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

If I had a Hammer Part Deux

I know, I know, “If I had a Hammer” was made popular in 1963 by Trini Lopez. It was a major hit. Peter Paul and Mary made it a standard in their concerts. It was also sung by the Weavers … Continue reading

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If I had a Hammer

When Pete Seeger and Lee Hayes wrote this folk song over seventy years ago, they were attempting to promote a Communist event being held in New York. The song was banned in some quarters because of the event where it … Continue reading

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Does Technology Remove the “Welcome”

Astrid and I spent an hour and a half with Michelle Horton the Director of Parking and Transportation Services at the University of Nevada, Reno last week. This woman knows her stuff. Her job, as she sees it, is to … Continue reading

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What Kind of a Place is This?

We spent a few days in this beautiful city last week. It was an eye opening experience. Reno, a city of a quarter of a million people, is crisp, clean, and modern. It has the fun and games of Las … Continue reading

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My favorite law

The law of unintended consequences it the only law that cannot be changed or repealed. Like laws of physics, it simply is. The law of unintended consequences, often cited but rarely defined, is that actions of people, and especially of … Continue reading

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The Nudge

The homeless needs a nudge. That nudge depends on the reason for the homelessness. I see that there are three basic types of homelessness. One are those that simply cannot find a job and would work if they could, but … Continue reading

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Life is a series of choices

I see where the city of Los Angeles is moving some of the homeless, probably away from view. I’m not sure what good it will do. As I was eating my breakfast I was looking out the restaurant window at … Continue reading


In Two Sentences or Less…

I firmly believe that if you cannot describe what your company does in two sentences, you don’t fully understand what you are about. Maybe its ego. Maybe its lack of understanding. Maybe its simply that you are verbose. Perhaps you … Continue reading

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Trust but Verify

I was reading through Parknews.biz this morning and came across a story Astrid put up concerning false QR codes and how they can lead you to fake web sites and phish your hard earned bucks. You can read about it … Continue reading

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Do You Know Everything?

I am in awe of people who tell me they know everything about self-promotion. In fact I’m in awe of people who tell me they know everything about anything. Mainly because my BS detector goes into overtime and I know, … Continue reading

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