Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A parking ticket in this frozen wasteland

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 4:55 PM

click to enlarge Personally, I think they should have to plow the parking space before they charge for it. - J. ADRIAN STANLEY
  • J. Adrian Stanley
  • Personally, I think they should have to plow the parking space before they charge for it.
This morning, as I was sliding my hatchback around our employee parking lot, I noticed something I hadn't seen a a couple days: a parking enforcement vehicle. The officer was nearby, talking to some desperate-looking man who was sitting in his car — a car that had been shoved forcefully into a street parking space that looked like it had yet to see a plow.

Poor dude.

I thought about that officer when I parked my car at lunch. I was on Tejon Street, and I'm pretty darn sure that there was a meter I was supposed to feed. But none of the meters looked like they belonged to my space. As is usual when the streets are covered in snow, no one was exactly parked in the correct space. I fed a meter, shrugged and left.

Thankfully, I didn't get a ticket. But I wondered: What about people who do get tickets? I mean, can the city seriously be giving people parking tickets at this point?

I asked city spokesperson Julie Smith about it. Smith says that the city is giving out parking tickets, though she says officers are "using a lot of discretion." The good news is that you can contest a parking ticket with your hearing officer. One would expect that he/she might be a little more lenient given the circumstances.

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