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In fact, NYC is citing Chicago by name, as the model for what not to do to successfully pull off a meter privatization deal according to the Wall Street Journal.
The WSJ is reporting New York City issued a request for qualification (RFQ) for potential vendors to manage the city’s 80,000+ metered parking spaces on Monday. This is the first step towards requesting bids for the contract and eventually awarding a vendor with a deal to manage the nation’s biggest parking meter system grossing $150 million a year, while netting $93 million a year for the city.
While the Chicago Sun-Times’ gossip columnist Michael Sneed is reporting about Parking Enforcement Aide Jamila Judkins recently charged with taking a $20 bribe in the form of a personal check to make a parking ticket disappear, the original alleged incident of bribery is nearly three years old.
The alleged bribe took place in March, 2009 in the West Rogers Park neighborhood and was originally reported on Ken’s Blog a week after the original incident with all the juicy details.
This site had reached out to the young man who wrote the $20 check in May, 2009 to get more information and try to confirm some of the details. He responded, and asked for us to keep his name out of any story.
Ultimately, when we didn’t get a response from the driver after tendering some followup questions to the original email, and therefore unable to confirm what we thought were crucial details, we decided against publishing the allegations at the time.
But here’s what he said in his email to our original inquiry.
“I was parking on Devon Ave. to go to the bakery. When I got out of the bakery I saw a meter maid giving me a ticket for not paying the meter. When she saw me she said, “since I went in and out of the bakery in five minutes she wasn’t going to give me the ticket”. I told her thank you and began to get into my car. She then said that when she let’s people off she usually gets a little something in return a small fee to her for $20.00. I told her I did not have any cash, and that I only had a check book. She then said I should go into my car and to write the check out to her name. So I went into my car and wrote her the check. She then walked off to go to the bank. When I got home I told my father what happened and he immediately canceled the check. We then went to the police station to file a report. The investigator then called me a few weeks later and had me pick out her picture.
Can I get a ticket for no city sticker if I am legally parked at a meter?
Of course you can be ticketed for a city sticker violation parked at a meter Sagar.
Being legally parked at a meter does not magically project an invisible force field over your vehicle that repels ticket writers from issuing you tickets for other violations.
If your car’s license plate is expired, missing a front plate, parked over 12″ from the curb or not sporting a valid city sticker on the windshield you can be ticketed–even if you have time on the meter.
Candidates Make Meter Lease Deal Cause Celebre
But here we are, three years after Mayor Daley shoved his parking meter lease deal through the city council in 72 hours and three years of consecutive meter rate increases.
And Chicagoans are still angry, no…pissed about it.
Property taxes, public education, police staffing, budget deficits anyone?
Nah! Parking meters.
Every single major mayoral candidate still in the race has slammed the parking meter lease deal and some are trying to ride the issue straight into the Mayor’s office.
On Friday my family & I visited the Shedd aquarium and fed a meter $5 to park until 4:01 p.m.
At 3:45 we made our way out of the aquarium, but as we were walking past the lockers heading out of the accessible exit, my 2 year old grabbed a door and shook it – and got her thumb pinched between the doors. She instantly shrieked and a blood blister appeared on her thumb. We sat, calmed, consoled, and bandaged as quickly as was humanly possible.
We grabbed our stuff and walked as briskly as you can lugging a 2 year old and a 5 month old, and just as we rounded the odd fountain with the man holding a fish, we could see flashing lights, and my watch read 4:01.
By the time we hit the crosswalk we could see him at our car, and when we reached our car at 4:04 we had a ticket that read 4:03. BAH.
I know since it’s a meter we don’t fall under the 5 minute grace period, but is it worth pleading our sob story? We’ve NEVER had a parking ticket.
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.
The Reverend C. H. North, of Oklahoma’s City’s Third Pentecostal Holiness Church, drove his automobile downtown, and parked at a spot in front of one of those new-fangled devices called the Park-O-Meter the newspapers had been talking about.
Park-O-Meters, the brand name of the first parking meters were just recently invented, and the first batch of 150 had just been installed the month before creating sort of a hub-bub around town over those past few weeks.
North stepped out of his car, and wiping sweat from his forehead stepped into the hot and dusty street. He walked to the curb where the meter was planted in cement just in front of his automobile, and read the gadget.
It demanded 5 cents to park there.
The good Reverend checked his right pocket, and then his left. A few pennies, a dime, a quarter and a few silver dollars, landed in the palm of his hand. But there were no nickels.
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.
As you dig through your pockets for a quarter to pay for your parking spot today, you have an additional reason to curse your parking meter.
Today, for urban motorists everywhere, this day could be labeled an anniversary of evil.
Because this day in 1935, the very first parking meter was installed at the corner of First Street and Robinson Avenue, in downtown Oklahoma City, OK.
According to the Chicago Tribune, it seems Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) very generously spent $52,000 of her aldermanic budget, to allow residents to park overnight for free in a park district lot located at 55th and South Shore Drive.
Recently, the park district added parking meters to many of its lakefront parking lots. Hairston wanted to give constituents a break and paid for 100 spaces to be used from 7 PM to 9 AM.