The owner of the City Body shop in downtown Culver City, California, has told ABC News that Mayor Ed Lee, a Democrat, should have done more to enforce the law against people parking on city streets, but that the city has gotten away with it because “the politicians are too scared to do anything.”
In a phone interview with ABC News’ David Shuster, Tony Almonte said he had been a regular customer of the city’s City Body for three years, and that Lee had not enforced parking laws.
“He just did not enforce the laws,” Almontesa said.
“The city has to go out and enforce the rules that they have for parking.”
Lee, who has been mayor since 2013, has been criticized for failing to enforce parking laws, including a requirement that all city vehicles be parked within 5 feet of a sidewalk.
Last month, the city announced that it would add another $4 million to a parking enforcement fund for 2018.
But the fund is expected to be $1 million less than expected.
“What I’m going to say is that we’re going to go in there and enforce those parking rules that we have and we’re gonna have a hard time enforcing the laws that we do have,” Lee said during a City Body tour in October.
“You can’t go around with your car in the street and do whatever you want.”
Almonta said the mayor had been criticized by many people for not enforcing parking rules, especially after the city passed a law requiring that vehicles parked on city property be in a parking lot by 8 p.m.
City officials did not respond to requests for comment on the incident.