I’m enraged. The practice of extorting funds out of us so they can pay for different things just drives me crazy. … If I can’t get the change, then why am I even here?
Dwyer thinks street sweepers should make beeping noises so residents can run out and move their cars, and that if a car is parked, the sweeper should just come back later. Wow, cost on that please?
And besides, that’s not how it works. Street sweeping is during certain set hours and there’s no parking during that entire time. The sweeper might come at 8:15, at 9:37 or 10:51. There’s still no parking during the hours of 8am to 11pm. You’ll get a ticket, even after the street sweeper has come.
The cost of parking tickets help offset other things the city needs. Tickets are a form of optional revenue enforcement; if you don’t want to pay the fine, you move your car. This councilman has gotten somewhere around ten or twelve. That’s pretty stupid. And so is throwing a tantrum and threatening to tear up the ticket and resign if he can’t get a law passed to stop the ticketing. Wow.But in the council meeting, Dwyer decided against shredding the ticket because he felt it was a
However is he standing firm on the platform that he’ll resign if street sweeping rules aren’t changed. At this afternoon’s meeting meeting, reports the Orange County Register, Dwyer said:
To me it is just a revenue generator. If I can’t effect change as a City Council member, why would I bother even being here?
Councilperson Cathy Green explained that if parking officers didn’t give out tickets, cars wouldn’t be moved. Street sweeping picks up over 5,000 tons of trash and debris from Huntington Beach streets, and the tickets issued for interfering cars don’t cover the cost of street sweeping or the parking enforcement officers; the revenue does go into the city’s general fun.
Councilperson Green said:
Frankly, I get your frustration but I think when you settle down and really think about the purpose of street cleaning, it will go a little way to assuage your rage.
Fellow councilmember Joe Carchio issued the most compelling statement of the session, a sentiment seemingly echoed by many in the city:
I think that if you got enough of these tickets, you would learn