I am no longer employed by Kirkland as a Parking Enforcement Officer so I figured I could send you a note. Anyone that knows me knows, that I prefer being called "Pretty Lady" and I'm not nice, I'm fair but stern.....kinda like your favorite Mother.
Parking isn't a problem in Kirkland.....but "bad attitudes" are. If you were to describe the parking situation to any other city, employee, or company that sells parking equipment you'd be laughed at.
1 PEO a day, I worked 11am-9pm, 2 hour, 3 hour, 4 hour FREE Parking. FREE ALL DAY parking usually 1 1/2 blks away, $1.00 an hour parking from 5-9pm which means $4.00 a night, Leased Private Parking Lot which was $1.00 an hour from 9am-9pm. FREE PARKING W/PERMIT for downtown business owners and employees. ALL DAY FREE PARKING on Sundays and holidays, By the time I got around to ticketing vehicles on FRI or SAT it would be 1:30pm-2pm which is plenty of time to get your now sober butt out of bed and retrieve you vehicle. If you did receive a $35 dollar ticket it is still cheaper than a cab drive or DUI. It's the price to play. FREE ALL DAY Motorcycle Parking Spots
Name one city anywhere in the world that has more lenient parking near a lake, w/awesome stores, and beautiful trees and flowers!? I know you can't.
Stop whining about the parking to strangers and friends, start spreading the word on how wonderful the city is. Employees and Regulars.... Start parking in places that respect the business owners and frees up spots for "new customers and soon to be "new friends". Take responsibility for your parking tickets...sometimes you win and sometimes you must pay. I'm pretty sure everyone has once come running and yelling and waving their hands to me and they got a win...at least once. Getting a parking ticket is all about being part of a city.
I loved my job, loved meeting people, loved giving directions, giving restaurant suggestions, returning keys, phones, dogs and children, I loved doing personal shopping on my off hours, loved laughing at funny moments, loved hugging at the sad. I tried to treat everyone "equally the same" (only maybe not "red state" plates or convertibles in the summer) if you didn't get a ticket from me (unless you yelled, lied, or called me fat) you usually were given a lecture on how to be better and options on where to park next time. ;)
If you have any ideas that the Parking Board has not covered or thought of.....It's time to volunteer!
Marsha the Meter-maid
(ps. I don't stop in for coffee. I'm allergic)