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Parking Meter Company Enforcement Crews Writing Millions Of Dollars In Tickets Every Year

An enforcement vehicle for CPM sits parked at a parking meter in the Wicker Park neighborhood.

An enforcement vehicle for CPM sits parked at a parking meter in the Wicker Park neighborhood.

For the past few years, city parking meter enforcement crews have had a private team of ticket writers helping them do their jobs — and helping fill the city’s coffers with millions of dollars in additional revenues.

The team actually works for Chicago Parking Meters LLC, the private company that took over control of the city’s 36,000 metered-parking spaces in the infamous 75-year deal that jacked up parking rates and lengthened the hours of enforcement all over the city.

But part of the deal the company made with the city gave it the right to help enforce the meters — by writing more tickets than the cash-strapped city’s own parking enforcers could do otherwise.

In fact, the company has very quietly issued hundreds of thousands of tickets for expired meter violations since 2010, city parking data obtained through a Freedom of Information request shows.

Meter teams working for Chicago Parking Meters now write nearly one-third of all tickets issued citywide for expired meter violations, the data shows.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Mayor’s Sunday Parking Meter Promise Still Remains Unkept

Corporation Counsel Stephen Patton and Mayor Rahm Emanuel listen to aldermen debate the renegotiated parking meter lease deal this past spring.

Corporation Counsel Stephen Patton and Mayor Rahm Emanuel listen to aldermen debate the renegotiated parking meter lease deal this past spring.

Six months after the City Council passed a renegotiated parking meter lease, business leaders and aldermen in some wards say free Sunday parking has led to low meter turnover — which means fewer customers are able to park and shop in the neighborhoods.

Kevin Vaughn, owner of a handful of restaurants and bars, including Lakeview’s Mystic Celt and Vaughn’s Pub, said he was trying to find parking outside one of his businesses early Sunday morning and most of the metered spots were filled — a problem that began after free Sunday parking began.

“Eighty percent of the spots were filled at 8 a.m.,” Vaughn said. “In Lakeview, Sunday is the second busiest commercial business day of the week. Ultimately [free metered parking] is bad for business.”

The revised agreement with Chicago Parking Meters LLC made changes that the Emanuel administration said give the city more control over the meter system than the original agreement, and free Sunday parking was one major change Emanuel wanted to see in the new deal.

But that didn’t sit well with a handful of City Council members.

Read more at DNA Info.

Video: The Expired Meter On CAN-TV’s Issue Forum-Part 2

Here’s Part 2 of a recent conversation The Expired Meter’s nitwit publisher The Parking Ticket Geek had with Frank Avila, the host of CAN-TV‘s Issue Forum.

The two discussed the city’s notorious parking meter lease deal, the new speed camera program, ways to possibly avoid speed camera tickets as well as tips for fighting improper parking tickets.

Here’s Part 1 of the interview with the Geek if you, like many, many others with much better things to do, happened to have missed it.

Video: The Expired Meter On CAN-TV’s Issue Forum

Frank Avila, the host of CAN-TV‘s Issue Forum interviewed The Expired Meter’s publisher and resident nutjob, the Parking Ticket Geek recently.

The two discussed the city’s notorious parking meter lease deal, the new speed camera program, ways to possibly avoid speed camera tickets as well as tips for fighting improper parking tickets.

This is part one of the interview.

Putting Lipstick On The Parking Meter Pig Of A Lease Deal

Mara Georges was the City of Chicago’s Corporation Counsel under former Mayor Richard M. Daley back in 2008 and until he retired from office two years ago.

Corporation Counsel is just a fancy way of saying Georges was the “top lawyer” for the city or better yet, head of the city’s law department.

She was also someone who helped negotiate Mayor Daley’s infamous parking meter lease deal which sold off the city’s entire metered parking system for $1.16 billion for 75 years, caused meter rates to become the highest in the nation and cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars in extra fees that had to be paid to the new parking meter company.

It is considered by many to be the worst deal in the history of the city.

But despite the tsunami flood of evidence to support this assertion, Georges has recently gone on the record still fully supporting the meter lease fiasco.

