The CPPA has established an awards program to recognize those individuals and organizations who have made a special contribution to advance the professional image and practice of public parking in California. The awards program is designed to allow the CPPA membership to have direct involvement in the awards process.


Submit your nomination to the Awards Committee
You are invited to make nominations for any of these awards. The Committee will review the nomination and select the most deserving candidates for each award. Their recommendations will be forwarded to the Board of Directors for their final review and approval. The awards will be presented at the CPPA Annual Conference and Workshop. Deadline to submit is August 31, 2021.

The following types of awards are available for award each year.

The Parking Professional of the Year Award

This award was introduced in 1988 and it was adopted by the Board of Directors at that time and will continue to be awarded. The criteria is as follows:

  1. The person nominated should be a member in good standing of the CPPA.
  2. The nominee can hold any position related to the Parking Industry in either the public or private sector.
  3. The nominee has demonstrated excellence through significant and outstanding achievements in one or more of the following categories
    • Creativity and Innovation - i.e. solution to a problem, creation of a new product, design of a new system.
    • Contributions - i.e. to individual institutions, to the CPPA, to the parking industry.
    • Demonstration of Dedication to the parking industry by increasing the visibility and promoting the image of the parking profession.
  • 2018   Kim Nadeau, Parking Manager at City of Santa Rosa
  • 2017   Jeff Dierking, California State University, Sacramento
  • 2016   Alex Israel, VP & GM of Parking, INRIX
  • 2015   Carmen Gachupin, California State University, LA
  • 2014   Jackie Rocco
  • 2013   Duane Hicks, UC Davis, UC Davis Medical Center
  • 2012   Ron Fleming, Director of Transportation and Distribution Services (T&DS) at the University of California, Irvine
  • 2012   Dan Mitchell, Senior Transportation Engineer for the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT)
  • 2011   Freddy Orozco, Assistant to the Senior Director, University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) California State University, Sacramento
  • 2010   Frank Ching, City of Santa Monica
  • 2009   Shawn McCormick, Beverly Hills
  • 2008   Marlene Cramer, Cal Poly SLO
  • 2007   Robert Horch, City of San Luis Obispo
  • 2005   Nancy Fox, Sacramento State University
  • 2004   Nancy Galicinao, City of Anaheim
  • 2003   Cindy Campbell, Cal Poly SLO
  • 2002   Don (Korotsky) Norte, West Hollywood
  • 2001   Joe Ferrer, CSU Fullerton
  • 2000   Kaye Beechum, City of LA
  • 1997   Terry Fourgere, DMV
  • 1996   Bill Hurrell, Wilbur Smith & Associates
  • 1996   Bill Gallegher, City of Santa Rosa
  • 1995   Toby Fox, City of West Hollywood
  • 1994   Mark Morgan, City of Sacramento
  • 1993   Tim Yaryan, CPPA Lobbyist
  • 1992   Kevin Hagerty, City of San Francisco
  • 1991   Jay Carsman, City of LA
  • 1990   Mary Houghton, Phoenix Group
  • 1989   Marchal Reeves, City of Monterey

The Legislator of the Year Award

This award should be given to a legislator responsible for sponsoring parking legislation supported or sponsored by the CPPA. It should be awarded only in years when significant new parking legislation has been passed.

  • 2018   Senator Cathleen Galgiani
  • 2017   Senators Benjamin Allen, Robert Hertzerg, and Jerry Hill
  • 2016   Bill Quirk, Assembly Member
  • 2013   Bonnie Lowenthal
  • 2012   Mike eng, Assembly Member
  • 2011   Fiona Ma, Assembly Member, District 12
  • 2010   Steven Bradford, Assembly Member, District 51, Inglewood
  • 2009   Mike Eng, Monterey Park
  • 2007   Mark Leno
  • 2006   Fran Pavley, Assembly Member
  • 2004   Dario Frommer, Assembly Member
  • 1995   Diane Martine, Assembly Member, District 49
  • 1993   Bob Epple
  • 1990   Senator Kopp
  • 1990   Roybel-Allard, Assembly Member
  • 1988   Senator Allan Robbins
  • 1988   Robert Frazee, Assembly Member
  • 1987   Senator Robert Beverly

