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Is It For The Money, Or A Political Statement?
Since September 17th, approximately 20 of the new, high tech pay and display parking meters have been stolen off city streets. So far four units have been recovered according to police.
More than half the pay box thefts have occurred in Area 5, which is generally the northwest part of the city. Area 5 police detectives have been working with LAZ Parking staff hopefully get to the bottom of the parking meter caper.
Removing five foot tall monstrosities would be quite a feat as, beyond weighing 200 lbs, they are also bolted to the cement.
The effort involved in removing and opening one of these units would not seem worth the amount of the quarters stored inside the machine. Because the pay boxes accept credit and debit cards and meter rates have increased so dramatically, it’s not a surprise that the bulk of the payment transactions are not paid in coin.
In a breathless piece in today Sun-Times, city hall reporter Fran Spielman reports the unbelievable news that the recently re-deployed ticket writers on behalf of Chicago Parking Meters, LLC are actually…writing tickets.
Oh! My! God!
Who would have thought this would happen!
I’m speechless from shock.
CPM Estimates $11 Billion In Meter Revenues Over 75 Years
When different studies and analysis of the much debated Chicago parking meter lease deal were released and brought to the notice of the public over the past 18 months, all were pooh-poohed, if not belittled outright by the Daley Administration.
Each time a major study came out, Chicago’s chief financial officer, Gene Saffold was trotted out to extol the benefits and reiterate what a great deal the city got when it leased it’s 36,000 space parking meter system for $1.16 billion over 75 years.
That dimwit Parking Ticket Geek joins the affable and talented Bob Sirott Monday morning on WGN 720 AM.
Make yourself a bowl of Chicago Blackhawks adorned Wheaties and hear the two discuss the resumption of parking meter enforcement Monday by Chicago Parking Meters, LLC.
Pour your milk at around 6:30 AM, so your cereal doesn’t get too soggy.
“Matt Darst has decided to leave the City of Chicago Department of Revenue for a position in the private sector,” said colleague and DOR spokesperson Ed Walsh. “Matt told me it was a difficult and deeply personal decision, and he is honored to have had the privilege to work for the people of Chicago.”
Since joining the DOR in 1995, armed with a law degree from DePaul, Darst quickly rose to the position of Deputy Managing Director and ultimately winding up as the number two position within the department, and Director Bea Reyna-Hickey’s right hand man.
No one had to feed meters on Sunday in Chicago before 2009.
That was until parking meter privatization came along.
Now, parking meters have to be fed every day of the year and it’s really messing with some Chicago church goers according to the Chicago Tribune.