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

LPR Folly? NOT!!!

I got this release from a reader who normally has good input. This time I think we need to give the LPR industry a bit of a benefit of the doubt. The deal is that a woman was pulled over … Continue reading

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Women In Parking – We’ve Come a Long Way…and We’re Just Getting Started

A guest post by Vicki Pero, principal of the Marlyn Group… When Women In Parking became a formal organization in late 2011, there were no guarantees in terms of what the future held.  Since that time, WIP has grown and … Continue reading

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Mike Simmons Returns to T2 as CEO

 From T2:  Indianapolis, IN – May 6, 2014 – The Board of Directors of T2 Systems (T2) and Digital Payment Technologies (DPT) announced today that Mike Simmons, chairman, will take on the additional role of chief executive officer, effective immediately, … Continue reading

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Amnesty – Another Seven Letter Word

Maybe its just me, but when I hear about a city declaring parking ticket amnesty, I get all flustered and irate. The latest is Detroit.  They are going to give a 30% discount to any ticket more than three years … Continue reading

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Parking Even Gets in the “Biggest Sports News of the Decade”

Yes, we are all sick of Donald Sterling and his racist rants and his loss of the LA Clippers. But here is a little tidbit on TMZ Sports that may have made it past your sharp, parking eyes: Donald Sterling … Continue reading

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Paul and Brandy to Toe to Toe and the “gotcha” moment.

In the post below, Paul talks about Boston and the fact that 5% of the tickets are voided administratively. The assumption being that the tickets were improperly written. Brandy points out that in many cases the driver hadn’t displayed a … Continue reading

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Parking Networking in Southern California

April 30, Rush Street Lounge in Culver City… Whitney Taylor of Sentry Control Systems, began her career in the parking industry 2 years ago. After attending a few industry shows and attempting to network at non-industry specific events; she decided … Continue reading

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Come On, POF Suppliers, Let me see what you got!

I wrote this article a week or so ago: http://www.parkingtoday.com/blog/2014/04/ive-been-saying-this-for-years-but-nobody-listens/ Basically I challenged the Pay on Foot/Display/Space equipment manufacturers to show me how they have addressed the five issues that some folks in Seattle have with their equipment. One responded … Continue reading

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David and Goliath

Malcolm Gladwell (author of among others, Tipping Point, Outliers, What the Dog Saw) has a new book out, David and Goliath, Underdogs, Misfits, and the art of Battling Giants. As usual, he’s controversial, outspoken, and is causing quite a stir. … Continue reading

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I’ve been saying this for years, but nobody listens…

Seattle has gone out for a test so I can replace its existing Pay and Display system.  Fair enough. A local online news source “Crosscut.com” happened to have its offices on the street where the test took place and jumped … Continue reading

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