Monday, March 05, 2007

The LA Times forgot to check with LA City Nerd

Apparently, not enough Web-savvy, LA-based writers read LA City Nerd. See, in today's LA Times, Ken Layne ranted about how he couldn't find information on parking regulations. Umm... didn't anyone read this post from last week on parking restrictions around a Fire Hydrant??

So, spread the word and tell your friends - LA City Nerd has the answers to your City questions. Got a question about LA City - just ask us! It might take a day or so to get back to you (sometimes longer), but we will.


Anonymous said...

California Codes can be found at and Los Angeles City Codes at

Both these resources have standard search facilities. A quick search on "hydrant" reveals that California Vehicle Code Sec. 22514
forbids parking, stopping, or standing within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, but allows local authorities to reduce that distance.

The Traffic section of the LA Municipal Code doesn't seem to contain any such reduction. The only mention of parking at fire hydrants is in Sec 80.06(c), which empowers the city fire department to issue citations to vehicles illegally parked by fire hydrants.

It took me two Google searches and less than 10 minutes to find that. It's sad to see that LA Times writers have such poor research skills.

Anonymous said...

Just so you know, that was an op-ed piece, not something written by an LA Times staffer. It was actually written by the west coast editor of Wonkette (, which might help explain why he was unable to find this basic information.

Anonymous said...

What excatly doe Sec 80.06(c) say?
You said it "empoewers the city fire depaartment to issue citations..." Does this mean that Parking Enforcemnt can issue tickets as well?