Author Archives: JVH

About JVH

John Van Horn is founder, editor and publisher of Parking Today Magazine. His background prior to his decade with PT was nearly 20 years in the parking business marketing parking revenue control equipment. After receiving a BA from UCLA, he served in the Army three years during the Vietnam era, ran a small country weekly newspaper, and then worked in marketing and sales in the access control and security fields. He writes about parking daily and has spoken before professional groups in China, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, Abu Dhabi, and Brazil, He has addressed parking groups in California, Texas, New Mexico, New York, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Washington DC. He has two sons, JT and Andy. JT and his wife, Francine and daughter, Ashley, live in Puyallup, near Seattle, and Andy and his wife, Karen, and daughter, Shing, live in Los Angeles. JVH and wife Robyn live in West Los Angeles with dog, Suki and cat, Brackets

They Have My Credit Card, Why do I have to go back to ‘feed the meter?’

A friend visited San Luis Obispo this past weekend. He decided to have lunch on a wide boulevard where there were a number of restaurants. He used a meter that took credit cards and put an hour and a half … Continue reading

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Disruption — It Seems Like the Term Began This Year

I consider myself fairly well read and ‘on top’ of what is happening in business, but I began to run into the term “disruption” only recently. Perhaps only in the last year. I think its because the term has begun … Continue reading

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“Something I Can’t Imagine Living Without!

Yikes – Mark quotes a survey in a recent PT article here, that 29% of those owning smart phones ‘can’t imagine living without it.” I understand his point, he is telling our industry to get with the program and get … Continue reading

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Really!?!?!? I can’t remember 4 digits?

According to this article, one of the reasons credit card companies are going to chip and signature rather than chip and pin is that we lowly card holders just can’t remember a four digit number.  Really? We can’t remember the … Continue reading

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Parking in Australia Smart and Secure

Secure Parking is a major operator here in Australia. I sat in on their presentation at the Parking Australia Outlook Conference yesterday and was blown technically away. The have developed a parking reservation and loyalty program that as far as … Continue reading

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Parking in OZ

Parking Australia, the professional organization for parking pros here in OZ, really has its act together. Beside picking me to speak before their “outlook” conference this week, they put on a hell of an event.  More than 160 people attended … Continue reading

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I have to do WHAT to get that ticket reversed

There’s construction going on in my neighborhood. They are replacing curbs and gutters, and soon a water main and then the streets.  Chaos reins. The city in its wisdom has told us in writing that there would be no tickets … Continue reading

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12 Ways to….5 ways to…101 ways to…

Everywhere you turn these days there is a list of things to make you life, business, health, or even parking better. On twitter today I got the following: 9 ways to keep prospects interested 5 important metrics every blogger should… … Continue reading

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Alma Mater — Not enough Parking Spaces

I graduated from UCLA, its also home to parking guru Don Shoup. However according to a story snagged by Astrid at parknews.biz, over 1000 students have been placed on a waiting list, some of them seniors. Seems that there are … Continue reading

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Further to Duncan and CivicSmart

News Release from Duncan/CivicSmart Duncan Solutions, Inc. today announced the divestiture of its US-based equipment business, Duncan Parking Technologies, Inc., which provides parking meter and handheld enforcement equipment, to CivicSmart, Inc. Under the terms of the sale agreement, which was … Continue reading

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