I'm a software engineer, social entrepreneur, elected official in Koreatown, and an introvert. I have wide range of interests as a spend most of my time learning new subjects or working on new projects rather than going out.
Most of my time is spent building program, features, partnerships and business development with K-Parking, LLC. On spare time I do consultation and development focused on web app development.
Living in Koreatown is hard enough when parking is hard to come by. You often need the car to run errands, groceries, get food, and do so much more after work. While walking is the best way to do things in Koreatown it might not be the best choice. Leaving your parking spot will mean you’ll spend minutes or hours finding parking again.
We first had the idea of buying a fleet of vehicles so we can use and have available at all hours in Koreatown. The more we thought about it and the more we research we understood that we’d create emissions that would hurt our community. We went from bus to hybrid to electric vehicles. The simple choice was to buy electric vehicles which we could use in Koreatown but some vehicles didn’t provide the necessary infrastructure.
We’ve finally decided on the idea of a solution that uses only electric vehicles. We have a subscription to BlueLA, later we will be purchasing electric Mini Coopers until the subscription to Canoo is available in 2021. We have opportunities to get grants for electric vehicles but these vehicles need to work for the community.
Commercial vehicles are not able to park on public property which is why we will also use our own parking spots. We additionally will enforce this on public property where it’s reported by the community.
If you want to help us in acquiring electric shuttles sign up with Canoo, it’ll cost you nothing and there is no commitment. All it does is help us move to the front of the line so when the shuttles are available we are able to acquire them for Koreatown.
We’re currently focusing on providing parking solutions to the local residents and community. As we focus we will make sure parking spaces don’t get used by members who wouldn’t benefit from having them. If members want to invite guests over we do encourage public transportation or Lyft. Members can also request a guest pass as all parking spaces are provided for one vehicle.
We’ll change the rules when we have an abundance of parking spaces for everyone.
Once you signed up, you’ll have access to a private member forum. Here you will be able to have discussions, leave comments, ask questions, and talk about anything K Parking related. We encourage communication as this will help us ensure we build a family business that allows the community as we grow. The forum is about Koreatown in which we run and operate to communicate with the community about existing problems or hold discussions.
Koreatown has had a series of developments throughout the years. From the old Koreatown to the Koreatown we know today. A simple fact is Koreatown was built before parking minimums. Even though this was the circumstance, a community flourished. Koreatown is made for the local community and not the tourist who come from other areas. Everything is walkable within Koreatown unless you have a car-centric mentality. As the years have gone by taller buildings are being built, the amount of people living in a household has increased, and property management often has the final say on parking for their units. This has led to an even more significant burden of having parking for Koreatown residents. While tourists won’t have to deal with the issue daily, the residents will. It’s why we are focusing our services to cater to the community rather than anyone willing to pay.
Having a job without a car might be impossible due to various circumstances, no matter the situation we provide parking.
Progressive Web App, known as PWA, is a web technology that allows you to build an app to feel like a native app but made with almost magic. What PWA does is that it leverages your existing browser to be an app, whether on Android, iOS, or other OS if enabled. The user has more control over how the app will operate regardless of the version of the OS they are using. We built our app on the reason that we’d be able to deploy to both the main OS and use very little storage. Both our app and community forum are PWA enabled. Instead of having to download the whole app and content, you download the essential and content you visit. Updates happen when you open the app if there are new changes. It’s a little app with a bunch of capabilities.
Believe it or not we designed & built our logo, website, app and everything else ourselves. We don’t outsource but when we do it’s locally. It’s been around 5 years since our logo was designed by yours truly. A logo isn’t just for looks, it plays a vital importance into branding. We took inspiration from the parking symbol “P” that you see globally. As we are focused only in Koreatown we emphasised on the “K” as center point to our family businesses.
To show you how important a logo design is just look at the costs. Some of the cost is associated to the purchase of whole company resulting in identities mixed on logo.
K-Parking – Around an hour of design so maybe like $10,000
Our local neighborhood council WCKNC needs a new logo as it’s not to current standards. Our community is represented in moments of Twitter virality, Instagram posts, council’s business cards, tourist, stakeholders, people talking about how bad parking is, and various events. The logo during these moments isn’t mentioned or remembered. Which is why a greater focus should be given to make an identity for the community. We will do our best effort to reach out to various contacts and affiliation to make sure everyone gets a word of the submission event.
