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requiring such spaces. As noted above, where does it end? Dis- abled, OK, I can buy that – however, only because they need a bit of extra space to get their paraphernalia organized, and that’s just fine. But the rest? I have to agree with a woman quoted in the article: “But


Betty Johnson of Roseville doesn’t like giving away the best parking spots to the gas-savers. ‘If they are fuel-efficient, maybe they can park farther away, right?’”


City of Bell (CA) – It Just Keeps Going And Going (Posted March 2)


The trial of eight Bell, CA officials, including the city man-


ager who was paid $800,000 a year, is under way, and every day is a new revelation. (Thanks to Wanda on PT’s Facebook page for pointing out this gem. It’s a grabber: “Bell police memo out- lines ‘baseball game’ targeting drivers”). Seems the police department was playing baseball with


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parking citations and other police activity. The game was set up so that an officer could accrue “hits” based on the number and type of citations written. A simple parking ticket got a single, a misdemeanor arrest garnered a double, a felony arrest a triple, and a home run was a felony arrest when the crime was observed by the officer. You can see the complete list here. The LATimes reporters seemed horrified by the revelation.


I’m not so sure. It all goes back to how aggressive we want our police to be.


The idea of posting officer’s successes and letting the entire world see them, and using a sports analogy to reflect them, seems rather inventive. I may have a problem with officers who ‘nail’ someone who parked 30 seconds past the meter time, but a judicious selection of citations and arrests could make the pro- gram work well. What if you gave home runs to officers who received kudus


from citizens? What if a normal first-time parking ticket got no hits, but the discovery of a scofflaw got you a double? Red zones could be singles, and fire hydrants and street blockages triples. You could adjust the list to fit the needs of a neighborhood


or requirements of the city. If there are a lot of burglaries in an area, maybe a home run for catching a perp would motivate a few extra drive-throughs. The idea of police officers focusing on finding felons, seek-


ing out problems, keeping a sharp eye on areas that attract bad elements seems good to me. It’s a management tool. It must be used with supervision


and with a thoughtful hand. But rewarding officers for doing a good job, even if it’s only peer recognition, seems like a good thing – even in the corrupt city of Bell.


Parking Equipment and Service (Posted March 2)


I was talking to a buddy about his revenue control system.


He runs an extremely large complex with six garages, surface lots, more than 15,000 spaces in a central city. He did nothing but gripe about the system he had had for 15 years. I asked him why he didn’t replace it. He said that it wasn’t a good business decision. The system worked, he said. It met his needs, but it also required a lot of maintenance (it was a decade and a half


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