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Chicago Tribune Rehashes Website’s Reporting On Savings From Revised Meter Lease Deal

meterfail600In an awesome job of re-reporting a story reported by The Expired Meter two months ago, the Chicago Tribune recently published a piece breaking down numbers which shows the city is paying less to Chicago Parking Meters, LLC than it had previously.

Again, as originally reported back in May, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration renegotiated the much criticized parking meter lease deal signed by Mayor Richard Daley in 2008. Under the revised deal, numbers seem to indicate that payments made to CPM for temporary meter closures, metered spaces taken out of service and other events reducing the value of the metered parking system have been drastically reduced.

Bills which topped $53 million in one year, are now just over $6 million a year.

Appellate Court Upholds Chicago’s Parking Meter Lease Deal

meter-fail-2After fighting a five-year uphill legal battle, a state appellate court has upheld the legality of Chicago’s infamous parking meter lease deal according to the Chicago Reader.

The lawsuit, filed by attorney Clint Krislov on behalf of the IVI-IPO, challenged the state constitutionality of the 2008 deal.

Krislov main argument was that the “True-up” payments the city has to pay Chicago Parking Meters, LLC, any time the city has to make changes to the public way that affects meter revenue is a de facto surrender of the city’s police powers.

But, despite the judge’s sympathy with Krislov on how bad the deal is for the city, they say that’s not enough to reverse the deal.

The Reader quotes the June 20th decision which says:

Professor Discovers Even More Problems With Parking Meter Deal

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

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

It’s hard to believe the infamous 2008 parking meter lease deal could continue to become an even larger failure than it already is. However, according to a local academic the meter deal continues to surpass everyone’s expectations of what’s already considered a fiasco.

Roosevelt University professor of sociology Stephanie Farmer was curious to know how the meter lease deal affected what she termed “street-level planning”, so she interviewed local transportation planners.

Farmer recently published some of her findings at Next City and what her research indicates is that the meter lease deal is making it difficult and potentially very expensive for Chicago to make significant changes and/or improvements to city streets.

Illinois Appellate Court Hears Parking Meter Lawsuit Arguments

meterfail600The wheels of justice turn very, very slowly.

That’s why, despite being originally filed in 2009, the lawsuit challenging the state constitutionality of Chicago’s 2008 parking meter lease deal is just now being considered by the Illinois Appellate Court in 2014.

According to Chicago Reader reporter Mick Dumke who was at court Thursday, a three-judge panel heard oral arguments from lead attorney Clint Krislov on behalf of the IVI-IPO on Thursday. Krislov argued the city turned over its “police powers” to Chicago Parking Meters, LLC thus giving up its ability to effectively regulate parking, traffic and the public way. This is something at odds with the Illinois state constitution according to Krislov.

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: