Proposal to aid Morgan in permit enforcement

by Alisha Rosas
Managing Editor

A proposal will be presented this month to President Stephen Morgan to determine whether or not to enforce the parking permits issued to University of La Verne students last semester.

The proposal, which will be written by John Lentz, director of Campus Safety and Transportation, will address many of the concerns brought to his attention in regard to using the permit system.

“There is a slight possibility [that they will be enforced this semester],” said Lentz.

The issues that Lentz is attempting to address focus mainly on visitor parking. Various department members, along with the president, expressed the need for answers to problems such as what to do with visitors attending art or photography exhibitions, athletic events or theater performances.

According to Lentz, the proposal will provide answers to the concerns of the University staff.

He said the proposal will contain the solution of suspending permit enforcement for specific events. For example, tickets would not be issued during athletic events or theater performances.

Lentz said that he also plans to have a form made available for employees of the Office of Admissions to issue to visitors that park in the 20 minute spaces in front of Miller Hall, and need more time. The form would permit them to extend that limit to 90 minutes.

Another idea that has been considered as a solution for the visitor parking issue is for visitors to purchase a daily parking permit from a machine. However, Lentz said that, due to the expense of such a machine, no details have been made.

The permits, which were issued to students last semester, are currently available 24 hours a day from Campus Safety employees.

“We are now requiring student or employee identification [to obtain a permit],” said Lentz.

“When we did this initially, it was kind of a last minute decision, so we had to rush through getting our permits and then rush through the process because we didn’t have them here and didn’t have the process in place by the time school started,” said Lentz. “We wanted to make it as easy as possible. When people were coming in, we didn’t require that they have a student ID or those kinds of things, and later we heard feedback that people who were not students had obtained permits and were parking in our lots.

“We’ve caught a couple of those. A couple of people who worked in the downtown area who were using our lot with those permits.”

However, Lentz said that the permit system has its benefits, for both the future of the University and what the system has already accomplished.

He said that it has helped to identify property zones for the Stu-Han parking lot, which is owned by both the city and the University of La Verne. “This system has helped to define where that line is drawn,” Lentz said.

Lentz also said that he finds the system helpful in regard to identifying and then locating owners of vehicles parked on campus by using the number on the permit.

The use of the Wilson Library parking lot, which was used by many members of the La Verne community as a parking space for turn-around trips to Las Vegas and such, is no longer used for such proposes due to the issuing of the parking permits.

“We’re better able to control our parking because we’re able to restrict parking on our lots to the people who need to park on our lots, and we’re able to identify those who don’t, so I think it’s helped. It’s been a real low-key way, but it’s helped,” Lentz said.

If the proposal is accepted by the president and the permit system is enforced, tickets will cost $20 for not having a permit visible in vehicles.

The money that is acquired from the tickets will go the La Verne Police Department since it is LVPD employees that complete the process for parking ticket procedures for the University.

Lentz also addressed a concern that many students have toward the permit system. Many students question having a permit for a space that is non-existent due to the limited parking at ULV.

“People tell me that,” said Lentz. “We’re a 16-hour-a-day university. We have people who go to class at 7:30 in the morning and who go to class at 7:30 at night. If everyone came at once to park, there is no way.

“No school that I know of though, guarantees you a place to park if you have a permit. All that permit does is is give you the right to park on university property, if you can find a space.”

If the permit system becomes mandated this semester, students will be notified. Lentz said that he will distribute a memo, along with sending out campus-wide voice mail messages. Fliers will be displayed and a two-week warning period will be used to warn students of the need to have a permit visible in their vehicles.

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