I am a psychologist, and a few years ago I was leaving a shelter for homeless women in Los Angeles when an abused woman was brought into the shelter. I immediately sat with her to start a crisis healing process.
When I left and approached my car, I was being issued a parking ticket for exceeding the specified time limit on the street (I wasn't parked at a meter). I pointed to the Good Shepherd Center and explained the services for abused women and that I was counseling a woman in crisis. As I was handed the ticket, I was told, "Sorry."
The city pays a private company $86 million over five years to run its Parking Violations Bureau. We all should be ashamed to allow politicians to pull money out of our pockets with little or no accountability.