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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

Merry Christmas, for Pete’s Sake.

I visited a friend at a major corporation last week. When she walked into the lobby to greet me she said “happy holidays”  I responded “Merry Christmas.”  The receptionist said under her breath, but loud enough for all to hear … Continue reading

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$25 an hour, on street…

I also saw this story  as I was perusing parknews.biz.  Seems the city dads and moms in Brisbane in the land of OZ are giving the first 15 minutes at a parking meter for free. They were told that it … Continue reading

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Should On Street Parkers Pay by the Foot? The Donald Thinks So!

Don Shoup is at it again. We ran an article in Parking Technology Today in October which was scheduled for his “Access” magazine.  We titled it “Can Policy make Parking Meters More Attractive. Today, Astrid has blasted it all over … Continue reading

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Technology is King, Until the Emperor puts on his new Clothes…

Technology is King.  We know that with the right technology theft and error will go away and yes, we will have a perfect industry. In fact we are there today. NO WAIT!!! The headlines over the past weekend seem to … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving???

How can we possibly have a happy Thanksgiving. The world is aflame — Ebola is still killing in Africa, the murders in the Middle east don’t stop, China is on the move, Russia is invading, Europe is an economic basket … Continue reading

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The 3M conundrum – Why?

I have been receiving input from across the globe concerning 3M’s decision to close its parking division after only about 18 months in the business. The comments go from : 3M never wanted the parking business in the first place, … Continue reading

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3M Shutters Parking Division – What Was Federal APD is no more.

3M announced today that it has made the decision to close its parking manufacturing operation. The company said that it would ship product to its Value Added Resellers (Dealers) through approximately the first three months of 2015 and would honor … Continue reading

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T2 Puts on 4 Day Affair for 400

I was in Indianapolis Today and dropped by the T2 System’s “Connect 2014″ annual four day extravaganza and as usual, I was impressed. The company invites its customers to come to the event to receive training and to join in … Continue reading

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Two Reasons the NPA Show was “buzzing”

There seems to be no question that the NPA Convention and Trade event last week was a grand success. Numbers were up, exhibitors were smiling, and there was an ‘energy’ on the trade show floor. “This is the best NPA … Continue reading

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NPA Las Vegas 2014 – They hit the Jackpot

Wow!  Christine Banning and her team have done it again. The NPA Convention this week at Caesars in Las Vegas is a thundering success. Over 1100 parking pros on site and 120 exhibitors.  The NPA has hit the jackpot here … Continue reading

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