As happens about once every three months, I had an annoying and pointless run-in with a parking enforcement officer last night that left me steaming. I know everybody complains about the parking enforcement in their city, but I’ve been around a bit and trust me, L.A.’s sucks 2 tha X-Treme. I got a ticket a few weeks ago that was $65! Are you kidding me?! Fortunately for me, I could afford to pay it. But there are a lot of people in this city that can’t. Over the long term, don’t you earn more money if you ticket people an amount they can actually pay instead of an amount that makes them just ignore the ticket?
Anyway, I’m mad enough that the work is contracted out to a private companyó Lockeed Martin no lessóbut I also read something recently that implied that officers receive a commission on the tickets that they write. Jason suggested the same thing in reply to one of joz’s posts recently (although I couldn’t tell if he was serious or not). Does anybody have any empirical evidence that there is a reward system or quota for tickets given? I’m getting worked up to complain to my city councilperson, but I need ammunition.