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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

Hate 2018 Style

There are, at last count, 328 million people in the US. Keep that number in mind.(Third most populous country on earth.) We are told by our betters that the US has become the most hate ridden, divided place ever in … Continue reading

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I Predict for 2019

At this time of year we are supposed to write stories about the future. I can do that. It’s easy. I can say whatever I want, and a year from now everyone will have forgotten all about it. No one … Continue reading

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And Have the Wisdom to Know the Difference

This blog was first published exactly a year ago. I can’t improve on it. As we head into the New Year, we are supposed to think about where we are going and where we have been. Is it a time … Continue reading

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

It never hurts to be reminded that our personal experience can strongly affect our opinion of new ideas. The other day, UK Correspondent Peter Guest send a summary of activities at the Temecula Parking Group think tank. In it he … Continue reading

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Remembering Christmas

For some reason, this has been a difficult message to write. I mentioned earlier that I am having trouble getting into the Christmas Spirit. Then I received this picture. It was created by our newest staff member Jordan Weiner. I … Continue reading

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Paul Found What’s in it for Him

OK, the expo was over. Paul had survived. When he returned to his desk, he knew the first thing his boss would ask was “was it worth it.” Paul thought so but would his boss. She was often hard to … Continue reading

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Merry ???????

I have noticed that the number of Christmas Cards we have received is way, way down. I suspect that this is because written correspondence in general is down. We just don’t write letters. So why send a card when a … Continue reading

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Suddenly we have a Unicorn – Now What? ParkJockey on the Rise

When one refers to a Unicorn today, its not a mythical horse, but a high tech startup that is now worth over a $billion. It seems we have one of these creatures in the parking industry. Startup (well five year … Continue reading

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That Nasty 30% Cruising for Parking – Now Harper’s Magazine is on the Case

I can’t seem to get away from this number: 30%. That’s what everyone thinks the number of people cruising for parking on any given moment in any given city. But where did that number come from – the answer of … Continue reading

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Parking Industry Expo Slates Unique Changes to Expo Floor

What follows is a shameless plug for PIE — Read it, there’s some good stuff there. JVH Los Angeles, CA – December 11, 2018 – The premiere parking event of 2019 finds itself even more attractive with the exhibit hall … Continue reading

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