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Alhambrans dissatisfied with overnight parking regulations

After a new Alhambra resident received a ticket for parking his oversized U-Haul truck on the street overnight — even after purchasing a parking permit — we asked readers: What do you think about overnight parking in Alhambra and how informed do you feel about the city's regulations?

Out of 91 responses to our poll, half said they were very or somewhat informed about the city's parking regulations, while the other half said they were not very informed or didn't know anything about the rules. When asked about their satisfaction with Alhambra's overnight parking policies, 60 percent said they were not satisfied (results pictured above).

Based on 91 responses.

In anonymous comments on our poll, many readers asked the city to lower the price of overnight parking permits or abolish the regulations altogether. However, one respondent supported the policies, arguing that overnight parking permits keep crime away from city streets. Read what readers had to say below and tell us what you think!

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9 thoughts on “Alhambrans dissatisfied with overnight parking regulations”

  1. We need better enforcements of overnight parking. Some people are getting away with no ticket for taking up parking space for residents.

  2. Boy, this parking regulations are ridiculous. I’ve seen outsiders come into alhambra park their vehicles and receive a ticket simply because they were visiting family, friends or grabbing something to eat at Dennys , and they weren’t aware of this parking rule that alhambra enforces. At the minimum post sign that mention were you’ll be able to purchase a parking pass and provide an address where such passes can be purchased. I can imagine a person leaving alhambra with a sour taste in their mouth after receiving a 53 dollar ticket better yet abolish 5he overnight parking regulation altogether because it’s just another method for the city of alhambra to fleece their residents and visitors of alhambra

  3. I say we get rid of the current council members and hire new police chief. For whatever reason, we should get rid of the whole lot. I am so sick of living in condo land. How many homes can they put on a block, then they want to charge for parking passes because our stupid officials really don’t know how to run a city. And for god sakes, lets vote in a mayor. I hate this rotating thing that we do. All it does is, make are city weak.

  4. It’s joke the city think it can make money in such way by sending someone out to enforce the regulation at (late) night.

  5. I was given a parking citation in Alhambra while legally parked with the paid pass clearly displayed on the driver’s side dashboard. They chose to ticket me because they said I didn’t write my license number on the parking pass. Can you imagine a $53 ticket for this? I will be boycotting all businesses in Alhambra for one year – and they will not get any city tax revenue from me. I will remember this incident and do my best to discourage anyone I know to also boycott Alhambra.

  6. Something that has always struck me as odd about the “PREVENTS CRIME ” argument. Answer me this. Why is not every car that is parked on the street overnight without a permit REPORTED TO THE POLICE? If the ordinance is to prevent crime or blight, why is it that it is a PARKING ENFORCEMENT officer out trolling the streets from 2 am to 6 am? Should not every “SUSPICIOUS” vehicle be reported then investigated? If this were the case, I would not have an issue with the ordinance. My bet is that 1 out of every 100 tickets given to vehicles parked overnight is actually considered a threat. If the ordinance does in fact reduce the amount of cars parked overnight, then it should be pretty managable to investigate every car parked, right? Instead, you get a ticket from a city employee that has absolutely no training in crime prevention. Parking fees are and illegal tax that cities count on for their budget yearly and have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with crime prevention or blight control.


  8. The parking regulations is too excessive, “on ALL public streets.” They are necessary but the city along with its residents should evaluate regulations such as this to consider current trends. There are many areas in the city where it is not necessary, many residential areas that are mostly homes where street parking is not a problem. I think it is necessary in areas where all night parking can be a nuisance or create problems for others, or where there is limited street parking for the number of residents in the immediate area. I live near Story Place Park and for those who may need early morning access, if parking pass was not required, in this heavily populated area, there may be times parking is not available for those early risers who want to reserve tables for that Saturday or Sunday birthday party celebration. As for not allowing a U-Haul truck to park overnight, when there are timing issues and costs of renting those trucks to consider, the city should have some means to allow a 1 to 2 night parking pass. I understand the need to limit large vehicles from parking on the streets overnight, but in our modern world, more people move and the regulations do not accommodate this aspect. As for deferring criminal activity, parking regulations may be helpful in the more heavily populated areas but not necessarily in areas that are not. And, if a criminal wants to commit a crime, parking regulations are not going to deter that type of individual.

  9. I like that there are regulations for parking. Due to the large amount of new comer population for the area, I believe if there are no regulations, the streets will be filled with cars and will inconvenient the near by neighbors. Besides, it is the new comers’ responsibility to find out regulations for the cities they moved to, not the city’s responsibility. There are signs around. Read them.

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