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

Jan 24 Last Date to be Listed in PIE 2014 directory!!!

Carol tells me that there are only a few booths left for PIE 2014.  If you are planning to exhibit, you should contact her now.  There are two reasons for that. 1. Be included in the show issue of Parking … Continue reading

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Auditors — Your Business is Changing

I had dinner last night with a parking auditor. His company finds money in parking operations that should be in the bank, and tells owners and operators how to be sure that it gets there. I noted that my experience … Continue reading

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A Handicapped Solution in Chicago

There are over 300,000 disabled permits (blue placards) issued in the Chicago Area. The new rules say that disabled must pay for on street parking, except those that are physically unable to work the parking meters.  Fair enough. But how … Continue reading

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Good Grief — They Couldn’t figure this out?

Seems the city of Scranton, PA, has had a problem. They had a requirement that the parking rules be enforced for 10 hours a day, from 8 to 6. Fair enough. However the local enforcement staff only works 8 hours … Continue reading

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A Post Christmas Message

Time seems to have caught up with me and I didn’t get around to blogging about this greatest of holidays until today. So there. We hear so much about the ‘commercialization of Christmas” and the evils of ‘gift giving’ these … Continue reading

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Portland Says Good Bye to Free Disabled Parking

This is really strange — I don’t know if they are just trying to be PC or really don’t understand the problem but in this article they talk at length about how they are going to begin charging folks who … Continue reading

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Movies for the Holidays The Hobbit and Hunger Games.

Its Christmas time in the city and time to see movies. I have seen two in the past week, one at my behest and one kicking and screaming all the way. Here’s my take. The Hobbit is a must see … Continue reading

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Washington D.C. Tops the Charts with $159 of Parking Ticket Revenue per Citizen

This is a guest blog post by Ryan Neu, Co-founder of TicketZen (www.ticketzen.com), the company that has unified and optimized the way we pay parking tickets. City Officials interested in implementing mobile parking ticket collections in their city can reach … Continue reading

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Chuck Cullen Retires

I have known Chuck for longer than either of us wants to acknowledge. He has been a tireless supporter and a good friend.  Here is his retirement message: After 42+ years of being part of the parking industry, I have … Continue reading

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SF Park is a success, failure, neither, both???

The following letter is circulating from the SFMTA, the Parent of SF Park. I post it in its entirety. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), the agency that manages transportation in the city, established the SFpark pilot, using new … Continue reading

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