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The Parking Ticket Geek is teaching a class.
The West Loop’s Civics Lab invited the Geek to teach a class on fighting parking tickets we’re calling Parking Ticket 101.
It’s a slimmed down version of our Driver Survival Seminars with a focus purely on avoiding and contesting those pesky bright orange tickets from the city.
Parking Ticket 101 will give attendees an overview of parking enforcement in Chicago and educate attendees on how best to both avoid parking tickets and how best to handle receiving a ticket, including how to successfully contest improper or unfair ones.
Civics Lab is a co-working education and office space created to help teach Chicagoans about civic engagement, activism and how to better understand and interact with their government. It was founded by Tom Tresser and Ben Sugar last summer.
Tresser is that famous troublemaker who, among his many other accomplishments spearheaded No Games Chicago, the group which furiously lobbied against bringing the 2016 Olympics to Chicago.
Seating is limited so reserve your spot right away. There is a nominal $10 fee that goes toward helping support Civics Lab in its great work.
EVENT: Parking Ticket 101/Driver Survival Seminar
WHEN: Wednesday, March 26th at 6:30 PM
WHERE: Civics Lab, 114 N. Aberdeen St. Chicago, IL 60607
SIGNUP: At Eventbrite
Some people may go to the movies, out to dinner, see a play or hit a bar or night club.
But why bother with fun stuff like that when you can listen to the Parking Ticket Geek on WGN Radio 720 AM Saturday night?
The Geek joins Nick Digilio at after 8:30 PM. We’ll talk about all the crazy driving and parking things in the news and of course, answer your parking ticket questions.
Tune in to 720 AM or stream WGN right here.
But despite the recent resurfacing and after a brutal winter, the street is heavily pockmarked by potholes.
Alderman Carrie Austin (34th) told newly appointed Chicago Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld about the problems with the recently repaved street and now the city has decided to do a complete audit of about 100 miles of roadway which were repaved in 2013 according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The implication is that either the work or the materials used to repave those streets may be suspect.
The city says it may put any of the four contractors who’s work from last year is now falling apart, on the hook to repair the work they did.
Here’s the full story, “Complaint about cracks in repaved street triggers citywide audit.”
This weekend (March 7th-9th) Western Avenue will be closed to all traffic to allow for the city to remove a railroad bridge in the Bucktown neighborhood.
The Chicago Department of Transportation says Western will be closed between Wabansia Avenue (1700 North) and Cortland (1900 North) starting at 8 PM Friday night. Work to remove the bridge will go around the clock and will continue no later than 5 AM Monday morning (March 10th).
All vehicular traffic, will be detoured west to California Avenue via North and Armitage Avenues.
The bridge removal is the first stage of bridge improvements for the Bloomingdale Trail construction project. Western Avenue narrows considerably at the bridge causing traffic bottlenecks. Ultimately, a new bridge will be installed.
The bridge removal project was originally scheduled for early February, but due to the excessive amount of snow and extremely cold weather, it was postponed.
CBS 2 had an super important expose on parking tickets early this week.
Investigative reporter Pam Zekman looked into the problem of city Parking Enforcement Aides (PEA) taking photos for parking tickets to be used as evidence a violation has occurred. Two drivers who received parking tickets claim the photos did not support a violation and when they contested by mail, the Department of Administrative Hearings upheld the ticket.
Both drivers were outraged.
Ald. Waguespack Slams Report As ‘Flawed & Misleading’
But Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd), the meter lease deal’s most vocal critic, says Mayor Emanuel’s analysis is “flawed and misleading”.
The Mayor’s press release touts a study which says drivers saved $8.7 million from parking for free at parking meters on Sundays while revenues from extended evening hours at meters have resulted in just $6.6 million–about $800,000 less than expected.
This translates into a net savings for drivers of $2.1 million according to the Mayor’s Office.
“This is a bad deal that we couldn’t make go away, but we did make it a little less bad for the next 70 years while adding some breaks for Chicagoans along the way,” Mayor Emanuel said in a press release issued Wednesday morning.
The driver stopped.
That’s what Barnet Fagel ascertained when he looked at the video of a driver who was given a red light camera ticket by Chicago after he allegedly took a right on red without stopping.
The minor controversy was sparked by a story by the Tribune’s Problem Solver columnist Jon Yates.
Fagel took it upon himself to analyze the driver’s video to see if he actually stopped.
“He stopped,” says Barnet Fagel. “He definitely came to a complete stop. The first time he tries to stop, but doesn’t come to a complete stop until he pulled up past the stop bar to check oncoming traffic.”
Christie Hernandez was angry.
She had shoveled out a parking space in front of her home through the entire snow-filled winter and used orange safety cones to “reserve” her space on a public street according to DNA Info.
So when someone had the audacity to move her cones and park their Mercedes Benz in “her” spot, she took action.
She took a metal key and raked it along the side of the Mercedes.
Did he stop…or not?