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

Parking Lot Attendants are Human, too

I drove with family and friends to the Independence Day Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl. As I have commented here before, the Bowl is stack parking on steroids. When you are in your are in until the folks in front … Continue reading

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EMV — Crisis or Boondoggle

I dinner last night with a colleague who told me that she thought that the EMV discussions were in her words, a giant boondoggle, much like Y2k. For those of you living in caves, Y2K was a huge problem that … Continue reading

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I thought Texans were Smarter than This

We live in a society (basically everyone on earth) that believes that parking should be free and also hates everyone connected to the parking industry.  OK an overstatement, but you know what I mean. And along comes this: A disabled … Continue reading

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So feel free to ignore them. Oh Brother

Here’s the deal — a blogger in LA wrote a story about parkers being cited when they park at an honor box lot and not paying.  The fellow who got the ticket readily admitted he didn’t pay, but thought the … Continue reading

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Jurassic World

This is a big, blockbuster, wildride type of movie. Lots of great CGI (computer generated imagery for you non-Hollywood types), good guys and bad guys, and good clean gory fun. It seems that big business had built a new theme … Continue reading

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The Morality of a Bribe — Can you say “Portland” or now “Chicago”

Just as the bribee in Portland begins his prison sentence for taking money to send a lucrative contract to a certain parking equipment vendor, it comes out that a similar activity may have happened in Chicago, perhaps involving the same … Continue reading

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Trending – Autonomous Vehicles and Loss of Municipal Revenue

In Parknew’s Trending column, the lead article deals with autonomous vehicles, ie driverless cars. The author sounds the alarm that the natural extension of this phenomena is that a tremendous amount of money is going to be taken from local … Continue reading

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A New Computer – Starting Over – Other Musings

I had a computer blow up the other day. The only way out was to do a total reset which of course lost all my data. Now I had fragmented back up here and there, but bookmarks were gone, and … Continue reading

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Shoup and more Shoup

I know you may be on Shoup overload after our last issue with the Shoup Dogg on the cover and articles from his students and me lauding the professor. Fair Enough. I did attend a reception this past week at … Continue reading

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Parking Technology Today, and Chip Payment Myths Part Deux

Yesterday to stirred up quite a bit of comment, for this blog at least, with a myth versus reality note from Visa on the upcoming integration of chip technology in credit and debit cards that are accepted by parking operations.  … Continue reading

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