A small gripe
Original post made by a mom, Green Acres, on Nov 21, 2008
However, given the lightning speed with which I was fined for this infraction, I am dumbfounded that not too far away, near another neighborhood school, no one is ever fined for blocking up to half of my driveway while waiting to pick up their children, which happens weekly. (And no, calling parking enforcement wouldn't work as by the time they got there, the driveway blocker would be gone -- too late to help me when I need to get in and out of my driveway. But parking enforcement knows when school is out and where all the cars wait for that school, just as they knew where and when to swoop in and fine me today..)
No one bothered to question the neighbor's contractor who parked a cement truck in front of my driveway almost all day recently. (Not to blow this out of proportion -- I talked to the sub, who said it would be gone by the next day, and it was certainly not done with my neighbor's okay -- and I wouldn't even have been so annoyed if someone had simply asked me in advance so I could park my car on the street and not get blocked in. I'm happy to help my neighbor and his contractor. I'm just pointing this out because of the inconsistent parking enforcement -- from where I'm sitting, the city seems so fast to fine and slow to protect -- it's kind of hard to miss a big cement truck parked in front of a driveway all day, when the construction is obviously happening next door).
Anyway, I'm just sending up a small gripe, since it's emblematic of my wish that the city would attend to a whole range of issues with the intensity and efficiency of its fine collection activities. Or maybe stop relying so heavily on all kinds of fines for a revenue stream, I think it hurts the effort to improve the relationship between citizens and the city.