In an interview in May with Crain’s Chicago Business, she says:

Even Tall Ships Need To Feed Chicago’s Parking Meters

New print ad for Tall Ships Chicago

The Tall Ships return to Chicagothis weekend.

A contingent of the historical old sailing ships will be here through Sunday at Navy Pier.

While sailing is not one of the topics usually covered at The Expired Meter, we felt the print advertising for event to be quite humorous and timely.

The ad was created by local ad agency Two By Four Chicago, which takes the now iconic Chicago parking meter and uses the frustration and headaches they’ve caused local drivers to create a pretty hilarious image of a sea captain from the 1700′s paying for street parking.

Biz Journal’s Lewis Lazare, who writes about advertising and marketing explains it this way:

NYT Says Chicago Meter System ‘One Of World’s Best’

An old school parking meter from before the notorious Chicago parking meter lease came into being in 2008 adds its two cents.

Uh…what?!?

A writer on a New York Times blog claims “Today, the Chicago Metered Parking System is considered one of the world’s best.”?

So says Kent Rowey in a July 15th piece extolling the benefits of public-private partnerships.

It’s hard to take exception with the thesis of his entire piece, which is that privatization is a way for cash strapped cities to find large transfusions of money from private entities.

But here’s what he says about the Chicago deal:

Hyde Park Residents, Businesses Monitoring Free Sunday Parking

Ald. Will Burns (4th)

Parking on 53rd Street in Hyde Park can be tough.

53rd is one of Hyde Park’s main drags and suffers much of the same traffic and parking congestion issues as it’s Northside counterparts like Clark St., Lincoln Ave., Halsted St. and Milwaukee Ave.

While several Northside aldermen are fighting to regain paid metered parking on Sundays in their ward, Alderman Will Burns (4th) who’s ward includes Hyde Park, is taking a wait and see attitude on free Sundays according to the Hyde Park Herald.

The same goes for some of the local business owners, including the owner of the well known Valois Restaurant, who seem to be on the fence whether to get rid of free parking on Sunday on 53rd St.

Free Sunday Parking At City Meters Starts This Weekend

For the first time in more than four years, Chicago drivers will be able to park for free at most city parking meters on Sundays beginning this weekend.

Before 2009, except for a few small areas of the city, Chicago drivers never had to feed a parking meter on Sundays. But that perk vanished with all other parking meter holidays when the city, under former Mayor Richard M. Daley, leased the city’s metered parking spaces for 75 years and $1.16 billion dollars in December of 2008.

But free Sundays are officially back at neighborhood parking meters starting this weekend under a revised agreement with Chicago Parking Meters, LLC — the company which now controls the city’s parking meter system.

Bringing back free Sundays was a major part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pitch to Chicago drivers and aldermen to sell them on the revised parking meter deal his team renegotiated with CPM over the past several months.

“As one resident told me, ‘you shouldn’t have to pay to go to church’,” Emanuel said at a press conference announcing the proposed changes back in April. “Whether you go to church or not, everyone deserves a break from feeding parking meters in our neighborhoods on Sunday.”

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Mayor Stonewalling in Sunday Parking Deal, Some Aldermen Say

Some aldermen trying to opt out of free parking at metered spaces on Sundays under the recently renegotiated meter lease deal say they are getting the runaround from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office.

During hearings on the revised parking meter lease deal several weeks ago, Corporation Counsel Stephen Patton assured aldermen that if they wanted to keep paid parking on Sundays in their wards to control business traffic they would have the support of Emanuel.

But now, several aldermen are seeing resistance from a mayor’s office which seems to want to control the process of which wards are allowed to keep paid parking on Sundays, they say.

Two recent developments: an ordinance that would have preserved metered parking on some streets in Lakeview and Lincoln Park was not on Wednesday’s agenda for the full City Council, and a note aldermen received Tuesday night from Emanuel’s office seeking more information.

On Monday, Ald. Tunney (44th) and Ald. Smith (43rd) introduced an ordinance at the Pedestrian and Traffic Safety committee meeting that would preserve paid Sunday parking at meters on streets in the retail shopping districts located in their wards, a move they say would help business owners who need a turnover in the spots so customers can park.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.