To the surprise of Angelenos, Los Angeles traffic officers have been ticketing cars parked at malfunctioning meters, despite a new law that strictly forbids the California cities to cite anyone parked at an inoperable meter.
An NBC4 I-Team investigation found that parking meter citation revenue has generated tens of millions of dollars for the city of Los Angeles.
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And the amount of cash brought in at the city's 37,807 meters steadily increases each year.
In the 2010-2011 fiscal year, LA brought in $36 million in parking peter citation revenue.
In 2011-2012 fiscal year, the city brought in $44.9 million.
And in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, LA raked in $45.9 million.