Parking fees and fines: A tool for promoting more efficient use of limited public parking spaces? Or a greedy attempt by local government to fill its coffers? That pretty much sums up the most opposite points of view about this contentious West Hollywood subject.
But whatever stand one might take (and there certainly are positions in the middle) it is hard not to get a kick out of “Dear Parking Enforcement.” The video was created this summer by Brad Etter and Jourdan Rystrom, a Midwestern videography and songwriting duo who now live in Hollywood, to address what they describe as “the obscene parking ticket industry in Los Angeles.” While it is LA-focused, Rystrom recently emailed WEHOville to suggest it is relevant to West Hollywood as well.
So after you’ve gnashed your teeth and screamed the f-word about that ticket on your windshield in WeHo, take a break and check out this video. Even if, on top of your $58 parking ticket, you’re facing a nearly $200 tow and retrieval charge from Hollywood Tow (the city vendor that is a reliable contributor to the campaigns of WeHo City Council incumbents), we guarantee you’ll get a least a little chuckle. Warning, if you’re at the office you might want to put on headphones to avoid offending officemates with tender ears.
Etter and Rystrom describe their BowJour production group as “a new media movement combining humor, inspiration and style through …high quality videos.” On IndieGoGo.com, a crowd funding site for creative projects where they have launched a fundraising campaign, they say: “Our goal, first and foremost, is to initiate a movement of truth. We draw social and pop culture truths to awareness by creating high quality video content centering around them … From episodic content to epic monthly music videos, we have a ton of intelligent content waiting to come to life.”