ddougherty, I read your post earlier on BikingInLA. I thought I’d do this for myself and help support your argument regarding how bad the LB licensing program is. The only thing is, I happen to be in their system and they found me! Let me explain what I did. After reading your post I thought I’d test this our for myself. So I got a real crappy bike and registered it at the local fire station. Then I proceeded to get it stolen. So after about a month from when I registered the bike, I called up Youth Services at 570-1447. I’m not sure if they experienced a name change from “Child Protective Services” or if it’s two different departments. But yeah, I even talked to Dorothy Nulk at one point. I was transferred to her when I guess I was asking too many questions about their system. Regardless, I was in their database with this bike.
Now this isn’t an argument for keeping this system. I’m just stating my experience. I truly did want to have an experience like you did, but it didn’t happen. Personally if they just get rid of the system, it’d make me quite happy. At the very least make it optional. As was stated above, it’s a money losing system. And going through the system, I wholeheartedly agree.