The Public Parking Program of the Year Award

This award is intended to be given to a public agency involved in parking that institutes a new, innovative parking program or has an existing program that is somehow exemplary. The following criteria should be applied in determining the suitability of a nominee for this award:

  1. The nominee must be a public agency or institution in California such as a city, county, a university, college, hospital/medical center or airport.
  2. The nominee need not be a member of the CPPA.
  3. The nominee must have implemented a parking related program which is:
    • Innovative - The program must have features or involve practices or techniques which are new to the California public parking industry.
    • Applicable - The program must be applicable to other agencies or institutions.
    • Effective - The program must be shown to be effective in terms of its performance in terms of costs, use of personnel and equipment, and public perception.
  • The City of San Leandro (ParkSL) parking program is being recognized for the state-of-the-art and cost-effective approach to parking management. After adopting a Downtown Parking Management Plan in 2017, the City needed to implement a plan with new regulations, rates, technology improvements, permitting and payment systems. The City formed a team to transform San Leandro parking program involving representatives from Public Works, Traffic Engineering, Community Development, City Attorney, Procurement, City Manager’s Office, City Council, IT, and Police Department. Everyone has been actively involved, and this hands-on project has not been easy. ParkSL launch a proactive outreach campaign promoting a positive experience at the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in December 2017 or demonstrating the new pay stations in a ParkSL booth at the annual Cherry Festival in June 2018. The project team has engaged every opportunity to share the ParkSL program.

    Throughout the year the City team has walked door-to-door to speak with employees and business owners in the Downtown. The parking ordinances have been updated to accommodate new technology and the City has pursued several options to consider alternatives and incentives. One of the most effective and cost saving impacts was rather than deploying a costly smart parking technology solution, the City proceeded with a tiered rate model utilizing the existing hardware and a colored ParkSL decal program. This combined with the launch of a new, interactive website has continued to promote the parking management plan and objectives approved by the City Council.
  • The City of West Hollywood had a 68-space surface parking lot not adequate to serve the visitors and staff. The solution; a stand-alone, above grade, automated vehicle storage and retrieval system (AVSRS), with a footprint 40% smaller than a conventional garage. The fully automated parking system accommodates 200 cars, utilizes computer controlled motorized lifts, conveyors and shuttles to transport passenger cars to and from the entrance to a parking space – all within 90 seconds.
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Supportive Transit Parking Program

    Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority ("Metro") currently operates 89 parking facilities serving 56 transit stations while totaling more than 25,000 parking spaces throughout the Los Angeles County. Metro parks over four million cars a year providing an important first/last mile connection for Metro patrons. Metro's expanding transit system and increasing number of parking facilities are reaching capacity, both of which has propelled Metro into the parking business. Prior to 2014, Metro was the largest free parking provider in Los Angeles County. There was no true parking program as it was managed on a reactive basis and a free parking program approach.

    New Leadership, New Concept, New Program, New Master Plan

    In 2014, Metro decided to create a new parking program and recruited parking professional Frank Ching as the Senior Director of Parking Management. Under the new leadership, parking at Metro now is being managed proactively through a comprehensive asset management approach resulting in the development of the Supportive Transit Parking Program. This program not only operates without negative impact to the system ridership, but also enhances ridership with an improved parking experience.

    Metro awarded a contract to team up with Walker Parking Consultants for the development of a Supportive Transit Parking Program (STPP) master plan. The master plan's goal was to overhaul Metro's current parking management program entirely and provide Metro a roadmap to managing parking in the future. The new program includes rules and regulations, technology improvements and also development of an exemplary transit parking program for the future. The master plan included facilities and old program assessment, stakeholder outreach, transit rider surveys, parking demand model development, new parking management alternatives, innovative solutions development, a strategic plan, and the establishment of a long range parking planning and transit parking facility design guidelines.

