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, 2018.

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.
  • 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.

  • 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 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 Metropolitan Transportation Authority Supportive Transit Parking Program

    Los Angeles 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.

  • 2016   SacPark®, City of Sacramento
  • 2015   Transportation, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2014   LA Express Park,
  • 2013   SF Park, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA),
  • 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.
  • 2010   Parking and Transportation Service at the University of California, Irvine (UCI),
  • 2009   CSU, Stanislaus (CSUS),
  • 2008   City of Redwood City,
  • 2007   Fresno State Green Parking Lot,
  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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