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This is a pretty straightforward video about the benefits of red light cameras in Philly, put out today by the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Mostly, though, it's awesome for the epic music at the beginning, which signals that the city is preparing for an invasion. "They can take our license plates! But they can't have our red light cameraaaaaaas!" Or something.PPA adds: "The first cameras were installed at Grant Avenue, Red Lion Road and Cottman Avenue along Roosevelt Boulevard. Since the program's inception, cameras have also been installed at 34th Street and Grays Ferry Avenue, Broad Street and Oregon Avenue, Broad
CBS Philly reports that the Philadelphia Parking Authority is expecting to collect $4 million less in revenue this year. "PPA executive director Vince Fennerty says fewer drivers are breaking the parking rules, resulting in fewer tickets. And he says the new parking kiosks in Center City and University City have made it easier to comply, since you can pay by credit card or dollar bills. “Over the last several years there has been more compliance with parking regulations in Philadelphia.” More people are paying at kiosks. More people are parking legally, not parking at hydrants, or double parking and parking
(Update: Scroll to the bottom for a response from SideCar CEO Sunil Paul and an official comment from a PPA spokesperson.)This morning, I was planning on writing a review of SideCar, the San Francisco-based "ride share" service that debuted in Philadelphia two weekends ago. As a loather of Philadelphia's, er, crappy taxi cabs, I'm always interested in an alternative, and I'm big fan of Philadelphia car service Uber. But on Saturday night, the Philadelphia Parking Authority shut SideCar down, and I'm not the least bit surprised.
Missing Radnor Teen Found in D.C. Savanna MacMullett, 13, had left home Monday afternoon with a 20-year-old Virginia man she met online. After a tip from someone who saw them at 30th Street Station, the couple were taken into custody as they stepped off a Mega Bus in the capital last night. [NBC Philadelphia]Sombrero-Clad Sorority Girls at Penn State Busted for Racist Party. The costumes at Chi Omega Nu's Halloween bash were already questionable, but signs the students are holding in a leaked pic — "Will Mow Lawn for Weed + Beer" and "I Don't Cut Grass, I Smoke It" —
It looks like even SCOTUS justices aren't safe from the wrath of the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was at the Union League around lunchtime on Monday when the PPA spotted his car and wrote him a ticket. He received the ticket despite the fact that he had a Philadelphia official police business placard on his dashboard because the PPA is the honey badger of Philadelphia. Scalia was at the Union League to discuss the interpretation of legal texts at the Philadelphia Lawyers Chapter of The Federalist Society. He also signed some books. [Constitution Daily]
Mayor Nutter has vetoed a bill that would have allowed Finnigan's Wake—the NoLibs joint owned by Democratic committeeman Mike Driscoll—to expand. The proposal would have let Driscoll add balconies above the sidewalk on Spring Garden. Mayor Nutter also vetoed a bill that would have added a surcharge to parking tickets, sponsored by City Councilman Mark Squilla, because the proceeds wouldn't have gone to the Philadelphia School District, which would have violated a state law. [Daily News]
The PPA Extortionist is the hero Philly deserves, but not the one it needs, right now. All kidding aside, Rocco Martinez faces up to two years in prison after he admitted in court that he attempted to extort money from the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Martinez contacted the PPA after he videotaped a PPA officer offer to fix tickets in exchange for bootleg DVDs. He used his personal email to ask for $500 to keep the tape to himself. Martinez says that he thought he was exposing a corrupt officer and was entitled to a reward. Now, though, he says that
According to data released by AAA Mid-Atlantic this month, 33,627 drivers were issued a ticket last year by the red-light camera at the intersection immediately south of City Hall on Broad Street. Unfortunately, I was one of them. Fortunately, I never had to cough up $100 to pay the fine.
Yes, I watched a few episodes of Parking Wars, the reality show on A&E that followed the antics of various employees at the Philadelphia Parking Authority for the show’s first few seasons. Yes, I’m a fan of Steve Garfield, OK? And yes, like everyone else, I’m certain that the prisoners at Abu Ghraib received better treatment than I’ve received from PPA employees when paying at the Philadelphia Airport garages (hint: use the self-service checkouts; the machines are much friendlier), or others have faced when dealing with an unfair ticket. And so I was expecting the worst when I decided to visit PPA’s Parking Violations Branch at 913 Filbert Street to contest two parking tickets I received within 24 hours last May, both for the same violation.