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world a better place to improve the best and let the rest go to pot? Your comment about local


politicos’pet projects is a cheap shot, John. The local politicos get elected by promoting an agenda, and it seems wholly appropriate, if a little surprising, if a politician should actu- ally dowhat they said theywould do. That pesky democracy again. What they cannot do under our


law is to go off on a tangent. Trans- port improvements, yes. Environ- mental improvements, yes. Forty- foot statues ofMickeyMouse, no. In the much quoted LA neighborhood example, who decided how to spend the money? Local politicos, I sus- pect, be they elected councillors or neighborhood activists with no man- date but with loud voices. A hit, a palpable hit! “If people


knew where the money from parking went, they would stop bitching so much” (to paraphrase your words, John).We as an industry are absolutely the worst at giving the good news, and I agree 100%with what you say. For example, London boroughs provide special transit sys-


tems and taxi ride systems for the elderly and disabled, and these are often funded entirely frommeter revenues.No one is going to say these shouldn’t be provided, but do we say where the money comes from? No. Do we put a sign on the bus that says “the cost of this bus is paid for by parkingmeter income?” No. Perhaps the biggest skills gap in the parking industry is pub-


lic relations. Interestingly, UK laws require that everymunicipal- ity produces and publishes an annual parking account. Do they? Hell, they are rarer than hen’s teeth. Here’s a thought, John.At PIE in the U.S. and Parkex in the


UK, let’s put together a program to bring a busload of guys from the Colonies to see what happens in the Mother Country for a week and vice versa.Who knows; wemight all learn something.


From JVH: A notorious publisher (William Randolph


Hearst) supposedly once said, Never argue with someone who has an infinite amount of newsprint and an infinite amount of ink. Continued on Page 34


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