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City Council Eyes Limits On Street Sweeping Parking Restrictions Near LA Schools

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Parents who drop off their children at schools in the city of Los Angeles may no longer have to fear a parking ticket when they do so.

KNX 1070′s Claudia Peschiutta reports the City Council is considering a motion that could lead to limiting street sweeping parking restrictions on streets near elementary schools.

The Mar. 26 motion (PDF) asks the city Bureau of Street Services to report on the “feasibility of limiting street sweeping no-parking restrictions, on streets near elementary schools, to begin only after 8:30 a.m., and include an estimate of costs that would be incurred in changing the signage to facilitate the change in policy.”

City officials estimate about five percent of streets marked for sweeping on any given week day end up not being cleaned due to scheduling and/or staffing issues.

Councilmember Paul Krekorian, who introduced the motion, said that while the chief goal is to increase safety near school zones, he also wants to avoid making drop-offs even more stressful for parents.

“It just seems to me that it would be unfair as a parent is dropping off a child, walking them into a school, and then by 8:05 (a.m.) see that they have a parking ticket because they’re in a street sweeping zone,” Krekorian said.

The motion now heads to the Public Works Committee.

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