Meet the Meters

The city of West Hollywood has installed seven new parking meters along Sunset Boulevard at Sunset Plaza that permit patrons to pay with coins, credit or debit card, or even cell phones.

"Part of what we'd like to see is higher revenues and lower citations," said Oscar Delgado, the city's parking manager.

The high-tech meters, which are common in areas of Canada and Europe, aren't set up at each parking space. Instead, there is one meter to about four spaces, with each space numbered with paint on the curb. Parkers find the nearest meter and coordinate their time and number. They can add more parking time without returning to their car via cell phone. Or for a nominal fee can request a text message reminder when the meter is about to run out.

The meters cost between $7,000 and $10,000. "They are a more costly alternative but it is far more parking friendly," Delgado said.

Both Pasadena and Beverly Hills have tested and failed the meters. "They had issues that they brought to our attention," said Delgado. The Beverly Hills machines, for example, accepted paper bills which would get wet or otherwise damaged and jam the machine.

So far the WeHo trial has been successful, Delgado said. The city is passing out surveys to gauge response to the new devices, and the results could determine if the meters stay or go.
Sarah Filus

Van Nuys Verit & #233;
There's been a documentary about a murder at a Rolling Stones concert, a documentary about the Columbine massacre even a documentary about a guy who ate nothing but McDonald's fare for several months. So why not a documentary about the Van Nuys airport?

Brian Terwilliger's "One Six Right" premieres June 25 at the Hollywood Pacific Theatre. The film, named after pilots' pronunciation of the airport's main runway "16R," never strays from its subject. "The main character is the airport itself," he said.

The filmmaker has loved aviation since he was five and got his pilot's license at 19 at Van Nuys, of course. He interviewed several prominent pilots for the film, including actor-director-producer Sydney Pollack, who learned to fly at the airport in the 1960s and continues to fly his private jet there regularly; pilot Clay Lacy, who did aerial photography for "Top Gun"; action star Lorenzo Lamas; and news anchors Paul Moyer and Hal Fischman.

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