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Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

I Want to Drive my Own Car

John Van Horn’s got a lot to say about autonomous vehicles lately, and I’m going to take that as an invitation to explore the topic myself. You never want to be an old fart when the subject of new technology … Continue reading

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Stockton, Calif. Parking Meters Disappearing

In Stockton, Calif., almost 700 parking meters have gone missing in the last year. Recent video surveillance shows the thief rolling a stroller up to a meter and dismantling the meter head. He plops the meter head into the stroller … Continue reading

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New Themes for No Parking

Just another reason to distrust millennials – they don’t want cars. Maybe they’re trying to be environmentally friendly and financially responsible, but I think it’s something else. I think it’s because they don’t want to grow up. According to thenewstribune.com, in … Continue reading

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Dead People Hogging Parking Spots

A recent audit shows that there are at least 35,000 dead people in California with valid handicapped placards. The Sacramento Bee, sacbee.com, reports that when Department of Motor Vehicle handicapped placard records are compared to a federal database of deceased individuals, … Continue reading

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Compton Loses $3.7 Million to Embezzlement

At the risk of paying too much attention to the Southern California area, I’m blogging about a new parking-related financial disaster coming from the city of Compton. The Los Angeles Times reports that a Compton city employee embezzled almost $4 … Continue reading

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California Offers Another Break on Parking Tickets

First, Los Angeles tells the homeless they can work off their parking fines if they don’t have the money to pay them. Now California leaders are talking about a bill that creates a payment plan for frequent illegal parking offenders. According to laweekly.com, the bill would allow … Continue reading

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March Madness Creating Parking Madness

In every big sports event there are winners and losers, both on the field and in the parking lot. According to fox6now.com, Milwaukee is a teeming mess of parking problems these days. Residents are upset by huge increases in parking … Continue reading

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Parking is No Holiday in Waikiki

A lot of parking issues only exist in specific scenarios. Manhattan has different parking challenges than Overland, Kansas. Las Vegas has different parking  requirements than Juno, Alaska. My hometown, for instance, doesn’t have a lot of parking issues because it’s small, … Continue reading

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Handicapped Parking Abusers Don’t Need a Break

Handicapped parking abuse is a theme in every city and ever town. Cheaters know they’re probably not going to get caught, so they take their chances for the convenience of easy parking – and they are usually rewarded. In Joliet, Illinois, … Continue reading

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Baby Named for Parking Lot

Babies don’t agree to stick to any kind of schedule – before (or after) they’re born, so a good number of them seem to make their arrivals in odd places. One common theme for the unexpected delivery is the parking lot. Hospital … Continue reading

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