Poor way to emulate San Francisco

08/24/2014 2:08 PM

08/27/2014 11:47 AM

Re "Parking tickets out of control" (Viewpoints, Aug. 23): Ginny Fitzpatrick's article regarding overzealous parking enforcement in Sacramento is spot-on. Several months ago, I parked On J Street by Cesar Chavez Plaza. This stretch of J Street has no meters, so I bought a kiosk parking sticker for one hour. Returning to my car 45 minutes later, I discovered a ticket for parking over lines.

The problem is the vehicles that had parked before me had left only the very space I parked in, which by necessity was over lines. There are no meters or other markers to indicate parking spaces, except on the ground covered by the previously unlawfully parked cars. This stretch of J Street is also very busy, so difficult to park on while later checking the ground for hidden white lines.

I'm all for the city raising revenue, but extorting money from its residents and visitors isn't the way to go.

-- Paul Andrew Nethercut, Sacramento

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