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New parking meters among changes to fix collection woes, Transportation Department says


The city's Transportation Department said it agrees with the "findings and recommendations" of an audit showing the agency does not have an accurate inventory of its parking meters and does not have the right controls in place to ensure all collections are being made.

"We've already implemented many of the recommendations and have replaced most of the older meters with new 'Card and Coin' meters and pay stations that automatically advise if service is required," the department said in a statement. "Additionally, the Department is looking at collection frequencies to maximize efficiency."

Released Thursday morning, the audit by City Controller Wendy Greuel, a possible mayoral candidate, also showed that the department "spends a substantial amount of money on faulty scanning devices that are used to track the revenue from parking meters," according to a news release.

"In these current economic times we need to make sure that the City gets every penny it is owed," Greuel said.

The release of the audit was the last in a series of three recent investigations into practices and policies within the Transportation Department.


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Photo: The old coin meters have been replaced by new ones that not only accept credit cards but can send text messages to your phone. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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