Parking in Koreatown

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.

What’s PWA & how does it benefit

We’re going to give a simple breakdown of what PWA is. If you’d like to learn more in full detail, we’d suggest reading this post written for developers by Google.

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.

WCKNC New Logo

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.

Designed by JAG in 2015

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.

A list by inkbotdesign [source]

  1. Symantec – $1,280,000,000
  2. BP – $210,000,000
  3. Accenture – $100,000,000
  4. Posten Norge – $55,000,000
  5. ANZ – $15,000,000
  6. BBC – $1,800,000
  7. Pepsi – $1,000,000
  8. City of Melbourne – $625,000
  9. Belfast – $280,000
  10. 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.

Just see the picture and you’ll understand how bad the driver is.

Another parking battle round 2, not on our watch.

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.

Time to take out the bad drivers.

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.

Who behaves like that?

Going to R.F.K Community Schools at ASGL as a student

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.

Our App

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 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.

Who we serve

Everything is defined by the way of the human life. In one way or another we are connected through our similarities. Our characteristics and current plans defines what are needs, wants & issues will be. A family would have different needs from just newly weds or a single adult. In the end we all collectively form a community.

It’s the community we will serve through our services, contributions, discussions and much more. We don’t have all the answers or all the information, it’s why we have an open channel for discussion & feedback. We want to know your story and the experience about being in our community, Koreatown.

Welcome to K-Parking, we’re more than just parking. We’re a family business and we’ll take care of our community.

Internet + Design + People = Anything

It seems like with every new day we are faced with newer problems and challenges. Problems of yesterday will always move into tomorrow until a systematic resolution is implemented. Thousands of organizations and movements are born to resolve these issues. While it may seem daunting to tackle them straight on, it can be done.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. — George Santayana

This proverb has more truth the more you discover, experience, and learn. You wouldn’t walk into a store purchase a single item, return home, and repeat until your shopping list is done. It’s repetition and it’s inefficient. You would purchase everything then go home, it’s efficient. That’s the real key to solving problems no matter how small or big. How efficient you are with solving a problem could mean resolving the same problem for different locations or throwing valuable resources into a cycle.

Let’s take something we can all agree upon.

Traffic is horrible. No one wins.

Los Angeles topped the list of the world’s most gridlocked cities for the sixth straight year, with drivers spending 102 hours in congestion in 2017 during peak time periods, followed by Moscow and New York (tied at 91 hours), Sao Paulo (86 hours) and San Francisco (79 hours) — INRIX

You could have the fastest car in the world or the most fuel efficient. If the cars around you aren’t moving, then you won’t be moving. Roads, freeways (including “carpool” lanes), and various routes get jam-packed. The existing infrastructure is out of date and needs a newer system. One that can expand with an ever-growing population.

So, what is involved in traffic:

  • Vehicles (C)
  • Pedestrians (C)
  • Traffic Lights/Signs (C)
  • Intersections (P)
  • Entry/Exit Routes (P)
  • Limited Occupiable Space (P)

Communication and Paths are what should be highly focused on.

“Deterrents” for bad behavior:

  • Tickets (economic disadvantage and fees when paying)
  • Points
  • Laws

Results of poor infrastructure design:

  • Deaths
  • Stress
  • Time Wasted
  • Congestion
  • Collisions
  • Emissions
  • Anger
  • Confusion

Do you see it now?

Fine, it’s a big jump.

  • Clue 1: Communication.
  • Clue 2: Traffic Lights/Signs.
  • Clue 3: Human Behavior.

When rush hour hits the main thing that gets overloaded are intersections. Imagine driving while no cars are on the road. What do you face at intersections? Traffic lights/signs that were timed to handle traffic in intervals. Traffic lights don’t carry the dynamic ability to extend/shorten the time unless manually operated. Traffic lights don’t give extra time to cross for those who need it the most.

Adding more lanes increases traffic for the simple reason that the bottlenecks will remain the same. The other reason is connecting streets can handle a limited number of cars per hour. Fill all streets with cars and now you might have to skip a light because traffic is gridlocked.

Often collisions occur because we can’t see the traffic around us. We are limited in vision and communication from other drivers. Exiting a driveway during rush hour can be tough. When you change direction, you increase the chances of collisions.

Most use navigation applications, which is great for travel. These apps are limited in what they can accomplish. Accuracy has never been the greatest as signals for GPS are always changing and recalculated. If we consider poor visibility, communication, bottlenecks, and traffic lights/signs. You already notice that navigations apps are limited.

We need a solution that solves these problems. Now, since I am tech-driven I’ll say that an application or device that allows communication, visibility, dynamic output, and real-time traffic re-routing will be a greater experience for all. We won’t get into details, as this will be provided in a video demo. Instead, we’ll take notes on how the airline industry handles the traffic from routes to runways. While there is more space in the clouds there is little room for mistakes. Hence why it’s safer to fly than to drive. Air Traffic Control (ATC) is how everything is kept up to date and in check.

