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 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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Parking Becomes a part of our Culture

It seems strange to me, but it must be true. NPR did a short piece on what the first questions are when strangers meet. It seems that it depends on where the meeting took place.  In New York City, its … Continue reading

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Marc Pens a Book

I received the following from Marc Slavin, President of DC’s Marcpark. Seems he has written a book. I immediately ordered it and will let you know what I think.   After spending over 40 years in the parking industry, gaining … Continue reading

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Oh Brother — Please read post before you call me

On April 1 — That in itself should give you a hint — I wrote a blog. It was about rumors I heard at various shows I attended in March. YOu can find the post here: http://www.parkingtoday.com/blog/2014/04/rumors-run-wild-at-pie-and-intertraffic/ Most of the … Continue reading

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Editor Takes Extreme Career Risk..Women Take Over PT

Coming in June. An entirely different Parking Today. A famous radio host calls letting his audience set the topics for his show an ‘extreme career risk.’ Well I am doing something similar in PT June. I am having nothing to … Continue reading

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