banality of something or other

Ever wonder why you see more speed traps, parking enforcement, and such in your neighborhood these days? Looks like one city government might provide the answer:

The accusations cast a new light on one of Oakland’s most contentious issues during the past year. Desperate for new revenue in a faltering economy, the City Council in June increased parking fines, meter rates, hours of enforcement and enforcement in neighborhoods.

So where’s a cash short government gonna look to make up the deficit? Exactly where you might expect:

Oakland parking officers were ordered to avoid enforcing neighborhood parking violations in two of the city’s wealthier neighborhoods but told to continue enforcing the same violations in the rest of the city, according to a city memo obtained by The Chronicle.

Yeah, thats the way it is, right down to the banality of parking tickets.

(h/t to Eschaton)

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