If you want to learn more to participate to design, share the word, or keep up to date then visit our discussion forum below.
As we were observing the intersection on 7th & S Catalina St we encountered a prime example of human behavior and traffic. To give a quick summary the white SUV cut off from opposite side of traffic in order to get into the parking. The grey SUV was going to pull in to park but got cut off.
The female driver of the white SUV felt entitled as she was asked to move as she was blocking a complete lane and a commercial vehicle approached which had no room to move. Plenty of traffic was passing through as this was the time when everyone goes home.
She wouldn’t move and said the police would come and fix it. The police did arrive and told the white SUV to move. The grey SUV parked and story would have ended but the white SUV driver felt entitled.
During the interaction the white SUV driver was recording me as I approached and asked her to move. After she parked she took pictures of the grey SUV and myself. It’s always a recurring situation that I’ve faced many times. When there is a driver in the wrong and are told they are wrong for doing such action they respond with aggression or denial and get defensive.
I continued to interview people around the intersection as I wasn’t done with my observation. I talked to a school police officer and during that talk another family member approaches us. It turned out to be her daughter claiming I disrespected her mother. I asked where the disrespect come from or to give an example, neither the daughter nor mother could give a clear example. The daughter thought I was talking to the officer about her mother’s parking behavior. Well we weren’t but I was talking to him about my reason why I was at that intersection. Coming from a background of doing research through Vision Zero.
The female driver wouldn’t let go of her anger or whatever she had. She continued to tell the officer and another teacher from the school about the situation. She wanted something done about my whole involvement. Perhaps she has never had someone confront about her behavior in her life but no one comes into my community and displays such behavior. She claimed I couldn’t record and if the police officer saw my phone there would be pictures and videos as if it was a crime. The police officer told the female driver that it’s perfectly legal to record as it’s a public place. Without much to argue she went on saying as she was a female and elderly I had to respect her more.
I’ll make one thing clear for the record and such. I don’t disrespect people without reason, I don’t give preferential treatment to anyone. I respect everyone equally from children to the most elder. Just because you are of one gender, group, or any kind of class you shall not be treated differently.
The female driver which parked badly, argued with multiple people, attempted to get me in trouble and tried to talk me down will never gain my respect.
I’ll say this for all bad drivers who come into my community or live within my community. I’ll do whatever it takes to change policy, enforcement and systems to ensure we remove bad drivers from the road. It’s these bad drivers that end up causing collisions, deaths, traffic and all the bad things about driving with the public. One day your driver license will be revoked and you’ll be forced to take public transportation. You bought the car not the road. Driving is a privilege which only those who are responsible and courteous to traffic should be allowed to continue to drive.
If you think you’ll threaten me with lawyers or letters because I make this interaction public, go ahead. I work with international law firms and I don’t mind making an example out of someone who doesn’t respect rules or people.
As a note, the police officer informed the driver of the grey SUV that the white SUV driver always does this. It’s a recurring behavior that the officer has to deal with everytime.
As middle school was closing various students were taken to the auditorium. We had a survey of which school choices we’d like go to. I didn’t think of much during that time but I ended up selecting Ambassador School of Global Leadership (ASGL). It was one of the best choices I could make not because I attended the school but rather because the connections and path I took as a result of certain issues. R.F.K. Community Schools taught me that there can be more resources or organization with a community focus. During the time I was in high school I tried to be innovative but didn’t have the experience.
During my time as a high school student I began to be driven back into STEM. There was no focus of which field I’d end up going but I knew I wanted to solve problems. Having purchased a tablet with stylus capabilities I began to draw and create a lot of ideas. From innovative supermarkets, vertical farms, car sensors, algae filters, and other ideas. The one I tried and failed was creating an innovation club called ASGL Innovation Team (AiT). I had yet to hone in managerial skills or people skills. It didn’t take off but the first project I wanted to do was ensuring no food waste during breakfast & lunch. All it was is a table reserved to drop off food students don’t like. The cafeteria legally had to give all the required food even if a student didn’t want certain selections. At times students would get a plate and grab an item then toss the rest into the trash. A table to set aside for anyone to grab from or leave items would circumvent the legal issue. There are many problems we might not see if we don’t observe and document.
