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

Mea Culpa

Editor’s note: Sometime-PT Correspondent Jeff Pinyot, President of Eco Parking Lights, posted a commentary on the IPI website (Parking Matters: The Blog) that piqued my curiosity. He seems to, relatively successfully, hold both sides of a controversy. Here’s his blog … Continue reading

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Is All Parking Local?

The late great Tip O’Neill, political powerhouse from Massachusetts, claimed that all politics were local. He had a point. people tend to vote their pocketbooks and there is nothing more local than your bank account. I attended a local parking … Continue reading

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Dennis Quinn

We have received word that Dennis Quinn, longtime parking fixture in the Chicago area, passed away on August 16 after a long illness.  He was a senior member of the management team at System Parking, and became a VP at … Continue reading

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JerkTech — What’s that all about?

Tech Crunch coined a new term, JerkTech. according to them: “All of these apps are essentially tools for scalping a public good or open resource. They don’t deserve to take something that’s supposed to be free and first come, first … Continue reading

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Central’s Jim Bond, Dead at 72

I have known Jim Bond for over 30 years. I can’t say we were close, but Jim was always friendly. He worked at many levels at Central, but except for the first decade of his 41 years there, he was … Continue reading

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When is a Monkey not a Monkey

Our Cover this month show a “monkey” parking a car. OK, photoshop is wonderful, it’s our fauna challenged art department and editorial staff that can’t tell the difference between a monkey and a chimpanzee. Apologies to Hominidae, or the “Great … Continue reading

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Cooptition — Never Heard of it — You Will!!!

Every so often I come across a term of which I am unfamiliar. Typically I nod sagely and then run to Google to see what’s what. In this case its Cooptition: Cooperative competition. Practice where competitors work with each other … Continue reading

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A Good Article on Sensor and App Technology NOT!!!

When Astrid posted this article from “Cult of Mac” a Bay Area Blog on Parknews.biz I was excited.  Wow, something that worked and worked well.  The Title was catchy: “This app will guide you to parking, and may get you … Continue reading

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On the Green Level…

Sometime PT correspondent Jeff Pinyot wrote a blog for the IPI site which peaked by curiosity. He seems to relatively successfully hold both sides of a controversy. Here’s the blog in toto — and my comments following: If you want … Continue reading

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I’ll Bet they don’t ask me back….

My presentation before the World Parking Symposium last week in Tel Aviv went well.  So well, there were no questions.  I guess I just did a super job.  I also did something that most likely ‘isn’t done’ in these circles…I … Continue reading

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