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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

Take a look out the Window

Long time readers of this blog know that I love to take the temperature of one issue or another by simply looking around. Weather – Look outside.. Automated Vehicles and electric cars – check out the neighborhood…Is the Metro popular … Continue reading

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A Question and an Answer that Proves I have no Clue

I got a note yesterday from a buddy at UCLA, no not THAT buddy, I have more than one. He was musing on the fact that so much parking in Silicon Valley is surface parking. Considering the extremely valuable land … Continue reading

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Why they Hate us – Reason 4,321- Aren’t we Better than This?

It goes like this. Parker pays fee to park. Places receipt on dash. When door closes, receipt flutters to floor. Enforcement comes by, sees no receipt, has car booted. Cost $75 to have boot removed. Driver shows receipt to everyone … Continue reading

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Parking Authority Vs Law of Unintended Consequences

I was perusing Parknews.biz and found an entry concerning Allentown, PA and my favorite law, that of unintended consequences. It all started when the local parking authority purchased an LPR system to be used as an enforcement tool. Fair enough. … Continue reading

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Social Media and Parking, What a Disaster

The social media headline read: It cost me $920 to have the Barnacle removed from my car, signed babayaga.  OMG  — How unfair – the poor little girl had to pay nearly $1000 to get her car released by the … Continue reading

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Connected People — Rude and Self Involved

Connected cars are one thing, but what about connected people. Have you noticed that most of us simply cannot exist without constantly checking our phones for texts, email, or messages on Instagram The next time you are at a seminar … Continue reading

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“Can I interest you in a Coffee and a Prune Danish?”

I attended a high tech conference at CES earlier this month sponsored by my friends at Arrive and Flowbird. The thrust was autonomous and connected vehicles. Speakers ranged from an “evangelist” from Amazon who discussed moving Alexa seamlessly from your … Continue reading

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Home for the Holidays

Parking Today is taking a breather for the holiday season. Although we are officially at work, our response may be a tad slower than normal. We are still staffing the phones, but certain days less than others. Christmas falling on … Continue reading

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Focus — on Christmas

Focus – That’s my issue – I’m having a difficult time focusing on work. This time of year is a time of change with distractions everywhere. First of all, Its cold. Cold for Los Angeles, not cold for Minneapolis. Its … Continue reading

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Explosive Creativity

This time of year, I begin to think about the future. I’m not sure why, I can barely deal with today, but its probably due to the New Year. We seem obsessed with what is going to happen. I guess … Continue reading

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