Category Archives: Parking Ticket TV
Department of Revenue Director Bea Reyna-Hickey, takes a moment to inform scofflaws on the many ways they can pay their parking and red light camera tickets from the City of Chicago, as well as sharing some good advice.
UPDATE #2: This seems to be a huge, HUGE story in Eugene. A more recent report from KEZI TV devotes over 10 minutes of video news coverage to this story and provides testimony from witnesses that back up Mr. Bond’s story and that he did not harass the parking enforcement officer in the way described in the police charges.
In addition, the police admit Bond did not obstruct the officer by plugging the meters (although there is a separate law on the books that makes feeding other people’s meters illegal).
Bond’s fine was $810, but he vows to fight the charges in court.
Check out the full story and video.
UPDATE: KVAL TV in Eugene, OR is reporting additional facts that seem to contradict the arrested man’s account of the situation. It makes him out to be much more of an aggressor and verbally abusive toward the ticket writer. They claim he followed the parking enforcement officer for three blocks in his vehicle while verbally haranguing her. It was this behavior and a fear for her safety, according to city officials, that prompted the parking enforcement officer to call for police.
Thanks to John Adams for the tip.
A Good Samaritan in Eugene, OR had a run in with a parking enforcement officer for feeding the parking meters of complete strangers.
30 year old Benjamin Bond got angry with an enforcement agent writing tickets on the street, parked his truck, fed his meter and then, armed with a pocketful of change, plunked coins into a block full of parking meters.
But saving a bunch of drivers from an expensive expired meter ticket, brought three cops out to slap the cuffs on him and drag him to jail. He was charged with “harassment and obstruction of governmental administration.”
It sounds oddly reminiscent of a run in this writer had with a Parking Enforcement Aide last spring.
Remember, it’s not illegal to feed someone’s parking meter in Chicago.
With Elizabeth Brackett refereeing the verbal melee over the recent filing of the lawsuit against the parking meter lease deal, there were three political heavyweights in the ring.
In one corner, Clint “La Ley” Krislov, who is the lead attorney on the lawsuit.
In the second corner, Chicago Reader political reporter, Mick “The Bruiser” Dumke.
In the third corner, 50th Ward Alderman Berny “The Grump” Stone.
It was Krislov who came out swinging early in the segment, with Stone, who backs the parking meter lease deal, getting some defensive jabs in. Finally, Dumke jumped into the fray, going toe to toe with Stone, driving “The Grump” into a defensive tailspin
It didn’t seem that Stone was taking very kindly to the ass whuppin’ Dumke was giving him on the facts of the deal. Often, as it is in politics, the old guard doesn’t like to get schooled by young bucks like Dumke.
The problem for Stone was, outside of the people who originally wrote the several pounds of lease deal, know one knows the details of this deal better than Dumke.
You see, unlike most of the City Council, Dumke actually read the deal.
So, Stone, despite his pathetic attempts to defend the deal, came off flustered, defensive and looking like a schill for the Daley Administration.
The winner by TKO…Mick “The Bruiser” Dumke.
Ding, ding, ding,ding…
UPDATE: We’re not the only ones giving Mick a pat on the back today.
First, Angela Caputo of Progress Illinois has a mini-transcript of one of the more heated exchanges between the two and a video excerpt of said exchange.
Here’s some video from the parking meter protest at City Hall on July 29th.
The video was put together by ANSWER Chicago, one of the groups that helped organize the protest, so there’s a bit of underlying propaganda in the video.
So, take it for what it’s worth.
ABC 7′s Theresa Guttierez reports on the arrests of the meter protesters in the city’s South Chicago neighborhood Wednesday.
Guttierez reports both women will be held in jail overnight.
A lot of media was on hand for the “Stop The Meters” protest in South Chicago on Friday morning, including Kristyn Hartman of CBS 2.
Hartman does a pretty good job of covering the protest and the issue.
Sheesh! What a headache.
CBS 2′s Vince Gerasole is reporting that some new Pay & Display units that have been installed over the past two weeks, have the incorrect help line phone number listed on them.
“The number you have reached has been disconnected…” is what you hear when you call the number on some of these pay box units.
The number seems to be off by one digit.
Overall, it’s not a huge deal, but considering all the other problems Chicago Parking Meters, LLC has been having veins in heads throbbing, all over City Hall and at CPM/LAZ.
It could take two weeks to rectify the problem.
Take two and call me in the morning!
Carol Marin, of NBC 5, does a very nice job showing how businesses in Albany Park seem to be suffering from the recent parking meter rate increases in a piece entitled Meter Madness: Bad For Business.
It happens all the time.
Handicapped placard abuse goes on routinely in Chicago and seems to increasing as parking meter rates have gone through the roof.
The scam is when able-bodied people use the handicapped placards of others to park for free at parking meters all over the city.
CBS 2′s Dave Savini did a stakeout downtown and caught a lot of people trying to game the system this way.
Tune in CBS 2 tomorrow at 10 PM for Meter Cheaters part 2.
Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman will join Fox Chicago Sunday to discuss the IGO’s recent report excoriating Daley’s parking meter lease deal.
Fox Chicago Sunday airs at 8:30 Sunday morning on Fox 32.