A disabled parking placard is displayed in a car window parked on J Street in downtown Sacramento in 2012. Drivers have been complaining for years that every other downtown parking spot seems to be taken by a car with a blue disabled placard on the rearview mirror. Now, city officials in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other cities have joined the chorus, saying the placard perk is clogging downtowns, harming businesses, cutting into city revenues and making it harder for truly disabled people to park near their destinations.
A disabled parking placard is displayed in a car window parked on J Street in downtown Sacramento in 2012. Drivers have been complaining for years that every other downtown parking spot seems to be taken by a car with a blue disabled placard on the rearview mirror. Now, city officials in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other cities have joined the chorus, saying the placard perk is clogging downtowns, harming businesses, cutting into city revenues and making it harder for truly disabled people to park near their destinations. Randy Pench Sacramento Bee file
A disabled parking placard is displayed in a car window parked on J Street in downtown Sacramento in 2012. Drivers have been complaining for years that every other downtown parking spot seems to be taken by a car with a blue disabled placard on the rearview mirror. Now, city officials in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other cities have joined the chorus, saying the placard perk is clogging downtowns, harming businesses, cutting into city revenues and making it harder for truly disabled people to park near their destinations. Randy Pench Sacramento Bee file
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Downtown parkers seeing red over sea of blue disabled placards

August 30, 2015 02:23 PM

UPDATED August 31, 2015 09:32 AM

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Tony Bizjak has covered local transportation issues for The Sacramento Bee since 2003. Prior to that, he covered Sacramento City Hall and local government issues. A California native, Bizjak has a journalism degree from San Jose State University. Contact reporter Tony Bizjak at tbizjak@sacbee.com or 916-321-1059. Twitter: @TonyBizjak