A Washington Post blogger points out the sad truth that hospitals around the country can tell you what their parking rates are, but not the charges for a test, scan, or operation.
Researchers Jillian Bernstein and Joseph Bernstein called 20 hospitals asking for the price of am electrocardiogram.
In the phone calls, the researchers would say they were uninsured and planning to pay for the test themselves, asking how much that would cost. Three hospitals were able to provide that information. By way of contrast, 19 hospitals were able to respond to a query about how much it would cost to park at the hospital, even when some of those parking prices had a few variables.
It’s true, hospital care and costs have many variables, but providers could at least offer a range or the cost of the procedure with no complications, giving patients an idea what the charges will be.
Parking is an easier service to price. I hope it stays that way – the last thing I need is for it to be added to my insurance premiums.
Read the blog here.
It would be easy to put on my curmudgeon hat and grump around about Football, Turkey, and green bean casserole. But I rather like this day.
First of all, its on Thursday, not Monday. The government in its infinite wisdom hasn’t fiddled with it making it the last Monday in November (so we can have a three day weekend.) The way it is we get a four day weekend. Yeah!
Second, its a good excuse for gluttony. The rest of the year, except for perhaps one’s birthday, you are guilt ridden when you eat and drink more than you should. On Thanksgiving you are supposed to eat more than you should. So there. Yeah!
Third, it harkens to tradition. We get to think about what a group of settlers did 400 years ago and remember, hopefully with a tad of humble pie, just what hard work and perseverance can do. Right on!
Finally its non sectarian. No one has declared “Happy Thanksgiving” non PC. Thank God!
I commend you to your personal thoughts, to your memories of Thanksgivings past. To gluttony and tradition. To a four day weekend.
From all of the PT family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving. And may God Bless…
It’s heartwarming that the simple act of parking can be transformed into a gesture of giving. Red parking meters in downtown San Diego take payments for parking, as well as donations for individuals and families in need. According to the article:
The Downtown San Diego Partnership launched its Make Change Count initiative, in which people can stick their spare change into the machines. The donation stations also accept credit cards.
Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said San Diegans can “donate with confidence” during the holiday season because the money will go straight to programs that benefit the homeless.
Money collected at the meters is used to provide transportation for homeless individuals who have a place to stay, but no funds to get there. It is also used to pay first and last months rent for homeless people who are trying to find housing.
The program’s leaders also state that the meters will hopefully discourage panhandling in the downtown area.
“So, we’re asking people to make change count, please don’t give money directly to individuals, and put your money here,” said Downtown San Diego Partnership President and CEO Kris Michell.
Read the rest here.
The Make Change Count program is also designed to discourage panhandling.
Lt. Debra Farrar of the San Diego Police Department said well-intentioned people who give money directly to homeless people actually encourage “aggressive panhandling.”
From the Chattanooga Times-Free Press:
Jim Berry, head of Republic Parking System and the owner of some major downtown buildings, died this morning. Berry’s company became a leading parking management firm after having begun as an operator of parking areas at airports under the name Air Terminal Parking. The company was formed in 1966.
He also was the owner of the Republic Centre and Liberty Tower, both high-rise buildings located on Chestnut Street in downtown Chattanooga.
Berry also was active in banking circles in Chattanooga, having been chairman of United American Bank of Hamilton County in the early ’80s when he tried to save that bank as the Jake Butcher United American banking empire crumbled across Tennessee. The local United American Bank was eventually acquired by Union Planters Bank of Memphis, Tenn.
The family will provide full details on arrangements later, but said donations may be made to Bethel Bible Village, American Heart Association, Siskin Children’s Institute or First Things First.
I have never met Jim Berry, but have seen the results of his legacy. Republic parking reaches all parts of the country and has had great success in its operations. I did some research and found this great article on Mr. Berry
By Kathy Gilbert — from the Chattanooga Times Free Press, April 30, 2011
“I really should have been a cowboy,” says James C. Berry — the 80-year-old Chairman and CEO of Republic Parking System, Inc. and owner of a commercial real estate business, the Jim Berry Company. He has retreated from his 20th floor corner office —with its panorama Lookout Mountain view, buffed cherry desk and lampshade with a price tag dangling inside — to an alcove secreted behind a paneled pocket door.
This paper-strewn “man cave” is Berry’s command center, the inner sanctum. The furniture is beige; the blinds closed. A bag of Extra Value Intense Dark Ghirardelli chocolates sits next to a flashing, multi-decked phone. There is no cell phone, no computer — his secretary prints out his important emails.
Continue reading here.
Jim Berry, dead in Chattanooga at 83
The Parking Industry Exhibition is pleased to announce that Marilyn Etheridge has joined the organization as its team leader in charge of attendee outreach. Her focus will be telling the PIE story to potential attendees and communicating with them to make their PIE experience a positive one.
Working with consultants, architects/engineers and contractors, Marilyn achieved the status of Fellow in the Society of Professional Marketing Services. She has worked in the parking industry for over 15 years including positions with Walker Parking Consultants and Tim Haahs, and has been intimately involved with Florida Parking Association in various Board positions and currently serves as the Association Manager. In addition, she is the Conference Planner for the Carolinas Parking Association and the Parking Association of Georgia. Marilyn is a native of Florida and calls Tampa her home.
Her first task will be organizing PIE networking events in five major markets to bring information about the event to parking pros throughout the country.
“We are extremely pleased to have Marilyn on board,” said Eric Abel, product manager for PIE. “She brings just the experience and attitude we need to reach out to even more attendees for our event.”
The Parking Industry Exhibition will be held March 15-19., 2014 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare adjacent to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. For full information log on here.
