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League Opposes State’s Attempt to Manage Local Parking Needs

AB 2586 Passes Assembly Transportation Committee, Moves to Assembly Local Government Committee

April 6, 2016
Parking has long been one of local government’s core responsibilities and functions.
 
Its regulation is a matter of fundamental local land use planning in areas of high parking concentration. With AB 2586 (Gatto), the state seeks to manage local parking regulations with a permanent extension of a 2013 law that prevented local governments from ticketing cars parked at broken meters and adds new state requirements to local parking policies. The League on Monday, April 4, testified in opposition to AB 2586 in the Assembly Transportation Committee.

The Issue
 
Assembly Member Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) AB 61 of 2013 narrowly targeted broken parking meters; by prohibiting local agencies from ticketing cars at broken meters. The bill will sunset at the end of 2016 and AB 2586 would make this permanent; something the League believes is unnecessary or premature at best. Broken meters represent just a fraction of all parking meters, making this issue an unusual candidate for statewide policy. In addition, the initial responses to a League survey of its members indicate that cities have experienced a significant increase in meter vandalism in the two years since the law’s implementation.
 
Unlike AB 61, AB 2586 goes well beyond the limitations imposed on local government authority to regulate its own parking needs, such as street sweeping, valet arrangements with local business, the type of technology that can be utilized, and its ability to contract with private parking enforcement.
 
Cities are best equipped to regulate their own parking needs. In fact, many small cities throughout the state do not have any parking meters and many of the larger cities are moving towards some of the technology called for in this bill without legislation. Cities continue to demonstrate their willingness to adapt to their residents’ parking needs and there is no reason for the state to insert itself into this core local issue.
 
Next Steps
 
Double referred to the Assembly Local Government Committee, the League is asking member cities to weigh in on the measure. The bill will likely be set for a hearing in Assembly Local Government on April 20 and cities are encouraged to send a letter of opposition.
 
A sample letter that member cities can use, as well as the League’s opposition letter and the bill text itself can be found on the League’s website at www.cacities.org/billsearch. Plug in AB 2586 into the search function to access the materials.
 
The League will notify members when the bill’s next hearing will be. If the bill passes out of committee, then it will move on to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.


 
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