July 13, 2009

Will They Be Towed At Last?

no parking sign, photo by Rosemary West © 2009A long stretch of Topanga Canyon Boulevard has received temporary no parking signs so that some kind of road work can be done. One section in particular has become notorious for the illegal signs that the city allows to park here. This morning, most of the signs had been removed. Someone had placed the no-parking signs prominently on the two that remained, probably hoping that the city really will enforce regulations and tow them away. We'll see what happens.

illegal sign, photo by Rosemary West © 2009 illegal sign, photo by Rosemary West © 2009

When I stopped to photograph them, I noticed that the license plates had been removed from both the trailers. Photographs taken in December reveal that these trailers did have license plates at one time. Without the plates, it will be difficult to identify the owners when -- or rather if -- the trailers are towed to make way for the road work. One can only hope that this will represent a meaningful financial loss to the scofflaws who put them here.

Yes, I photographed these same signs in December, six months ago. Despite repeated complaints by local residents to both Parking Enforcement and the Bureau of Street Services, the city will not do anything about this ever-worsening problem. Here you can see the weeds that have grown up around the anchor of one of the trailers, and one of the spider webs that is decorating the other one.

weeds near illegal sign, photo by Rosemary West © 2009   spider web on illegal sign, photo by Rosemary West © 2009

By the way, Carmen Trutanich, who claimed to oppose illegal signs and promised to enforce regulations against them as part of his campaign for city attorney, was sworn into office July first. It will be interesting to see if anything will actually change.


  1. When I drove by earlier this afternoon, both signs were gone. Now I wonder how long it will be before all the same old illegal signs return to this spot, and whether or not anyone will do anything about it.

  2. I saw a lady of the evening working the street there ... Considering the state of the economy, she wass wearing a sign: "Zero Percent Interest ... "

  3. I'm sorry to report that several of the signs have returned, now that the street work is completed. For now, I suggest that we simply refuse to do business with companies that violate our neighborhoods like this, and let them know.

  4. It's ironic that a "security" company would think they can drum up business by violating the law this way. With such disrespect for the neighborhood, I certainly wouldn't feel that I could trust them for protection.


If you are a real person making a real comment, your comment will appear after moderation. Thank you for your patience.