Correspondent Mark pointed this story in my direction. Seems researchers at Carnegie Mellon are discovering that all electric vehicles, being mandated by governments far and wide, may have an infrastructure problem that can’t be solved by placing charging stations in public garages. You can read it here.
They point out that most of the charging will be done when the cars are at home and that most drivers do not have permanent spots to park their cars (they park on streets on in spaces supplied by landlords) and therefore would not be able to install charging stations for the EVs. To Wit:
“Analysts have ignored the barrier that parking may present to electric vehicle adoption,” Traut (CM researcher) said. “We’ve seen studies that predict EV adoption as high as 80 percent by 2030.But to sell that many EVs we would not only need to make them less costly and more attractive to consumers — we would also need to address parking.
“Even if everyone wanted and was willing to pay for EVs, we couldn’t convert the whole fleet without major infrastructure changes,” Traut added.
“Landlords have little incentive to invest in chargers that only some of their tenants may use, and homeowners simply don’t have enough dedicated parking spaces to charge all of their vehicles.”
When you think about it the CM researchers have a point. If you have an EV and not a hybrid, you really want a full charge when you take off in the morning, to be sure you can make it to work. Charging at work doesn’t solve that problem. Lets say you charge at work and there is enough power to make the round trip, but after work you have to stop at the store, pick up the kids, and maybe run another errand. When you get home, you will need to recharge overnight.
If there is no place to charge, because you park on the street, or in a lot adjacent to your apartment or condo, or your garage is used for storage, when what?
These pesky little details are what governments fail to take into consideration when they make broad brush pronouncements. Witness the latest Health Care Mandate. The devil is in the details.
Chad Reed of 3M and I were discussing how one company can make a different in an industry. He noted that Apple had completely changed the music industry with iTunes and iPods and the way they distribute music. Could one company make such a different in parking, I asked.
Aaron Mills, marketing manager for the parking division at 3M was listening and commented. “Hey, are you guys comparing apples and Apples?”
I have had a great week in Parking. I spend Monday dinner with Marilyn Etheridge in Tampa. She has joined the PIE crew to help bring attendees to the event. More about that later.
On Tuesday I met with Mike Harley, President of SMC software. He’s a straight forward guy who tell you what he believes. He has an interesting product and approach to marketing it. He will be joining us at PIE.
On Wednesday I spend the afternoon with 3M, Chad Reed and Aaron Mills and the folks at their manufacturing operation in Austin. They have an impressive plant, mostly from the six sigma culture they bring to bear on the process. Factoid: 3M is one of the 30 companies that make up the Dow Jones industrial stock average. I will be writing more about 3M in the January issue of PT.
This morning, I was in Cincinnati, or rather Loveland, OH, and toured Amano McGann’s manufacturing operation with Joe Survance, AM’s VP of Marketing, and the managers who run the plant. I was impressed with the size and smoothness of the operation. The most impressive factoid: They product one parking product (gate, TD, Reader, POF) every 20 minutes, every day 24/7/365. That’s a really big number. More about this in January, too.
This week has been interesting, enlightening, and in a couple of cases, humbling. Its great to meet people who really know what they are doing. I’ll talk more about this in future posts.
There’s something about huge tragedies that lodge forever in our memories. The Hindenburg disaster (no I wasn’t around for that). Pearl Harbor, (not that either), JFK’s assassination, the Challenger disaster, when Lady Diana was killed, and yes 911. All of us know exactly where we were and exactly what we did when he heard about those events.
Strangely some affected us directly (911) and some had no direct affect on us at all (Challenger or Diana). But we nevertheless remember. But what about great things that happened — How about the walk on the moon, or when Lindy crossed the Atlantic (no, I wasn’t there either.) Neither affected us directly, but we remember the moment as if it were yesterday.
When JFK was assassinated, I was walking in to my Italian class in my freshman year at UCLA. We all were stunned and went back to the dorm and listed to the news for three days. What horror.
When the Challenger blew up, I got the word standing in the reception area where I worked. I just went to my desk and sat, and thought about Christa McAuliffe, that school teacher who was on board.
I heard about Lady Diana when a guest at a party we were throwing told me when he walked in the door. We decided not to announce it but wait until details came one.
911 — I heard about it from a staff member on the east coast and then went across the street to tell a friend. He was watching TV and already knew.
As for the moon walk — I was in the Army and watching it live from my living room in on post housing in Okinawa.
I’m not sure what all this means, but the date today brings it to mind. I may have to do with how our minds work. I don’t know if this is true, but I would assume the more you think about something, the more ingrained it becomes in your mind. If you cut your finger you forget about it when the band aid comes off, but if your watch history being made, you roll it over and over in your mind, day after day, year after year.
Who knows, its as good a guess as any.
I wish you good thoughts on this anniversary of that horrible day in 1963.
A new website created by the City of Los Angeles will show drivers where they can expect to get a ticket or where they can park without being cited on any particular day. The idea sounds a bit dodgy at first, but the main focus is on keeping residents apprised of changes in street cleaning schedules. If, for instance, street cleaning is postponed for a particular area, residents have access to that information and can leave their cars on the street without fear of citation.
“This is about common sense,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. “People shouldn’t block the streets from getting swept, and people shouldn’t get tickets for no good reason.”
The website allows users to type in their home address, which pulls up a map of the surrounding area. By examining the neighborhood’s street sweeping route numbers and schedules, residents can find out whether street sweeping has been canceled near their homes.
It seems fair that the city would acknowledge the street cleaning schedule is subject to change, and adjust enforcement accordingly. If they’re not going to sweep anyway, they shouldn’t be handing out tickets. There’s no harm blocking a street sweeper that isn’t going to come anyway.
The mayor said the Bureau of Street Services site is still in test mode, but work continues.