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Parking Ban Sought on Foothill

October 01, 2004

Overnight parking on Foothill Boulevard could be a thing of the past if the county follows the recommendations of the Crescenta Valley Town Council

The council has endorsed putting "no parking from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m." signs on Foothill to discourage long-term parking, especially the practice of leaving cars for sale on the boulevard. Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich is now trying to determine if there is consensus in the business community for the change.

Both the town council and the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce have complained about the proliferation of cars with for sale signs on them along Foothill, especially near two shopping centers.

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The county cannot ban for sale signs because of a court order, and so can only deal with the issue through parking controls.

Under state law, cars are supposed to be moved every 72 hours, but some town council members have complained cars have parked for days without moving.

The county first offered to make the street a two-hour parking zone, but the chamber didn't accept that.

The overnight parking ban, if instituted, would be enforced by the Sheriff's Department, according to Antonovich aide Sussy Nemer. "Someone will have to write the tickets," she said.

There might not be that many. A drive along Foothill by a Valley Sun editor found three cars parked in the county territory.

-Charles Cooper

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