivan’s Gulch residents complain that workers from nearby businesses, commuters taking advantage of the Lloyd District Free Fare Zone and even airplane passengers seeking to avoid airport parking rates, regularly park in front of their homes for hours or even days on end. In Eliot, the main culprit is Rose Quarter event patrons. However, past attempts to install permit parking – once in Eliot, twice in Sullivan’s Gulch – failed to attract the necessary support from residents.