A parking meter ticket will cost you about $58.00. Most of the newer installed meters now even have access for credit card payments and a little red sticker attached stating you WILL receive a ticket if parked at a broken meter. So now there is no need to wait for a broken meter to become available or even vandalize the meter yourself to avoid putting in a few quarters.
There is no 5 minute grace period before being cited. Yes it is a violation if the parking area states a "2 hour parking limit" and you stay for 3 hours. The time limits are monitored by chalk to the tires or marking the position of the valve stem on the tires. What's really crazy is the law on the books prevents someone else from depositing change into another persons meter. Yes, it's a violation but try to find a police officer that even knows the section. It's very likely it won't happen, so if you want to be a " Good Samaritan," I think you have a good chance of getting away with it.
No one wants to return from dinner or a movie and find a ticket placed on the front windshield. There are a lot of options to avoid a potential ticket including walking in this pedestrian friendly community. We also have a few multi-story parking structures all within walking distance in the NoHo Arts District. And finally it's always free to park your bike in the area and there is no need to ever worry about getting a ticket. You just have to hope your bike will be there when you return.
Senior Lead Officer - NoHo Arts Area
North Hollywood Division -