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No Small Change

Ever wonder how many quarters, dimes and nickels motorists drop into city parking meters, or just how the money is spent? In the seven Los Angeles City Council districts that encompass all or part of the Westside, slightly more than $17.5 million was plugged into parking meters from July 1, 1990, to June 30, 1991. The money, which is funneled into special funds, must be spent on traffic control or parking-related items within those districts. Money that is unspent remains in the special fund for future use. The following is a breakdown of money collected for period that ended June 30. District: 2nd (Councilman Joel Wachs) includes areas south of Hollywood Freeway between Lankershim Boulevard and Mulholland Drive Number of meters: 871 Total collected: $1.2 million Amount spent during year: $128,154, including $82,200 for meter maintenance District: 4th (Councilman John Ferraro) includes Wilshire Miracle Mile area, Hancock Park and Koreatown Number of meters: 4,337 Total collected: $1.9 million Amount spent during year: $1.2 million, including $637,743 for leasing a 172-space parking ructure at 218 N. Larchmont Blvd. District: 5th (Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky) includes Westwood, Rancho Park and Fairfax-Olympic area Number of meters: 6,243 Total collected: $5.6 million Amount spent during year: $2.8 million, including $1.9 million for the purchase of land for a parking lot at Pico Boulevard and Midvale Avenue District: 6th (Councilwoman Ruth Galanter) includes Crenshaw-Slauson area, Venice and Mar Vista Number of meters: 1,073 Total collected: $713,345 Amount spent during year: $171,308, including $57,434 for the maintenance of existing meters District: 10th (Councilman Nate Holden) includes Palms, Pico-Robertson and West Adams areas Number of meters: 2,692 Total collected: $1.1 million Amount spent during year: $407,702, including $139,139 for the maintenance of existing meters and the installation of new ones on a lot at Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue District: 11th (Councilman Marvin Braude) includes Pacific Palisades, Brentwood and Sawtelle area Number of meters: 5,062 Total collected: $3.8 million Amount spent during year: $1.4 million, including $650,000 for installation of new automated traffic signals in the district District: 13th (Councilman Michael Woo) includes Hollywood and Los Feliz Number of meters: 4,511 Total collected: $3.2 million Total collected: $3.2 million, including $2.7 million for the purchase of land at Cherokee Avenue near Hollywood Boulevard for a 400-space parking lot


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