The next time your block is scheduled for street sweeping, you may not have to get out of bed early to fight for a new space.
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday the creation of a new parking enforcement website that will detail street sweeping cancellations.
"This is about common sense. People shouldn't block the streets from getting swept, and people shouldn't get tickets for no good reason," Garcetti said in a statement.
The beta site allows residents to enter their council district or address and get details on cancelled street sweeping.
The launch has had some glitches, however. Several addresses are not yet recognized by the site.
"It’s an IT issue that is being addressed. ... The important thing is to get the word out to Angelenos so that they know this is available to them,” said Vicki Curry, a spokeswoman for Garcetti.
When users select their council district, they're taken to a PDF map of their neighborhood, which they can then zoom into and find their address. Color-coded routes show where and when street sweepers will appear.
Using that route number, residents then consult a list of cancellations on the homepage.
With the website's launch, LA joins other tech-savvy Angelenos who are trying to make sense of the city's notoriously confusing parking rules.
“It’s great that they're doing awesome, innovative things in transportation and parking," said Sam Friedman, CEO and co-founder of the popular parking app ParkMe.
Friedman’s app was made to alleviate parking nightmares in Los Angeles by allowing users to check for available parking at nearby meters, garages and streets.
Friedman is not affiliated with the city's new parking website, but said he understands the need for it.
The new website is part of a collaboration between the Department of Transportation and the Bureau of Parking Services.
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