Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative said the recently released budget relies too much on parking fines to generate additional revenue for the city. The budget calls for the city to hire 50 additional parking enforcement officers, which is expected to collect more fines.
Parking fines start at $58, but should be capped at $25, the average hourly wage of a Los Angeles resident, the group says.
Garcetti's office defends his proposal, saying that parking enforcement officers will help with other duties, such as monitoring special events and traffic control.
The group, organized by the man who helped put a stop to red light camera tickets, hopes to develop a ballot initiative for next year.