Loves down­town, not park­ing me­ters

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

I love down­town and ap­plaud the ef­forts of the city in the re­vi­tal­iza­tion of the area. I may not agree with all as­pects of the plan, but sup­port down­town as a whole.

Our city gov­ern­ment is mak­ing it hard for cit­i­zens to help with the sup­port of lo­cal busi­nesses. We can’t even go to din­ner down­town with­out get­ting a park­ing vi­o­la­tion. Who wants to go to din­ner and have to check the me­ter con­stantly?

Se­condly, how do we know that an event is hap­pen­ing, caus­ing the me­ters to be in ef­fect all night as op­posed to only un­til 6 p.m.? My fam­ily and I went to din­ner and re­ceived a ticket due to some­thing hap­pen­ing at the sta­dium. At the end of the day my din­ner cost an ad­di­tional $99.00 in tick­ets for my wife, son and my­self due to park­ing me­ter vi­o­la­tions. We paid the me­ters up un­til 6 p.m., think­ing we were good.

I may still go down­town, but most peo­ple would never re­turn and that is just not good for the area. Pull the me­ters or at least have set hours with­out ques­tion.

– Bob Barnard, Fresno

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