Runaway Mayor’s success story city still not the image of success.
Wanted for questioning:
City police eventually solved that case when they found the severed heads piled up in a homeless camp and made an arrest.
Now they’re releasing surveillance images of the latest suspected parking meter pilferer.
“We believe he is transient. He does frequent the downtown area, but hopefully once this photograph gets blasted out on the news tonight we’ll be able to figure out exactly who he is,” said Stockton Officer Joseph Silva.
Not only is this trend of thefts disturbing, t’s also costly for the city of Stockton.
Each topless meter represents about $800 worth of replacement fees, installation fees and missing revenue.
Just multiply that by the 682 that have been sliced off with pipe cutters or pried off in the last year and the cost adds up to almost $546,000.
Downtown Reave Around – Stockton Parking Meters Robbed
The idea is controversial in a town that prides itself on being “America’s Last Hometown.”
Those opposed to adding parking meters downtown, at Lovers Point and along parts of Central Avenue said it will take away from the city’s charm. “I don’t want it in the downtown area. It would lose all its ambiance,” store owner Dee Moore said.Others said they worry shoppers won’t want to pay for parking in front of downtown shops.
The so called ambiance was lost long ago, chopped up, sold, painted over and resold. It was replaced by by phony charm that requires sandwich board signs to direct you to the merchandise you just cannot live without. Bah! Anything worth spending money on should stand on it’s own.
For one, the meters may increase the the number of spaces available as cheap merchants quit parking their cars all day long in prime spaces
Though I think we would need 3000 meters to make $6,000,000. There’s reportedly 100 meters by the ATC that bring in $1,800 per year per meter.
The Parking Meters May Multiply
Pacific Grove’s financial problems are more serious than originally thought, said the city manager, who added that services and city jobs might have to be cut to fix the problem.
City Manager Jim Colangelo initially projected that the general fund would fall short by about $700,000 in the 2007-08 fiscal year. But he said late last week that the city will run out of money during the second half of this fiscal year if cuts aren’t made soon.
Colangelo said he will soon recommend new sources of revenues, possibly including funds from sales tax initiatives, increasing hotel or property transfer taxes and more parking meters.
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