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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

Guess who Just Turned 40

Can you believe it. Raiders of the Lost Arc, Steven Spielberg’s and George Lucas’ blockbuster adventure opened in theaters 40 years ago this past weekend. How does that make you feel? There can be no question that this movie changed … Continue reading

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People Who Pay No Price for Being Wrong

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decision than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong. …..Thomas Sowell

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What you Will Miss at PIE 2021 – If you Don’t attend

Technology Big Data and Parking LPR Electric Vehicle Charging RFID PCI DSS – Are you Compliant. How to Buy it – You can pay too much or too little Merging on Street and Off-Street Tech The Curb – Operations Virtual … Continue reading

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No Parking, Cities Rethink Parking with Fewer Personal Cars.

I know, I know – I’m a contrarian.  Someone says up, I say down. Someone say white, I say black. I get this from being right so many times. (No arrogance there). My contrarian roots got tickled by an article … Continue reading

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Here are 21 more reasons to Attend PIE 2021

21 more industry experts who will be speaking at PIE 2021 Brandy Stanley, City of Las Vegas Dale Denda, Parking Market Research Company Sagy Amit, Red LPR, John Whiteman, Omniq, Katherine Beaty, TEZ Jordan Justus, Automotus Mark Frumar, SpotParking David … Continue reading

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Here are 26 reasons to come to PIE 2021

Kevin Uhlenhaker, Omnipark Connor Owen, Park Mobile Peter Elliott, City of Ft. Worth Julie Dixon, Dixon Resources Unlimited Brett Wood, Wood Solutions Group Commander Caleb Davis, City of Paso Robles Police Department Parking Manager Donna King, City of Paso Robles … Continue reading

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The Land of the Free, Because of the Brave

I literally tripped over this headline, written in chalk in the street near our home. The neighbor kids were celebrating Memorial Day and left the message for the rest of us. Memorial Day is a time to remember. A time … Continue reading

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Cruella… A Fab way to go back to the Movies   

Disney’s Cruella is a fun movie. But you can’t take is as a true prequal to 101 Dalmatians. Its more like 101 Dalmatians meets the Devil Wears Prada. You need to forget everything you knew about Cruella di Vil and … Continue reading

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Let’s Face It. We’re Back

I’m aware there are a few pockets of Covid Virus here and there and certainly we must be mindful of those who aren’t vaccinated or are in the demographic that covers those who are potentially in danger from the disease … Continue reading

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Email, Texts and the Loss of Conversation

Someone in the vast PT organization had to cancel a meeting the other day. She sent out an email cancelling the meeting and set off a deluge of emails (9 in total) all of which were filled with “OK”, “I … Continue reading

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