Except in Los Angeles and some other cities that exempt themselves from a state law effective January 1, 2013, it’s okay for drivers to park at broken meters. More at KTLA here. It’s different, however, in the City of Los Angeles (and perhaps other California cities). On December 5, 2012, all Los Angeles City Council members except Jan Perry voted to go around state law and continue to cite those parking at broken meters. That story by Wesley Lowery of the Los Angeles Times is here. Beware!