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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:

Daley Takes Job With Parking Meter Deal Law Firm

Ex-Mayor Daley gave Chicagoans one last slap in the face after exiting office just a few weeks ago.

This past week, according to Crain’s Chicago Business, Daley took a position at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP–the high powered local law firm which helped negotiate the former mayor’s much criticized parking meter privatization deal.

Drivers May Keep Expired Meter Grace Period

Waguespack To Extend 5-Minute Grace Period Beyond April 1

With just a few weeks before Mayor Daley’s five minute grace period for expired meter violations quietly sunsets on April 1st, 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack has jumped in to help drivers by introducing an amendment to make this ordinance permanent.

Smarting from a constant barrage of criticism over his handling of the privatization of Chicago’s parking meter system, Daley introduced an ordinance early last year that would give drivers parked in a metered space a 5-minute grace period to save them from a $50 ticket if they were a few moments late returning to their car.

Chicago’s Meter Deal Slammed In Washington Times

Thought I’d share this very harsh criticism of the Chicago’s parking meter lease deal and Mayor Daley from the Washington Times.

Two years later and this issue is still making news locally and nationally.

No wonder Mayor Daley decided against running for another term.

Here’s the editorial after the jump and use the scroll function within the embedded box to read.

Mayor Daley Wants You!

Private Enforcement Firm Hiring Parking Ticket Writers

Do you enjoy spreading pain and misery to your fellow Chicagoans?

Is orange your favorite color?

Than we have a job for you!

Private Parking Enforcement Officer.

That’s right, a job patrolling the mean streets of Chicago writing Chicago parking tickets.

SERCO, a private firm with a multi-million dollar city contract, has been supplementing the Chicago’s already substantial parking enforcement force with non-union parking enforcement personnel for several years.

Often SERCO people work later evening hours the Department of Revenue doesn’t typically staff.

SERCO also has enforcement contracts with the City Clerk’s office to write city sticker violations and more recently became the official enforcement arm of Chicago Parking Meters, LLC.

The Parking Meter Fiasco, Part 3

GEEK EDITOR’S NOTE: While Mayor Daley has decided not to run for another term, Jay Stone is now, one of many people running for Mayor of Chicago.

Stone is making the parking meter lease deal one of the main issues of his campaign and estimates Chicago has lost billions of dollars over the 75 years of the lease.

We posted the first part of his three part series and the second part over the past several weeks. Here’s part three of the series.

Mayor Daley Did Not Lease the Parking Meters; He Sold Them

By Jay Stone

The length and terms of Chicago’s parking meter contract clearly indicate the Chicago parking meter agreement was a “sale,” not a lease. Mayor Daley calling Chicago Parking Meter’s 75 year parking contract a “lease” is another of his attempts to deceive the public. Since the law prohibits the sale of Chicago’s parking meters because they’re on the city’s right of way, Daley turned to his doublespeak and described the parking meter agreement as a “lease.”

The Parking Meter Fiasco, Part 2

GEEK EDITOR’S NOTE: While Mayor Daley has decided not to run for another term, Jay Stone is still one of the only (if not only) individuals who has officially said they are running for Mayor of Chicago.

Stone is making the parking meter lease deal one of the main issues of his campaign and estimates Chicago has lost billions of dollars over the 75 years of the lease.

We posted the first part of his three part series two weeks ago. Here’s part two of the series.

Mayoral Candidate Weighs In On Meter Lease Deal

GEEK EDITOR’S NOTE: Jay Stone is one, if not the only person officially in the running in the 2011 Chicago mayoral campaign.

Stone is making the parking meter lease deal one of the main issues of his campaign and estimates Chicago has lost billions of dollars over the 75 years of the lease.

Here’s the first of a three part series.

The Parking Meter Fiasco Part 1

By Jay Stone

Chicago Lost One Billion Dollars or More in Revenue

Daley sold the rights to Chicago’s parking meters for $1.15 billion. Most American cities would consider $1.15 billion a financial bonanza, but the critics of the Chicago parking meter deal strongly disagree. Chicago’s Inspector General’s office said the Daley administration undervalued the parking asset by $1 billion.

Doh! Chicago Forgets National Stop On Red Week Again

Oops! They did it again.

Chicago, the red light camera ticket capital of the United States, forgot again.

Our safety conscious city completely forgot it was National Stop on Red Week for the second year in a row.

Can you believe it?!?

National Stop on Red Week is an annual event that takes place the first week of August, and was started in 2001 to promote safe driving practices and to reinforce to drivers the absolute necessity of always stopping on the red at traffic lights, by the National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running. Cities and states all over the U.S. participate to promote driving safety each year.

It’s hard to believe the City of Chicago forget to participate again.

I mean, I know Mayor Daley is truly concerned about the safety of Chicago drivers.

In fact, since 2003 he’s installed red light cameras at 189 intersections citywide. That’s how much he cares.

You would think a guy that concerned about driving safety would be all over National Stop on Red Week–right?

Poll: 80% Of Voters Still Hate Meter Lease Deal

Local news organizations over the past few days has been spending a lot of time hashing out the latest poll numbers on Mayor Daley.

The most recent Chicago Tribune poll shows an incumbent mayor with some pretty low numbers.

In fact, Mayor Daley’s weakest poll numbers ever.

One of the key issues that has put the Mayor’s favorability at odds with potential voters is the parking meter lease deal.