Mr. [Dave] Simpson’s short article “Parking revenues way up, Jan. 12” leaves out one important contributing factor in this great boon to Santa Monitary’s coffers and that is the fraudulent practice of selling the same time slot to more than one buyer made possible by the new computerized meters. If I buy an hour’s worth of time, but leave in 30 minutes, the meter can sell the remaining half hour again to someone else, and maybe again after that. How is this not theft and double or triple dipping? Those same meters that take our credit card information to charge us can also credit us with our unused time to be applied next time we use that account to purchase parking. Why can’t this petty “Leech by the Beach” empire do as some other cities do and treat the people who bring business to their town with a little common decency?


Bill Worden


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