Viewpoint - December 8, 2010

Letter: Parking tickets courtesy of new consultants

A friend of mine who grew up down the street from me here in Menlo Park grabbed me by the shoulder Friday night in a local restaurant. He had just got a parking ticket in Menlo Park, for "overtime parking."

Not true. He went to the Lorist Watchmaker store for 10 minutes at 10 a.m. and went home right after. Two hours later he met a friend at Stacks for lunch. When he left Stacks he found a $42 parking ticket on his car window for overtime parking.

The meter maidette was one aisle away and my friend confronted him, told his story and got a blank look. He was told to "call this number."

After the first of the year, the downtown Menlo Park parking regulations will get worse as the result of another high-priced ($75,000) "consultant" hired by our city government.

My hope for the "new council" is that they stop trying to kill our downtown and stop using our money for high priced consultants without any gray matter between their ears.

Pat White, Fremont Street, Menlo Park


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