An ATC, but for vehicles and pedestrians would truly send traffic congestion to a decline. Ground Traffic Control that can be implemented by an app, standalone device, and connect to traffic lights. While we don’t have most technologies available and ready to go we do have various resources to kick things off.

Traffic officers assist in traffic guidance but their lack of information of real-time traffic doesn’t yield great results. The information missing is real-time traffic view of cars on the road within connecting streets. Allow them to guide traffic by redirecting via an application and we can guide traffic that would be out of reach.

Navigation apps connect drivers to routes and offer traffic information, but an algorithm can only do so much. Having actual data input from both drivers and traffic officers could improve everyone’s route.

Vehicles and pedestrians believe it or not can be resources we can utilize. Just like radar can detect and display information. If we equip all with identifiers, then it would be easier for communication and visibility. Whether a vehicle or jogger crosses and intersection we can notify them both.

Light poles provide lighting further down the road. If we can equip them with sensors, then we can get real-time data of cars on the road.

Autonomous technology can help everyone transition from old age technology to a world with no traffic congestion. If we don’t implement the transition it would be much tougher for all, including driverless cars. It’s not that the humans fail to understand the principles of traffic but more likely that we don’t see the ripple effects our actions have.

Trying to communicate the solution by words in just a page would mean keeping things short. The demo will be using case scenarios of both actual events and predicted.

This idea is meant to be shared with everyone. My focus is on LA and tomorrow the world’s traffic congestion.

My Story with K-Parking

I started a parking business in 2015. This is how it all started.

I was working and driving all the way to West Covina daily. (Around 50 miles)

In order to avoid the whole traffic I would go early and leave very late. Except there was an issue.

The parking in Koreatown wasn’t gracious.

One day I came home very late and very tired. After hours of not being able to find parking. I parked on the street with emergency lights and fell asleep.

I don’t recall how long I was asleep for but I woke up to a knock. It was my father who offered to find parking while I went home to sleep.

I realized I had to do more to be able to solve this issue. That’s how K-Parking, LLC came to be.

During the time I formed the company my skills as a software engineer wasn’t at what it currently is today. So I kept on growing my experience.

I met billionaires, city officials and people who could change the life of anyone. As the years went by 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Now I came to a much better understanding.

I have to help the community first before I should even think of making large profits. The truth is I always volunteered and gave back.

Since I was in elementary I helped teachers after school. During vacations I’d go volunteer in the cafeteria to cook food for the other tracks.

I would spend time at my local church food bank and anywhere I would be able to help more than just myself.

I wish you could see through my eyes of what I experienced. Through everything I learned and researched now I understand how to create a community and make a global change.

But I am just doing this locally.

I went to elementary, middle and high school all within the same area, Koreatown. This has always been my home as long as I can remember.

There are many issues within our community, not just lack of parking. Gentrification, homelessness, theft, vandalism and much more we could address.

Many people don’t have the time or energy to do all this. The truth of how I even manage to do all this.

We’ll it’s because I got to learn how to do it all. Networking, relationships, knowledge and creating partnerships in a way it mutually benefits all.

My full focus and purpose is to empower my community that raised me. It gave me a lot but I will give more than it gave. I will help the community grow through any means.

The future may seem dim but collectively as a community we can achieve the most amazing things.

I will hire friends from school who provide value to the parking company. I will create partnerships to local businesses and provide a highway of opportunity to future generations.

As a software engineer I can become the richest of rich but it doesn’t matter if our community is facing serious issues.

I don’t do the giving back for credit or recognition. I do it because if we all do it together then we will get to a better future faster.

I am happy now after facing so many issues in life. I know what I want to do. If it means working all day and night to get there soon, so be it.

You might have done things traditionally but I figured out what the future will really be like. Everything will advance into technology but I don’t want to leave my community behind.

If I become rich then the community becomes rich. At the end of the day wealth isn’t a factor that should determine anything.

The impact, the influence and the change you produce during your lifetime and even after is what does.

Like an author who’s work will live on after death. I want my work and my influence to shape the future for a better tomorrow.

I always had ideas and visions of how the world should be since I was a kid. Let me tell you the story as I grow through the ages.

At the end of the day we’re all in the same boat trying to figure out what life is all about. No one has all the answers but I can tell you this for sure.

I’m happy and there is a lot of work that needs to be done to make a better future.

I’m going to dedicate my life to address homelessness, traffic, hunger, education and community. There is so much to do and as I learned and experience I will show the rest of the world what’s that like.

You don’t have to work as hard as I do. It’s people who do that happily do so. The best thing you can do for yourself and for everyone is to be happy.

You only have one life to live. Don’t waste it on the unnecessary things. We’re a community in the end drifting through space and time.

Love to live & live to love.

Hello, I’m JAG.

Jose Alberto Garcia