The Radio and TV News Association and councilman Dennis Zine have negotiated 20 parking spaces for media vehicles around City Hall and Parker Center. RTNA president Steve Kindred tells LARadio.com:
"The struggle actually began three years ago when I started hearing complaints from reporters that every time they come to City Hall they were being ticketed/and/or towed away. After 9/11 street parking was re-arranged so that there was absolutely NOWHERE the media could park legally, unless they wanted to lug their equipment several blocks from paid lots down on Alameda Street or elsewhere. Also, the ONLY area where tv live trucks could get line-of-sight to Mt. Wilson was in an area marked, ‘NO PARKING-TOWAWAY ZONE.’ RTNA had to overcome objections from the mayor's office, the Department of Transportation, the Department of General Services, and most city council members to get this done."
By the way, for radio and TV journalists, Thursday is the deadline for entries in the Golden Mike awards.