    New Rules and Regulations

    There were no parking rules and regulations to manage parking prior to the birth of the new Metro Parking Management unit. After tremendous legislative development effort and process, the Metro Board adopted Metro's first Parking Ordinance and Permit Fee Resolution in September 2015. The implementation and enforcement policies began immediately at all Metro managed and operated parking facilities.

    New Program with New Innovative Solutions

    In May 2016 Parking Management started implementing the new Parking Management Program at 16 of Metro's highest utilized parking facilities. Findings from the newly implemented parking program will be used to further study and support the parking management alternatives in the STPP Master Plan.

    Metro Parking Management has also developed cutting edge parking technologies such as a ridership verification system (RVS) that is used to identify transit patrons to prevent abusive use of parking resource by non-transit users. The RVS system is also integrated with a newly developed revenue control and parking enforcement system. A ticketless and gateless revenue control system with a toll road concept has been developed. It increases efficiency by reducing wait time and without delay on ingress and egress traffic for Metro's transit patrons. The new system is currently being used at all 16 Pilot Program locations.

    In addition, as part of the technological improvements, Metro is currently installing a parking guidance system at all of its parking facilities across Los Angeles County. Through an API data export, real-time parking availability information will be broadcasting in the near future.

    New Plans for the Future

    The Supportive Transit Parking Program also includes future planning and design concepts. Long range planning and parking facility design guideline have also been established. This future parking planning approach utilizes a parking demand model developed by Walker which determines the capacity needs of parking spaces for future major transit corridors by using transit ridership projections. This innovative approach is already being tested at future rail projects currently in the planning phase.

    Metro's new forward thinking and cutting edge approach brings parking management to another level. A program that started from nothing to it's current operation and beyond is a much needed improvement to Metro's Supportive Transit Parking Program.

    Walker Parking Consultants is proud to nominate Metro's comprehensive and innovative public parking program for recognition of California Public Parking Association's - "Public Parking Program of the Year" for its exemplary work for the transit parking industry.

  • In 2012, Sacramento City Council passed a motion directing the Parking Services Division directing staff to pursue parking modernization through technology, rate enhancements, expansion, and legislation. In 2013, the new owners of the Sacramento Kings basketball team announced their plan to build an arena in the heart of downtown. As a result an ambitious program to modernize its operations and with additional changes to the downtown parking environment; the City’s Parking Services Division succeeded in a unified program that allows the City to meet today’s diverse demands for parking throughout the City.
  • Metro operates 89 parking facilities serving 56 transit stations with more than 25,000 parking spaces in the Los Angeles County. Metro parks over four million cars per year being the first & last mile connection for its customers. Metro’s expanding transit system and increasing number of parking facilities are reaching capacity. Prior to 2014, Metro was the largest free parking provider in LA County.
    In 2014, Metro decided to create a new parking program and this resulted in the development of the Supportive Transit Parking Program.
    Metro team up with a large & national parking consultant firm to develop a Supportive Transit Parking Program master plan. The master plan’s goal was to overhaul Metro’s parking management program and provide a roadmap to managing parking in the future. The new program includes rules and regulations, technology improvements and also development of a model transit parking program for the future. The master plan includes facilities and old program assessment, stakeholder outreach, transit rider surveys, parking demand model development, new parking management alternatives, innovative solutions development, a strategic plan, and the establishment of a long range parking planning and transit parking facility design guidelines.
  • LA Express Park™ fuses technology and demand-based pricing into an innovative parking management strategy. Created as one component of the Los Angeles Congestion Reduction Demonstration with $15 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation and $3.5 million in city funds, the program uses technology to help the city realize its goals of increasing the availability of limited parking spaces, reducing traffic congestion and air pollution, and encouraging use of alternative modes of transportation. LA Express Park™ launched on May 21, 2012.
    • SFpark is the world’s first demonstration of a parking-based approach to congestion management.
    • SFpark uses demand-responsive pricing and real-time information about where parking is available to make it easy to find a parking space quickly, reducing circling and double parking, thereby helping to achieve a broad suite of social benefits.
    • To help achieve the right level of parking availability, SFpark periodically adjusts meter and garage rates to match demand in order to make it easier to find parking and thereby reduce circling and double parking.
    • SFpark is expected to reduce congestion, greenhouse gas emissions, and wasted time and fuel while improving the speed and reliability of public transit, access to businesses, and safety on the road by reducing the amount of time that distracted drivers circle looking for parking.
    • The SFpark pilot project covers 7,000 (25%) of San Francisco’s metered on-street spaces and 12,250 spaces in 14 municipal garages.
    • It is operating a full-scale test of nascent technologies, including parking sensors, and it shares real-time parking availability data via mobile apps and an open data feed.
    • SFpark uses cutting edge data warehousing and analytical business intelligence tools to manage large datasets, make rate recommendations, and evaluate the project.
    • The process, lessons learned, and data generated through the project are documented and publicly-available. This will help San Francisco bring demand-responsive pricing to the entire city, and make it easier for other cities to manage parking in ways that improve quality of life, maintain or increase parking revenues, and reduce their carbon footprints.
  • The City uses current technology and real-time information to keep cars moving on major boulevards and limit the impact of regional traffic on local streets. This includes a comprehensive street wayfinding system, including signs directing motorists to off-street parking and displaying real time parking availability at many public parking facilities including parking meters. Parking rates reflect the value of parking and are set to ensure that spaces are available when needed.
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  • Parking and Transportation Service (P&TS) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is the parking and sustainable transportation provider for over 37,000 students, faculty, and staff. Since 2005, UCI has moved from a 1.52 to a 1.9 Average Vehicle Ridership, the highest for any employer of comparable size in Southern California. Through its sustainable transportation division, P&TS provides access to sustainable transportation options in order to reduce congestion and improve air quality on the UCI campus and neighboring communities. The comprehensive program supports several modalities including bike, bikeshare, bus, carpool, carshare, shuttle, train, vanpool, and walk, utilizing technology, infrastructure improvements, policies, tools, and educational outreach to develop a culture of environmentally conscious commuters. Further, these sustainable programs reduce emissions, reduce the need to build costly parking facilities, retain open space, and save time and money for UCI’s commuting population.

