Apart from the steeper parking costs around town, considerable civic goodwill has been lost with the greedy new parking meters. It’s no longer possible to put a quarter in the meter for a stranger whose meter is about to expire or wait for a driver to get in position to take one’s still full meter.

At a time when every job counts, there is still confusion on the part of citizenry and tourists regarding the parking structure payment machines with regularly stalled exit lines as proof.

I often wonder when in one of these lines how many times over the salary of a permanent employee at the exit would pay for itself in easing everyone out rather than the reality of stalled lines, lost time, inhaled fumes and frustration?


Mary Kay Gordon

Santa Monica

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