I find Don Patterson’s (assistant director of the Finance Department) remarks about the parking both arrogant and insulting (“Feeling the parking pinch,” Oct. 3). Probably “not many people have complained” because it doesn’t do any good when you have the city politicians and bureaucrats who have sold out to the developers, and haven’t met a new fee they can’t find a way to pass to their constituents, continue with their greed.

I have lost numerous coins to the “new” meters, have called the number on the meter and given the meter number and amount that I lost, and have never had any response. Granted, it’s not a lot of money, but it is the principle that Santa Monica is more than happy to “steal” this revenue. If it’s my last dime, and I don’t get credited in the meter, and I get a ticket as a result, guess who pays the huge parking fine. Now, they’ve made it very expensive to have lunch, run errands, or shop in the center of town.

The powers that be in the city have made it clear that the only drummer they march to is the almighty dollar, and citizens be damned. I work here, but live in the Marina, and try to get out of town as fast as possible after my work day. They are ruining Santa Monica for everyone but the City Hall nitwits! Greed, greed, greed. That’s the name of the game.


Catherine Weinberger

Marina del Rey, Calif.

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