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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

Another Reason to Buy a Tesla

My friend down the street (who owns the Tesla and the Porsche) took her daughter to a local shopping mall on Christmas Eve to pick up a last minute gift. She took the Porsche. Naturally the parking lot was jammed. … Continue reading

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What do you do when the homeless call?

There was a knock on our door last night. It was a homeless woman asking for a blanket. At first we said no, but then I ran out and gave her a blanket.  It was Christmas, after all. The next … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

My tendency when writing about Christmas is to talk about it as seen through the eyes of a child. A time of magic, a time of wonder, a time of blessings, of mangers, of flying reindeer, of a farmer’s animals, … Continue reading

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The Force Awakens

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away… When the “Lucasfilm’ logo appears on the screen, followed by the Star Wars logo and John Williams’ title theme, those of us who saw the original three when they came … Continue reading

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PT Rules — Here’s what’s coming

There’s a new sheriff in town and she cracks a mean whip. We are planning ahead and here’s what you will see over the next quarter in Parking Today: See you in the pages of Parking Today.

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I Don’t Work with Kids or Pets

I just completed a webinar for Women in Parking. I was joined by Kathleen Laney and we discussed the pros and cons of social media and its effect on our industry. Kathleen knocked down a number of myths about social … Continue reading

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Passion is First

Reading Kathleen Laney’s blog on lessons learned is inspiring.  I have to commend her on  having passion for what you are doing first on the list. If you have passion about your job, or any task, you will succeed and … Continue reading

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When a law is passed, who is affected?

I have been musing for some time about who is affected. I think I have come up with a way to communicate it. The Problem:  Why does the government, any government, at any level, run by any political party, pass … Continue reading

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The Electric Car — Am I going Schizo?

I visited GreenTech Automotive last month.  Here are a few musings after that trip: “Coming to work at GreenTech Automotive is a life changing event.” Senior Director of Operations Steven Richardson is proud of his new factory and his staff. … Continue reading

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The Turkey is in the Oven

At our house, the job of cooking the turkey is mine. I also make the stuffing. Mine is a rather “kitchen sink” stuffing with sausage, apples, celery, mushrooms (cooked in wine), raisins, pickle relish, chopped onion, all in a bread … Continue reading

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