    UCI P&TS has a long history of innovative program development such as the Drive-Alone Reduction Endeavor (DARE) aimed at reducing drive-alone commuters and increasing carpooling among the UCI campus community. The Strategic Mobility Plan offers a mixture of commuter counseling and completion of an extensive network of bike/pedestrian paths converting nearly 27% of the campus population to biking or walking. Project Greenlight is a multi-faceted venture to reduce emissions and vehicle miles traveled on campus that implements zone parking for students; targets shuttle service to particular housing areas increasing passenger volume 23% in those areas; optimizes campus traffic signal timing resulting in annual savings of 4,312 hours in travel time, 46,670 gallons in fuel, and 40.8 tons in GHG emissions; utilizes Transit Signal Priority technology and real-time GPS reporting to reduce scheduling delays by 15% and increase ridership by an additional 5%; re-lamps signal heads with low watt LED’s, saving 135,133 kilowatt-hours and 106 tons of GHG emissions annually; and re-lamps garage lighting with 70-watt bi-level induction units with anticipated savings of 1,039,346 kilowatt-hours and 858 tons of GHG annually. P&TS created a Virtual Permit Management System which allows non-P&TS managed campus student housing communities, campus medical plazas, and other auxiliary units to manage their own parking allowances. To facilitate a more streamlined enforcement protocol, Enhanced License Plate Recognition combines state-of-the-art computerized technologies enabling P&TS enforcement division to more efficiently and accurately cite non-permitted vehicles and transmit information via in-vehicle computers directly to a database.

