Schrammie: Reducing parking tickets is a bad thing?

SEATTLE -- It's simple, efficient, convenient and could save you money.

So why the hesitancy to make it happen?

With that question, I'd like to invite select members of the Seattle City Council to park their attitude and come on down.

There's new parking technology that Mayor Mike McGinn wants to put in play.

Using your smart phone, you'd enter your license plate number and pay to park online.

No more fiddling with credit cards or quarters.

But the best part is that you can then electronically keep track of exactly how much time you have left before getting a ticket.

Well, that's the best part for us.

For councilmembers Nick Licata and Jean Godden, not so much.

Licata and Godden are worried that the city would lose money because fewer people would be getting parking tickets.

Ain't that a hoot?

They'd rather pick our pockets then make it easier to park downtown.

They'd rather pelt us with tickets to enhance the city budget.

Parking should not be punitive.

And city leaders should not be so money-grubbing.

Jean Godden and Nick Licata should be written up for this political infraction, but in the meantime, they need to take a bow, because this "Schrammie" is for them.

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