Parking Enforcement's Worst Enemy? Meet the Ticket Angels
Santa Monica earns $13 million a year in parking ticket fines and a good chunk of that comes from those who forget to move their car on street sweeping days. With two days, as in two sides of the street, to keep tabs on, that's 104 chances to screw up. Now, in NoMa (you know, North of Montana), two friends have paired up on a business venture to become ticket angels, according to the Santa Monica Daily Press.
For $60 a year, you can hire their services to scan the streets on street days for your car. If you forgot, they'll text, call or knock on your door. Of their 60 customers so far, they say they've prevent $12,000 in fines, which roughly equates to 200 tickets.
Personally, LAist always recommends taht people prone to street sweeping tickets should program their Google calendar or iPhone or whatever they use for a "every week at this time" alarm. Nonetheless, kudos to these guys for their business.
The current street sweeping fine is $61 but it could go up this year. "The City Council last month said it would consider increasing parking violation fines to help boost revenue for the Big Blue Bus, which needs more money to prevent service cuts," the newspaper noted.