I share some of your frustration about many public spaces not being easily accessible (or completely inaccessible in some cases) because of parking restrictions.
That said, when I went to look for this bird, I did see a No Parking sign at or near the intersection of Piuma road and Las Virgenes/Malibu canyon road, though a couple of cars were parked there. The signage is not obvious. I decided not to park there and look for another spot. The only obviously legal place I could find to park in the area is the Piuma trailhead parking lot of the Malibu creek state park ($3 per hour). This lot is about 0.2 miles south of the intersection. It is not surprising that the park rangers want to encourage people to pay and park there, and I imagine that lot can get full on weekends.
-- Naresh Satyan Pasadena, CA
On Mon, Jun 29, 2020, 4:02 PM Richard J. Norton <richardjnorton...> wrote:
> The previously reported Hooded Warbler along the Backbone Trail, slightly > west of the rear of the California Wildlife Center was present Sunday > afternoon. It was singing, high in trees, on and off from the time of my > arrival at 13:30. In spite of serious looking toward where the sound was > coming from, it took an hour before a few-second look was obtained that > visually confirmed the identification. > > The Backbone Trail entrance is not easy to see while driving, but goes > south from Piuma Road, almost across the street from the west end of a > tennis court. > > As mentioned by others, the large (would-be) parking lots near the > Backbone Trail are clearly marked with *No Parking* signs. As suggested, > I parked in a lot at the southeast corner of Piuma Road and Las Virgenes > Road, with a number of other cars, where there was no sign in the lot, and > walked an additional 1/4 mile each way to the trail entrance. > > Upon my return to the car, I was surprised to find a parking ticket on the > front windshield, marked "ILLEGAL PARKING WHERE POSTED." There was a ticket > on the other remaining car in the lot as well, but none visible on the > food-vendor's cart that was doing business with other stopped (and of > course parked while doing business) vehicles. The ticket was issued by > California State Parks. > > There is no apparent reason for the large lots closer to the Backbone > Trail to be marked *No Parking, *other than to make access to the > Backbone Trail difficult from Piuma Road. I see no value to society for > having State Park "Rangers" even issuing parking tickets to people parked > in these lots marked No Parking, but consider it outrageous that they do so > in a lot not marked, and clearly used by many. > > If there was an actual desire to stop parking in the lot, they could have > at least had a sign saying so. Previous behavior by State Park personnel > strongly suggests the ticketing at no-sign or hidden-sign areas is a > conscious effort to raise money, and likely justify categorizing park > rangers as being "law-enforcement officers" entitled to future state-funded > stratospheric retirement benefits. > > For instance, at Point Dume, there are only a few spaces in the small, > elaborately constructed, parking lot. But in past years, cars also parked > along the road south of this lot. A few years ago, upon return from a > sea-watch, there was a State Park Ranger giving tickets to all the cars > parked there. There were no signs at all, and there was no problem with > traffic passing the line of parked cars. The ranger had not reached my car > yet, so I left only feeling sorry for those with tickets. Note that since > then, someone has at least installed *No Parking* signs. Note that > birders can park on a street about 1/4 mile northwest of the small lot, and > walk. > > On Entrada Road, outside Topanga State Park, many cars are typically > parked along the north side. There is an overgrown driveway leading into > the park with a difficult to see *No Parking* sign. On most weekends, > people don't see the sign and park there. Rangers enhance their value to > society by issuing tickets. If there was a real desire to stop parking, > placement of visible signs would likely work, but it appears that the easy > money would disappear, and law-enforcement-officer need would be reduced. > Birders thinking of parking there should be cautious. > > In summary - > > There appears to be no place to park near the Piuma Road entrance to the > Backbone Trail. Since a number of birders have parked where I did, and did > not receive tickets, it appears that the area is infrequently patrolled. > Take your chances if you care to. > > Beware of parking in places where you don't see *No Parking* signs > anywhere near State Parks > > Dick Norton > Topanga, CA > > > > >
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