    Most recently, P&TS has introduced the UCI community to ZotWheels, a customized, fully automated networked bikeshare program, the first on any of the UC campuses and only the second at any university nationwide. ZotWheels was designed and installed by P&TS using a combination of existing, proven technologies to create a program that is self-sufficient and environmentally friendly. The operation and management of ZotWheels is administered by P&TS, employing existing staff and facilities, allowing complete internal control over the system. In-house management of the system provides for greater responsiveness and flexibility for the program as well as significant cost-savings.
  • Fresno State constructed a Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Parking Structure completed in partnership with Chevron Energy Solutions that provides covered parking with a solar PV roof. The structure covers 722 parking spaces on 5.5 acres in Parking Lot V. This solar system is estimated to provide 20% of core campus power.
  • 2012   City of San Jose Business Incentive Program,
  • 2011   City of Santa Monica, The city has a dynamic and comprehensive parking program that supports residents, local visitors, merchants and tourists alike.
  • 2009   CSU, Stanislaus (CSUS),
  • 2008   City of Redwood City,
  • 2004   City of Fresno, Parking Services Division,
  • 2003   Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula,
  • 2002   Cal Poly Pomona, Parking Program Video,
  • 2001   City of Sacramento,
  • 1998   City of Capitola,
  • 1997   UC Berkeley AC Transit Class Pass Program,

The Wayne Dalton Award

This award is to be given to persons in non-management parking positions who demonstrate performance of their job in a way that goes beyond normal expectations. Several of these could be given each year. The following criteria should govern the determination of the eligibility of a candidate for this award:

  1. The nominee must be an employee in a parking related non-management position of a public parking agency or institution in California. The employee can either be a direct employee of the public agency or an employee of a contractor working for a public parking agency.
  2. The nominee need not be a member of the CPPA, but the nominee’s employer must be a member in good standing.
  3. The nominee must have demonstrated the following attributes in the performance of their job:
    • Dedication - A willingness to perform tasks or functions that provide service to the public which goes beyond the defined requirements of the job. This could be a one-time act, such as assisting in an emergency, or an exemplary continual practice such as extending courtesy or assistance beyond that considered as part of the job.
    • Contribution - The employee’s actions should serve to improve the public image of public parking and/or to advance the practices or technologies used in public parking operations.

  • 2018   Mariana Garcia, City of San Leandro
  • 2018   Joseph Osborn, UC Riverside
  • 2018   Diana Serrano, UC Riverside
  • 2017   Luke Morse, City of Santa Rosa
  • 2016   Joseph Young, UC Riverside
  • 2016   Hortencia Martinez, City of Sacramento
  • 2015   George Aguilar, University of California, Riverside
  • 2015   Sharon Cramer, City of Sacramento
  • 2015   Cynthia Wade, University of California, San Diego
  • 2015   Jayme Hunter, California State University, Sacramento
  • 2015   Alfredo (Freddy) Orozco, California State University, Sacramento
  • 2014   Kelly Walton,
  • 2014   David Williams,
  • 2013   Sabrina Cheng, City of Santa Monica
  • 2013   Kim Eger, City of Sacramento
  • 2011   Ramon Zavala, Employee Transportation Coordinator - University of California, Irvine 
  • 2011   Michael Beaubien, Equipment Technician - University Police Department Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
  • 2010   Sonya Radzuik, Parking Control Supervisor, City of Westminster
  • 2009   Dennis Sotomayor, CSU, LA
  • 2008   Charlotte Jackman, City of Beverly Hills
  • 2007   Wendy Lang, DMV
  • 2006   Ersin Kivilcim, Phoenix Group
  • 2006   Dave Rotenberg, Phoenix Group
  • 2005   Jeff LeQuesne, City of San Luis Obispo
  • 2004   Katherine Daniel, Sacramento Sherriffs Office
  • 2003   Diana Gutierrez, City of Bell Gardens
  • 2002   Elaine Miller, DMV
  • 2001   Stephanie Wheaton, DMV
  • 1996   Paul Vasquez, LA Sheriff

The Presidents Award

  • 2018   Shawn Conrad
  • 2017   Wayne Dalton
  • 2017   Julie Rosenberg
  • 2016   Kelly Walton, DMV
  • 2016   Glen Mossman, Pacific Parking
  • 2016   Wayne Dalton, City of Monterey
  • 2015   Cindy Campbell
  • 2015   Kirk Strassman
  • 2014   Yael Oved
  • 2014   Bill Hurrell
  • 2013   Robert Horch, City of San Luis Obispo
  • 2012   Howard Chan, City of Sacramento
  • 2012   Mary Houghton, Vice President, Phoenix Group

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