It is amazing how much a little paint can do. Not only has the paint job on the Wilson parking lot placed a wedge between University of La Verne and city of La Verne officials, but it has also managed to raise a few questions and concerns as well.
What seemed to be a positive move by the city, eliminating some two-hour parking spaces, has created nothing but distrust for city officials by members of the University. That distrust comes from too many spaces becoming public.
Members of this University have been fooled long enough. The only result from the complaints made after the city implemented “resident-only” parking on Third Street was a letter to the editor written by La Verne City Councilmember Robert F. Rodriguez. In the letter, Rodriguez gave examples of how time and time again the city has helped out this University. His letter described how the city helped financially support ULV and how he found it “ironic” for the Campus Times editorial board to write about how the city disregards the University.
But the recent actions of city officials, done without any consideration to the agreement concerning the recent orange parking spaces, have spoken much louder than Rodriguez’s words.
Perhaps city officials assume the University needs the city more than the city needs the University. The city of La Verne would completely lose its identity, its backbone and a significant number of its population without ULV and its students. The city clearly disregarded the importance of ULV’s faculty and students by not notifying them of how many spaces they intended to paint.
It is ridiculous how this University is not allowed to expand due to city officials drawing property lines in their favor. The excuse that small businesses deserve their share of parking for customers is absurd. Without the students, faculty and staff at ULV, these businesses would face empty parking lots daily. How can these owners complain when the students provide them with the money for the buildings they use in the first place?
City officials need to wake up from the false reality that cornering this University will happen without any action or argument. If the ULV population ever expects to expand or improve itself, it needs to be able to prove itself strong with or without the city of La Verne’s permission.
If businesses would rather have ULV students go elsewhere, so be it. It is doubtful city officials would take offense to any of this considering it was their employees who picked up the paintbrushes and with that proved themselves not having any consideration to the trust formed between the city and the University over the years.