Having walked through the main entrance many times I didn’t have a bad experience with the intersection and the reason was I walked along the school block rather than having to cross the intersection. Issues that did occur were being dropped off during the morning. There was no dedicate drop off or pick up zone even though we had a driveway built for that kind of activity. As I didn’t have that experience and perspective I wouldn’t be aware of how much the issue would be. We currently had multiple development projects completed and ongoing. The traffic impact from these projects will increase the issue in ongoing future. The issue isn’t so much of the traffic but much more on the behavior.
During my whole experience of driving which is why I ended up starting a parking business. I learned a lot from the worse drivers, it always tends to be behavior issues when it comes to bad drivers. There are drivers who wouldn’t be responsible with their driving due to age or incompetence. The intersection has become an issue and I can attest to the behavior as it’s not a favorite route for most of my family members, neighbors and anyone who has students or needs to get to Wilshire. The street is used as a traffic through to get into a boulevard.
Since my innovative days I realized we have to do much more to get the ball rolling. It’s why I’ve been recording, documenting, having meetings, discussing, researching and viewing how can we solve the issue of the intersection. There are many ways in which we can solve temporarily but a long term solution has to be implemented to ensure traffic isn’t an issue for the upcoming years. When children are involved in the issue faster action should be done. It’s only a matter of time before an avoidable event takes place.
With the ability to create, design and modify apps we can take our route in any direction. We will focus our primary function to provide parking & services. As our app will serve as a platform we will also enable features to be used by our community.
Through our community forum and internal feedback channels we will create features which benefits the community as a whole. Through our own expertise we hope to support, educate and influence the community into our field. There are many businesses, organizations and community leaders which would highly benefit from our features.
Our intent and our basis on why we want to support the community through our technologies is that our expertise and knowledge can be expensive to hire. This cost shouldn’t be a burden to our communities when it comes to empowering or supporting our community.
Our digital agency HelloDigital.space is our tech counterpart focused on providing development & consultation.
I began volunteering before I knew what the word or action was for what I did during my youth. It was in elementary where I grew fond of doing similar things. From staying after school to help teachers who weren’t my teachers. I’d give up my vacation to work within the cafeteria to prepare food as it fascinated me. Various things of interest which I had no relation to but I had a curiosity to dive into. Without a doubt I’ve given a lot more volunteering time than most kids growing up would. Never using what I did for educational credit or merit. There’s been a question that I haven’t been able to find the answer to. I feel like I won’t ever be close or perhaps I am but I just won’t be able to know until I get there.
How do you instill curiosity to enable others to grow beyond their current limits?
You might wonder why such curiosity should be instilled into others. The simple truth being is that when everyone has curiosity it will enable them to do the things they really enjoy and do them better. Perhaps even better than one could ever. As we all know the world isn’t a perfect place as we often try to make it seem for the younger generation. The veil of deception never worked on me as I did grow up in poverty and seeking to know more to escape such world. I’m no longer trying to escape such world but rather face it and seek experience and perspectives to understand more. Keeping true to one simple principle “solve a problem that affects a community.”
This is the reason why I am focusing within my community. It’s where I grew up and know the most about. Living within Koreatown since I was 3, elementary, middle, high school and my first business. There’s a lot that I’ve learned & experienced along the way to today where you read this and hear it in your mind. There are many problems that affects us as a community and individually. I’ll support those who put communities before themselves. We have a lot of work to do so let’s get going.
Building websites and apps have been my specialty. In the early days I was learning how to develop a website. These days I give tech panels and develop on cutting edge practices. Most would think just by having a website is enough. The reality is there is always learning and testing involved. Who’s using the website? Why are they, what are we missing, is there issues that prevents access, and so many other questions. If you can answer or think of asking these questions then you are on a better path. My main focus is building my own businesses to retire my parents and consulting to pay for my businesses expenses. The biggest issue I always get is someone tried to develop something without any technical guidance so time, energy and money is wasted. Our community, Koreatown, has had an explosion of growth and development. There are many needs of the community that these days our NC can facilitate. Rather than being reactive on what is going on with our community we should be proactive. This does mean doing more work than what the average council member does.