Monthly Archives: January 2012

Social Media and Parking

We reached a milestone on PT’s Facebook page the other day, with just over 1500 folks who appear to ‘like’ us.  I see that as a vindication of the time we spend on Facebook. We have a number of denizens … Continue reading

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Was there only one real invention in the last 100 years?

No, of course not. However it appears that this statement isn’t as outlandish as it seems. There are basic things that form the basis for other things.  Think about the digital computer. It used to be the size of a … Continue reading

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Should a Person Be Fired for not Knowing the Latest Version of Outlook?

I admit it, I’m a Luddite.  I can barely find my way around MS Office.  Word is sort of OK, I can get my email, excel is, well thank God for Carla or I would have no chance. And lets … Continue reading

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Do Away with Designer Parking Spaces

This article in the Halifax Herald gave me pause. She is discussing parking over the holidays and a fellow she caught parking in a “mom with baby” spot. Here’s here money quote: I am not saying the guy should have … Continue reading

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Someone Disagrees, Guess Who?

Las Vegas’ Brandy Stanley disagrees with my comments on San Francisco’s collection problems. Here is her piece: I suggest that perhaps a comparison between government collection rates and private collection rates for parking tickets be looked at before bashing government … Continue reading

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Shoupista or Sandinista – Does the Left Love Market Pricing for Parking?

I’ve had to go back to school a bit to try and understand the economic theory that is being espoused  here and here. The links were sent by Don Shoup to the Cities of LA and SF (Parking Departments) and … Continue reading

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And You Wonder Why I named it the “Baghdad by the Bay” Award

The Late, Sainted, San Francisco Examiner columnist Herb Caen called the city Baghdad by the Bay to honor its exotic mix of cultures and politics. I picked the name for my parking disaster award because the city seems to have … Continue reading

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Missoula and Graduated Parking Fines

I have long been an advocate of graduated parking fines.  First ticket is $10, Second $20 and so forth.  Missoula, MT has taken it a step further.  They are making the first ticket free. Read about it here. You may … Continue reading

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This “Agony Aunt” get’s it

If you don’t know what an ‘agony aunt” is, maybe I should have said “Dear Abby.”  But I digress. A homeowner wrote in and said she left a note on a car parked in front of her house.  Here is … Continue reading

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I Hit the Mainstream Media

I noted about four months ago that I was interviewed by a columnist for LA Magazine. Its a local publication that basically tells LA residents what they want to hear.  Its glitzy, its glossy — Think Cosmo or Vogue for … Continue reading

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