BEEP BEEP Parking Problems

So I just heard a loud beep outside. I step outside, and there is a South Gate Police car parked in the driveway. The officer was getting out, and asked me, from the curb: “Is this car yours?” pointing at the car parked just south of my driveway entrance. That location is in front of a fire hydrant, and is marked red. He and I chatted for a few minutes while we waited for a parking enforcement officer to show up. That officer showed up, and wrote the ticket for the car parked in front of the fire hydrant.

I told the officer, that while I had called several times about a variety of vehicles parked there, almost every day. I have called a few times when they have seriously annoyed me, such as sticking out into my driveway. He suggested that I attend the city council meetings, and work for having parking permits through the city. Any interesting idea, however, what happens when I have guests over?

The root of these problems comes from the fact we have more people living in this area, than the city was designed for. Not only that, but we as a society have more vehicles per person than we used to. Any new construction must now have more parking space per person than in the past, but we now have more people in homes than before.

No good answer of course.

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2 Responses to BEEP BEEP Parking Problems

  1. Eddie says:

    you’d think that he could have written a ticket himself… that seems odd.

  2. Bill says:

    In part, South Gate employees specific people to be community service officers, to be traffic/ parking enforcement officers. This helps reduce quotas by police officers, where an officers bonus is a direct reflection on the number of tickets he writes. If your only job is to write tickets, it matters more how you write the tickets, is it justified or not, is it challenged in court, etc; rather than the actual number of tickets you write.

    Or at least, that’s my understanding. Reality may be different.

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