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Viewpoint - January 26, 2011

Letter: Can ticketed parkers use council's ethics defense?

In regard to your recent article entitled "Four of five Menlo council members skipped ethics training:" In a city that ruthlessly and eagerly fines and holds accountable in hard dollars and annoyances its citizens and visitors for one minute or one inch of a parking violation, the City Council's discounting of their own failures to follow state laws by years is, to be polite, underwhelming.

Would you kindly ask the council members: Can citizens and visitors now offer the same defense against municipal parking citations that the council members openly used as their defense against state law violations, or are council members entitled to different standards than the citizens they are supposed to be serving?

My point is that while one can hardly endorse the council's failures here, I would hope that they would take to heart their "day-to-day life" response to their infractions, and ease up — radically ease-up — on the brutal parking policies that they seem to endorse.

John Neil Weintraut, Palo Alto

Comments

Posted by Kathy Schrenk, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 29, 2011 at 10:32 am

Here here John! You are certainly not alone in your frustration with both the council and the city's parking enforcement. They don't seem to realize that it is hurting downtown businesses.


Posted by Ed, a resident of Atherton: other
on Jan 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

The city must run itself off of those parking ticket revenues--it just a way too disguise salary increases and rising pension costs against the budget--they don't care one bit about how it effects the public's desire to park and do business downtown.
I got a 100$ ticket for taking my 87 year old (and very slow moving) father for a bowl of soup at Draegers.


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