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Los Angeles increases penalties on parking tickets

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The fine for parking at an expired meter will increase to $63, while street cleaning tickets will jump to $73 under a plan approved by the Los Angeles City Council.

All parking fines in the city of Los Angeles will increase at least $5 under a proposal approved today by the Los Angeles City Council, bringing the penalty for an expired parking meter to $63.

Angelenos who forget to move their cars for street cleaning will see tickets increase to $73. Illegally parking in a permit-only spot overnight will now cost $68, while a car left in an anti-gridlock zone during rush hour will leave its driver with a $163 tab.

Parking fines generated $134 million for the city of Los Angeles last year, with about one-third of those fees coming from street-cleaning tickets. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had proposed increasing that $68 fine by $10, but the plan received pushback from city council members who said the fine disproportionately impacted low-income neighborhoods that lack off-street parking.