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Clerk Mendoza Blasts State Of City’s Computer Network
Neither rain nor snow, nor sleet nor City of Chicago system wide computer network crash shall keep this year’s city stickers from being sold.
Even though the city’s entire computer infrastructure suffered a paralyzing failure on Thursday, June 7th, where city business essentially ground to a halt, the Chicago City Clerk’s office was able to keep on selling this year’s city stickers at its three locations.
The City Clerk’s office had developed a manual backup system in anticipation of just such an event, ironically, as a result of a series of similar computer network outages almost exactly a year before.
Because the City Clerk’s office’s electronic sales system is dependent on the city’s computer network, last year city sticker sales stopped too when the city’s computer system goes down.
“Last year the City’s computer system crashed four times during our busiest sales period and we had no way of selling city vehicle stickers to thousands of customers,” said City Clerk Susana Mendoza. “That was unacceptable to me. And when I couldn’t be reassured that this would be fixed in time for our sales period this year, I had our staff create a back up in person sales system that could be launched within minutes of any issues with the City’s computer system.”
Every year during Chicago’s annual city vehicle sticker season, each of the city’s 50 aldermen, host a one-day sale to give their constituents the convenience of purchasing their sticker close to home.
“Our City Vehicle Sticker sales in each ward office are always very popular,” says City Clerk Susana Mendoza. “I’m proud to partner with each Alderman to offer this convenient service, Like last year, this year I will be going to each ward sale to see our operations first-hand and hear ideas from Chicago drivers on how we can improve our sticker sales and services to constituents.”
Ward office sales kicked off successfully Wednesday with over 300 city stickers purchased at the 48th Ward office of Alderman Harry Osterman located at 5533 N. Broadway.
One month earlier than in past years, City Clerk Susana Mendoza has opened sales for Chicago city vehicle stickers a full month early starting today.
Historically, in-person city sticker sales began June 1st for the month of June, but then drivers were given a 15 day grace period from July 1st to July 15th to buy and get their sticker onto their car’s windshield.
“We’ve made a number of changes to this year’s vehicle sticker sales process,
including extending the sales period to help reduce in person wait times and allow ample time for people to purchase their sticker,” said Clerk Mendoza. “We’ve already seen a dramatic increase in our online sales, with nearly 13,000 more stickers sold in the first week of online sales compared to last year.”
City Sticker Sales Start Six Weeks Earlier Than Previous Years
During an afternoon press conference Tuesday, Chicago City Clerk unveiled a new, uncontroversial city sticker design and at the same time, debuted some major changes to how and when city stickers are sold.
Clerk Mendoza announced that both online and in-person sales for city stickers will start much earlier than in previous years.
Online sales for city stickers will start this coming Monday, April 23rd on a newly redesigned, easier to use city sticker sales website called EZBuy. That’s three weeks earlier than last year.
“No one better buy their sticker by using the mail or standing in line,” joked the Clerk after showing off some of the new website’s bells and whistles.
It’s not like there are people are dying in the world or that we’re well into an election year or there are major tensions currently in the Middle East.
But the media’s preoccupation with this damn city sticker design controversy seems to be defying logic.
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
This popular idiom was never more true, and more dramatic in Chicago this week for City Clerk Susana Mendoza.
Faced with some incendiary allegations that this year’s winning city sticker design contained covert gang symbols, and with the deadline to go to press with the 2012-2013 city sticker just a few days away, Mendoza had to move quickly.
After the story originated on local police blog Detective Shaved Longcock, news media brought the alleged issues with city sticker design contest winner Herbie Pulgar’s artwork to the Clerk’s attention Tuesday afternoon. The Clerk’s office immediately reached out to Pulgar’s school, Lawrence Hall School to investigate the issue.
Can you believe it?
It took 26 years for a gentleman’s city sticker renewal to come via U.S. mail to the Chicago City Clerk’s office.
With Mayor Rahm Emanuel desperately trying to figure out any possible way to generate more revenue for a cash starved city, he proposed the brilliant idea of raising the cost of city stickers $15 on heavier passenger vehicles last week.
On the surface, it was easy to shrug off the notion because only people with those evil gas guzzlers would be affected. But what the Mayor failed to make clear was that the city would also lower the weight for this heavier vehicle classification from the current 4500 pounds to 4000.
This added a whole heckuva lot more cars to the SUV class with nearly 200,000 more vehicles paying almost double of what they paid this year. Cars like the Ford Taurus, the Ford Explorer and mini vans like the Toyota Sienna.
The main argument the city made in defense of this proposal was that heavier vehicles–even ones as light as 4000 pounds–are more damaging to city streets because of their weight.
Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza stopped by Channel 11′s Chicago Tonight Studios Thursday evening to explain her opposition to Mayor Emanuel’s proposed city sticker price increases and vehicle weight reclassification.
Plan Increases Sticker Fee For 355,000 Vehicle Owners
Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza doesn’t want to see an increase in the fees for Chicago city vehicle stickers.
She even campaigned against raising city sticker costs.
So it wasn’t a surprise when Mendoza, minutes after Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave his budget speech to the Chicago City Council calling for, among other things, an increase in city sticker fees for larger vehicles or SUVs and trucks, she voiced strong opposition to the measure
“I am adamantly opposed to raising any city vehicle sticker fees and this is the first I have heard of any such increase,” said Clerk Mendoza, who seemed blindsided by Mayor Emanuel’s proposal. “The large passenger sticker fee was last increased in 2007 by $30. The proposed $15 sticker price increase would amount to a 12.5% price hike in only 5 years, which is unacceptable at a time when people’s pocketbooks are stretched to the maximum already.”