The owner of an auto repair shop – exposed by the NBC4 I-Team as illegally monopolizing street parking with luxury cars – was ordered by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to pay a $1 $000 and perform 100 hours of community service.
In a March 2022 investigation, the I-Team showed how Hi Tech Automotive in Silverlake parked its customers’ Porsches, Ferraris and Maseratis – which sometimes waited days for repairs – at parking meters and on residential streets, leaving little parking for residents and customers of other businesses.
According to LA municipal code, it is illegal for auto repair shops to park customer cars on city streets rather than on their property.
After the I-Team report, LA City Attorney Mike Feuer criminally charged Hi Tech owner Grigor “Koko” Bakchajian.
And since the report, Hi Tech has apparently stopped parking these luxury cars on the streets, opening up plenty of parking spots for area residents.
A Superior Court judge on Wednesday also ordered Bakchajian to cooperate with routine inspections by the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety to ensure the store does not park customers’ cars outside. of the company.
If, after two years, Bakchajian has complied with the judge’s orders, the criminal charges will be dropped.
The I-Team has emailed, called and texted Bakchajian’s attorney for comment, but has so far received no response.
Hi Tech isn’t the only auto repair shop illegally clogging the streets. In July, the I-Team exhibited another store occupying street locations near the popular Grove in Beverly and Fairfax with their customers’ cars. This store also says it has stopped using street spots since the I-Team report.