Parking elf promotes downtown freebies

Published: December 20, 2013, 1:33 pm, by Dalton Walker

Downtown businessman Richard Skorman has long been a proponent of going green, but his garb in this photo has little to do with environmental awareness.

Skorman is dressed as the “Parking Elf.” It’s his way of telling customers of his businesses – Poor Richard’s, Little Richard’s and Rico’s – that he’s picking up the parking tab in the 300 block of North Tejon Street from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m . to 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, adding on to the free parking on Saturday and Sunday.

Laszlo Palos, chief operating officer of Poor Richards Businesses, said Skorman will wear his elf outfit Monday and Tuesday, going up and down the block to plug meters. He’ll focus on the west side of the street, Palos said, but will also plug meters on the other side when he sees people parking.

“If ‘Richard the Parking Elf’ didn’t catch you outside, and you need meter money, just ask for it in the Bookstore/Gift Store or Toy Store,” Palos said in a news release.

Palos said Skorman tried to buy up the meters for the two days, but couldn’t get permission. But the upside is, he gets to wear a cute holiday outfit and still do something good for Tejon customers.