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Dear DOT: Why the Bagged Meters?

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, October 13, 2008, at 10:02AM
Bagged Meters Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Seven meters are bagged on Spring street between 6th and 7th. Signs limit parking from 6pm - 6am, when the meters would be out of service.

All weekend, seven meters on the east side of Spring street between 6th and 7th have sported bright red LADOT hoods. It's a bit of a head-scratcher why, though.

Temporary signs restrict parking between 6pm and 6am Monday and Tuesday, but the meters on Spring are out of service then anyway. The hoods over the meters don't make the spaces illegal for parking, they just eliminate the city's ability to collect revenue on them.

This evening marks the opening of Versus LA.

Several of the meters are outside of Versus, the new club in the Stock Exchange building at 618 S. Spring. The No Parking signs match up with what one would expect for that event, but don't explain the bagged meters.

Even if the bagged meters were intended for today, it would seem the city should rethink its procedures for putting the hoods in place. The meters were bagged on Friday, leaving them out of collection service all day on Saturday.

A search of the City Clerk's site didn't reveal any special event motions that would explain the parking closure, and the city's Public Way Reservation System similarly showed nothing. Today is Columbus Day, so city offices are currently closed.

Update (2pm): Apparently Versus' event for this evening got moved to Elevate Lounge.

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