by Oscar G. Borello
The lack of parking at La Verne has drawn some audible whines and complaints from students this semester. And none too few have also been given tickets issued consistently by the La Verne Police Department, as well.
Students have been parking anywhere and everywhere they can. And by completely ignoring parking regulations submit themselves to being ticketed.
Officer J. Royal explains, “the University has asked us to be strict with the enforcement of parking regulations. Students were parking in the red and basically making their own spaces all over the campus.”
The continuing construction of the library has wreaked havoc on the parking situation and many of the students are forced to park away from the central part of the campus. And although it is a bit of a hike it is nothing in comparison to schools of larger size.
The availability of parking does not change any of the laws that have long been established. Thus, students must constantly be aware of their parking and they must be ready to pay for their violations, which can run about $30 for some of the more minor infractions.
Senior Ken Lee received a ticket which he thought was for parking in a red area by about a foot. According to Lee, “the ticket was very vague.”
Lee said, “with all the construction, everybody’s more stressed, and its a real scramble for spaces.”
His ticket is one of the more common, another is parking in front of fire hydrants. “The city is not responsible for painting the curb near the fire hydrant red,” said Officer Royal, “but you can’t park within fifteen feet either way.”
Also many of the spots the students are occupying only have a two hour maximum time.
Parking enforcement officers will periodically come by, mark the tires of the auto with chalk, and if the car has not been moved after the allotted time it will result in the issuance of a citation.
Some other common violations include parking in handicapped zones and parking on or over the lines. LVPD also looks for unregistered cars.
Senior Kristi Moran received a ticket for having her tire on the line. She took it to court and had it reversed.
Moran said, “it was a $75 ticket that really depended on the officer’s viewpoint more than anything, it was his word over mine and the judge believed me.”
Students are reminded that the only way to avoid getting a parking citation is to not be irresponsible and to respect the laws, even in these frustrating days of construction.