My son plays flag football at Temescal each weekend, and this past weekend, I had the unpleasant experience of meeting “officer” Zimmerman while I parked in the pay lot.
I parked my car, walked to the ticket machine (which was broken) and noticed that I was already receiving a ticket. When I asked “Officer” Z about it, he was extraordinarily rude and said there was nothing he could do about it, that I was supposed to get a ticket prior to parking, and that it was clearly stated on the sign.
Here are the issues:
-The sign is located at the right hand side of the entrance when you drive in to the parking lot. If I stop to get a ticket first, I am backing up traffic.
-The sign is small and there is only one.
-The ticket machine was broken … I personally witnessed at least four tickets given that day—all to people who had the same issue as me.
-I was not given enough time to get a ticket and place it in my car.
-When I called the number on the white receipt, it tells me that the extension doesn’t exist. When I call the number on the ticket itself, it’s the same story—the extension doesn’t exist.
Because I’m angry I’m spending time on this. And when I spend time on an issue, I won’t let it go until it is resolved (because much like yours, my time is valuable).
I finally reached someone at the 7272 number who is sending me a ticket contest form, but this needs to change. In my experience, 50 percent of people will only exact change when they have been exposed or shamed into doing so.
Seems to me that the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority purposely makes it difficult to abide by its rules to generate more ticket revenue. Additionally, it begs the question as to whether or not Officer Zimmerman has a ticket quota that he needs to fulfill each week.
I took photos of the area, including the signs. I have asked the MRCA to call me back so that I can speak directly with the person in charge of this area.
A Place for Fun
I am a seventh-grader living in the Palisades, and the controversy over the building of the Caruso Palisades Village is ridiculous. Rebuilding the village into a fun place will not ruin the Palisades. Just the opposite, in fact.
It will provide a place for my friends and me to go and have fun during the weekends without having to take the bus or be driven to the Third Street Promenade.
I wish these protests would stop, we need a place to go. Also there will be a movie theater. What could be better than that?
Shout Out to the Caruso Team
I would like to commend the Caruso team on its construction site practices. The site is always clean, the changing holiday garland on top of the already eye-pleasing construction wall is very welcoming and the crosswalk guards are a nice added benefit (especially staying late on Halloween night).
It is a rarity for a major developer to provide such TLC when tending to a construction site. Thank you Rick and your team!
Sue Jameson | The Huntington
The budget resolution that was passed last week threatens to increase pressure to put a per capita cap on Medicaid and turn Medicare into a voucher.
There are over 600,000 California residents living with Alzheimer’s dementia; one-quarter of them depending on Medicaid to pay for their nursing home or in-home care. I am grateful that Representative Ted Lieu stands in opposition to a Medicaid cap and that he continues to recognize that Medicaid is a vital lifeline for people who need long-term care.
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