If you live in Los Angeles you should be reading the L.A. Times. You should peruse the website daily and the pick up the print copy on Sundays. One of my favorite columnists is Steve Lopez.
Over the years, Lopez has written about hig profiel and low profile controversial issues in L.A. and opened up my eyes to a lot of things I wouldn’t have known about had I not kept an eye on his columns. Lopez is one of the few reporters who is not afraid to write about the pink elephants.
In an article entitled Cracking down on parking meter cheaters Lopez accompanies police officers on a sting in DTLA of people using handicap placards at parking meters. As most of you know people with handicap placards get to park at meters for free. The big question here is WHY? Why do disabled placards come with the right to free parking? I get that people can’t walk far because they may have a mobility issue, but how in the world did that get correlated into a financial issue?
Most of the people I know who are using handicap placards to park at meters for free are doing so either because they’re obese, recently had knee surgery or hip replacement surgery or just immoral bastards! None of these people have monetary disabilities that should entitle them to free parking!
I think it’s time for the City of LA to treat every citizen the same and charge us all across the board for parking or let us all park for free!
My hat is off to Lopez for once again writing about a topic and not being afraid to point his finger at City Hall and put the thought out there that perhaps we should all be required to pay for parking placard or no placard!