Police Defend Enforcement of Overnight Parking

A South Pasadena resident expressed concern over a perceived lack of enforcement of  overnight-parking rules in the city in a note to the Review’s Facebook page last week — but police reported that enforcement is regularly carried out, with 20 to 30 citations per night.

“Many good residents buy overnight tags or yearly stickers but SPPD never enforces it because they claim they are understaffed?” the Facebook post noted. The resident shared concerns that overnight parking was “never enforced” and noted that several new neighbors have avoided purchasing permits due to feelings that enforcement is not carried out.

The letter went on to state that “there have been four stolen cars dumped in my area in the last few years and it literally took months to get them ticketed and towed away. No one listened to us.”

Overnight parking permits are required in South Pasadena if residents and/or their guests plan to park on the street longer than 30 minutes between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., according to the city’s website.

According to SPPD Corporal Craig Phillips, overnight parking permits cost $2 each night, $30 for a month and $123 for a year. Annual permits have a reduced price of $98 per year per vehicle for senior citizens 65 years and older.

Phillips said that one parking control officer is dedicated to overnight parking enforcement between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. during the week. On nights the parking control officer is off, “police officers may cover overnight parking enforcement on weekends,” he told the Review.

He noted that there has been a “large decrease” in citations for overnight parking due to many people purchasing annual overnight permits. On average, he said, about 20 to 30 citations are issued per night.

If a resident observes vehicles parking overnight without a permit, Phillips recommends they call the city’s non-emergency dispatch line at (626) 403-7270 and request overnight parking enforcement on any street within the city.

“This resident proactive action occurs quite frequently,” said Phillips.

Permits may be purchased online at southpasadenaca.gov or in person at the police department located at 1422 Mission St.