1961 parking woes at UCLA
February 1961: After all the effort finding a parking spot, UCLA student Mary Ann Harmon, a business major, later can’t locate her car in one of the university’s packed parking lots.
Writer Ray Kovitz reported on the UCLA parking problems in a Feb. 12, 1961, Times Westside Edition story:
WESTWOOD — UCLA officials are hard at work to end “parking by citation.” A daily average of 232 overtime parking tickets are issued on and around the campus. And students are moaning that they have no alternative if they’re ever going to get to class on time.
Last year they paid $26,000 in campus parking fines despite the granting of 10,537 parking passes for various UCLA facilities. There have been instances of potential students failing to sign up for school because they couldn’t find a place to park.
More than 10,000 cars pass through the campus during the day; another 6,000 at night. For this mass of motors, three kinds of parking are available: (1) Lots with parking by permit only and leased on an annual basis to students and faculty, (2) curb parking at the rate of 5 cents an hour with a five-hour maximum, and (3) surrounding streets.
The latter supply is rapidly disappearing as irritated residents band together and petition for a posted time limit on their blocks.
The above photo accompanied Kovitz’s article in the Feb. 12, 1961, edition of The Times.
In 1961, the overtime campus parking fine at UCLA was one dollar.
July 27, 2012, 7:24 am
Gee, looks like this student woke up in American car heaven.
July 30, 2012, 7:44 pm
Looks like a shoot, over towards Gayley Ave. Parking was still a problem, back in the 70's. Not only were permits about $90 a year (I think), but the fines were up to $5. Depending on how lucky you were, sometimes you could rack-up fines of $35 for the entire year, which was cheaper than the permits. The other criteria used, that made these permits possible, was the distance one lived from the campus. The further the ZIP code, the greater the probability of obtaining a permit.
Lord knows, what the permit fees and fines are up to, today.
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