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Supervisor Looks to Get Veterans Parking Privileges

Supervisor Michael Antonovich is encouraging cities throughout the county to opt into the provisions of legislation that exempts military veterans from paying for metered parking.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich is encouraging cities throughout the county to opt into the provisions of legislation that exempts military veterans with specialized license plates from paying for metered parking.

Antonovich serves the city of La Verne.

The issue has been placed on this week’s County Supervisor’s board meeting agenda, scheduled for Nov. 7. The usual Tuesday meeting will be held Wednesday due to Tuesday's elections, county officials said.

The legislation, known as AB 190, exempts those with specialized license plates to park at metered parking without having to feed the meters, officials said. The plates recognized are:

  • Pearl Harbor Survivor
  • Legion of Valor
  • Former American Prisoner of War (POW)
  • Congressional Medal of Honor
  • Purple Heart

“Each year thousands of men and women join our nation’s military to serve their country and protect our freedom” according to a motion made by Antonovich. “The contributions and sacrifices of these brave soldiers are vital in maintaining the freedoms and way of life enjoyed by Americans and people around the world. Sadly, some of our brave soldiers come home with life altering injuries and others pay the ultimate price, giving their lives in defense of freedom.”

Assemblywoman Karen Bass authored the bill in 2008.

Dr. James Swartz November 11, 2012 at 04:42 PM
other than those who earned the purple heart, the number of county residents who qualify in the other four categories is but a handful and of course diminishing in numbers given that those who survived pearl harbor attacks and POW camps that ended decades ago are passing on. nice idea but it affects few.
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