But how does the Los Angeles Parking Violations Bureau arrive at the sticker price, er – ticket price, of $93? I've been mulling over this question ever since the back end of my Toyota Corolla jutted into the red zone on Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz during an evening meeting I attended last November.
I admit I'm guilty. The bumper and another 12 inches of my car was going to be in the dreaded red zone. It was after 6:30 pm and the meeting had already started. There was no available parking on the block and I figured my violation was debatable. Any driveways were at least 50 yards away, so there was absolutely no danger of blocking another vehicle. Normal business hours were finished for the day.
When I walked away, an uneasy feeling rolled around in my gut. I left the meeting two hours later and, behold, a parking ticket was tucked underneath my windshield wiper for the cost of $93.
And I thought parking at Dodger Stadium was expensive.
Why the cost? I'll try to find out in the weeks ahead. With all the outcry over social justice in our society, and the complaints over millionaires and billionaires and Wall Street making life tough on the 99 percent, you'd think that an exorbitant cost for a parking ticket would get noticed.
Let's face it. Government is hard to fight. Especially the parking ticket bureau. And if you're earning $100K or more per year and you don't have a family then an occasional $93 ticket is like swatting away a pesky bug. Imagine, though, what else you could do with that money like purchasing a dress or new shirts from a small retailer, or leaving a nice tip for a server at an independently owned restaurant.
But what if you're one of those trying to jump start your career or you're one of those heralded fast food workers living on minimum wage that Mayor Eric Garcetti says deserves $13 an hour, or $15 an hour or up to $17 an hour? The City of Los Angeles wants to embrace you and force your employer to pay you higher wages while turning around and finding ways to get a bit more out of your pockets.
Should you be able to show proof of a low income and have your $93 parking ticket reduced?
And why is it that cost in the first place? What salaries do the fees cover and how are the costs for street improvements and public workers bundled in?
Why doesn't the ticket cost $55 or $47? Why $93? I'd like to dig a bit deeper and find out more.
If you know the reason or have an idea, please leave a comment.