In a four to one vote the City Council has given the green light for a parking study to gather data on the situation on Farragut Avenue. Grace Lutheran Church, the immediate neighbor on Overland Avenue, has been seeking to change to parking restrictions on the nearby street, which are among the most stringent in the city.
Grace Lutheran Evangelical Church, which dates back to the 1940s, was constructed without a parking lot, forcing parishioners to leave their cars on nearby streets.
Only vehicle owners with parking permits are allowed to park on Farragut Drive, the only street with restrictions during the week.
The church asked the city to change the street’s parking into two-hour increments from Monday to Saturday. According to NBC LA, residents are fighting the church to make sure that does not happen. “I think some people are expressing their ‘not in my backyard’ attitude,” said Brian Mark, a parishioner.
Les Greenberg and his wife Paulette, who have lived on Farragut Drive for four decades, have battled the city for years to keep Farragut a permit-only street.
“We’ve all grown old together, we’re senior citizens. Why can’t the city just let us enjoy our golden years?” Les said.
“We feel it’s our right to have peaceful enjoyment of our property,” Paulette said.