Anyone using a disability placard can park for free anywhere in California. In hard-to-park places, like downtown L.A. and Venice, block after block fill with placard after placard. This eats up space for people who actually have disabilities, and anyone else arriving by car.
The California DMV and L.A. City Transportation Department (LADOT) catch many placard abusers. The media report often on various sting operations and individual enforcement. State audits reveal numerous placard issues, but attempts to reform state laws have failed. The problems persist.