Date: 6/29/20 8:09 pm
From: Naresh Satyan <naresh.satyan...>
Subject: Re: [LACoBirds] Calabasas Hooded Warbler - Parking Warning
Hi Dick, all

I share some of your frustration about many public spaces not being easily
accessible (or completely inaccessible in some cases) because of parking

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...>

> 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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