The Los Angeles Parking Problem

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The Los Angeles Parking Problem

When people think of California, they often think sunshine, beaches, movie stars and of course, the famous Los Angeles traffic. No matter how great the sunshine and breeze may feel, no one likes getting stuck on the freeway during that morning / evening rush hour. What’s worse than that? Coming home only to spend 30 minutes to an hour on finding parking. So, why is this Los Angeles parking problem still present?


A study of a 15-block area in downtown L.A. revealed that people “cruising” for scarce parking cumulatively drive an extra 3,600 miles per day. With almost 4 million Angelenos filling the city, it’s no wonder a daily commute consists of delays and traffic stops. With so many people coming into the city and getting around, catering to the large community will be difficult, especially since California’s roadways were designed back in the day – making it a mess for Angelenos now.


Apart from having too many people in Los Angeles, the environment itself is unable to accommodate our ever-growing needs. A great example would be the Google headquarters in Cupertino, California. Though the major tech company has over 14,000 employees, the city of Cupertino only allows 11,000 parking spots. This is just one of the many examples of Los Angeles development planning gone wrong. In addition, over 40% of the city is strictly reserved for parking, rather than the needed roadways. With many cars and individuals to cater to, what can the city do to relieve this issue?


Let’s face it, attempting to control city developments was a clear mistake. Now even though much needed developments are missing, other options are still available – like automated parking systems, underground parking structures, low-income housing projects near metro areas, etc. Making room for structures like these will provide more room and ease for locals. Though this would be nice, executing an efficient way to build these brings forth another issue. Part of the development limitations are imposed as a single parking spot adds 12.5% to the price of a housing unit, while two spots add 25%. Additionally, with land costs at a premium, many developers need to add floors or dig underground just to add parking, which can get pricey. This Los Angeles parking problem makes housing less affordable, less favorable to build and contributes to the overall Los Angeles housing crisis.


For those who are wondering what can be done, a solution may take some time. For developers who are interested in learning more about building autonomous parking structures, contact the Automated Parking Solution for assistance. For any other information regarding building or planning your development, contact The Code Solution – a premiere architecture, coding and planning firm in Los Angeles.

Original Blog by Jesamine D.

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Costa Hawkins and Voting NO on Prop 10

Activists disappointed after an Assembly committee blocked a bill to
lift statewide restrictions on types rent control demonstrate in
California’s Capitol on Thursday. (Katy Murphy - Bay Area News Group)
source: mercury news

Costa Hawkins and Voting NO on Prop 10

In 1995, California passed a statute allowing landlords to charge “market” rent whenever a new tenant enters a lease. The Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act permits this rent alteration, just as long as written notice is properly given. Though the Rent Adjustment Commission hasn’t reported more than 5% of rent increase since 1985, rent prices would still increase anywhere from 3-5%. This includes potential increase in single-family homes, most condominiums and multi-family rental units that were built after 1995.

Los Angeles Housing Crisis

A large amount of Los Angeles residents spend more than half of their income on rent. With housing rates this extreme, it’s now evident why one in four LA residents are living in poverty. Unfortunately, the Act only increases the risk in Los Angeles’ current housing crisis. Though the need for affordable housing is apparent, the Act severely impacted a 2009 court decision,which would’ve required developers to include affordable housing units in their resident projects.

Restoring Affordable Housing

The Court responded by stating Los Angeles’ violated the Costa Hawkins Act by allowing lower rent rates for newly constructed units. In contrast of this, Governor Jerry Brown (thankfully) signed a bill that restored the permission to pursue building affordable units in new rental developments.

Pursuing Low-Income Residential Projects

While the demand for affordable housing continues to grow, new housing developments are increasing at an even slower pace. This sufficient lack leaves California’s rate of new housing projects short of demand. Even for homeowners who are subleasing even a single room in their residence, they may still be subject to increases in their rent. Though repealing an act will take time to display results, it all starts with a “no.”

What is Prop 10?

Prop 10 is a statute that was presented to California courts when determining whether local governments should step into place for adopting rent control ordinances. The proposition would repeal the Costa Hawkins Act, reversing many of its requirements. In addition, the proposition includes flaws such as not increase housing for affordable spending, will not force local communities to build affordable housing and finally, the prop will not provide any instant relief for those facing higher housing rates.

“NO” on Prop. 10

When getting your ballot in the mail, it’s important to understand what each prop represents before voting. For example, prop 10 provide doesn’t provide protection for renters, seniors, veterans, the disabled, nor does the prop provide affordable housing or rent rollbacks, either. Overall, renters will immediately feel the effects of prop 10’s harmful output. Having such in effect will cause landlords to convert their apartments into potential condominiums, increasing rent prices and vacation opportunities. This will push many of California’s renters in a state of “where do I go now?” To better our community, we can stop this reduction of affordable and middle-class housing by voting “no” on prop 10.

Original Blog by Jesamine D.

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