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LA eases parking restrictions on Election Day

If you’re concerned about finding a legal parking space today when you vote, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says, “don’t worry about it.” KPCC’s John Rabe explains why.

John Rabe: Now, don’t go parking in a handicapped zone or in front of a fire hydrant, but in Los Angeles, you won’t have to put money in the meter or worry about street cleaning rules. Or worry about those bothersome permit parking restrictions in certain neighborhoods.

Saying, “Now there’s one less excuse for not voting,” Mayor Villaraigosa told L.A.’s police and transportation departments to not enforce the usual parking rules on Election Day.

But – and it’s a big but – the city’s only easing those rules within one block of a polling place. So don’t abuse the privilege. No fair hogging a space if your dry cleaner is next to someone else’s polling place.

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