Mayor Malaprop’s boodle

Chicago motorists will be in for a double whammy soon.  Chicago Parking Meters LLC, the company that leased the parking meters from the city, will be expanding their use of private ticket writers to “boost compliance”.  Translation, they will be issuing more tickets to get people to stuff more money into the meters to boost their profit.  Whammy number two is the 20% increase in meter rates to strike in January and step increases until 2013.   After 2013, meter revenues must rise by “the rate of inflation,” either by raising rates, adding meters or increasing operating hours.  In effect, drivers will be getting squeezed over and over again.

This lease was disastrous.  Mayor Malaprop and his fifty city council dunces have finally found a legitimate method to rob the people without a gun.  It is the epitome of old fashioned boodle- selling our streets to the highest bidder.

Worse, the city cannot open up parking lanes for traffic due to construction or any other lane closures without reimbursing the company for any losses.  This causes major congestion on some construction routes.

Public outcry is in the dangerous decibel level.  Does Malaprop care?  Nope!  Revenues to Chicago Parking Meters LLC are running stronger than ever.  That is all that matters- enriching friends of Malaprop.  The public be damned.  It is all about the kachingo$.

If those profits are so high, why do we still have to pay a wheel tax- the City Sticker?  We pay this tax for the privilege of being robbed when we stuff those ubiquitous black boxes or get that sixty dollar ticket.   Then Malaprop and his dunces have the temerity to equate paying these fines with some strange sense of moral civic responsibility.

Who benefited from this theft of city services?  Not the city, not the people.  Just some pals of Mayor Malaprop and a few of his dunces.  Of course there will be a quid pro quo in the form of campaign bribes- ooops, contributions.

We are being robbed by a vicious political system and a company with no mercy.  Worse, businesses, small businesses, are closing their doors.  The parking robbery is killing them.  More will not renew their leases and close when those leases are up.

Mayor Malaprop must have studied some strange form of economics and business.  Strangle businesses by making public street parking to expensive and strangle citizens by issuing those sixty dollar tickets.  Yep, that will really make people want to shop commercial districts.

This lease is nothing more than a throw back to the old boodle days- when the streets were sold to the highest bidders for transit, gas, or electric services.  This is nothing more than a modern form of boodle- graft- theft.  We, the people, are the victims.


About Peter V. Bella

Peter V. Bella is a passionate cook and photographer. Mr. Bella started cooking as a child with his parents. He has taken professional courses through the years. Mr. Bella a a freelance photojournalist and writer based in Chicago.
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