Perhaps the most unpopular move a Los Angeles elected official can make is increasing parking fines. And yet, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is proposing to make that move for the sixth time.The mayor says that a $10 hike in parking fines will help make a dent in the city’s $238 million budget deficit, the Los Angeles Times reports.
However, Donald Shoup, professor of urban planning at UCLA, told The Huffington Post that the mayor’s plan unfairly punishes the wrong people.
The city should implement progressive parking fines rather than increase the cost for everyone, Shoup said. With progressive parking fines, the first offensive fine would stay the same and each subsequent ticket cost would increase.