Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Streets and San Towing

We have no way of determining if this is true or false, but it wouldn't surprise us in the least:
  • O/T, but I guess King Dick has put his foot to the throat of streets and sans. My car was towed from a "school zone, no parking on school days" from a school that doesn't exist, it closed three years ago. I parked there everyday for two years, they just haven't taken the signs down yet. Today they towed my car all while yelling and insulting my wife for her inability to read. Well today is not a school day due to winter break, so I guess he can't read too well either.

    Now as angry as I was I could understand it, the signs are still there. I waited in line to get my car and heard some other bad stories, much worse than mine. The first was a family visiting from another state. They parked on the opposite side of the street of temporary no parking signs. while they were gone they switched the signs to the other side of the street and towed all the cars. I felt bad for them. The second was just awful. There was an elevator stuck with 10 people in it in the loop. the emergency elevator service showed up with lights and signs on the truck. in the 10 minutes he took to save these people they hooked up his truck and he watched them tow it away.

    I am truly embarrassed to work for this city today, and in saying that to the streets and sans desk lady she replied "suck it up, at least they city hasn't laid you off yet." I could only think to myself that my department is actually important, pretty sure the city would still survive if they stopped illegally towing cars...

    Leaving there was a line a block long of tow trucks bringing cars in. Today must be a big day for them. I requested a hearing and I'm sure it won't mean a thing.
We'd make sure to park legally all the time in the coming months. And if you can't find legal parking, well golly, there's a whole bunch of suburbs with large parking lots and malls that let you park for free to do all of your necessary shopping. And the sales tax is less there, too, and even lower if you leave Cook County.

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33 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

unbelievable!!!!! I went to navy pier winter wonder fest and had to pay $12.00 for my 3month old son, they wouldn't let him play in toddler area.

12/23/2008 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this city is ripe for a revolt.


and I won't be stopping these protestors.

12/23/2008 12:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In early November a dept. of revenue employee ticketed an 008th District coppers car in front of the 008th District station. The back quarter of his vehicle was past the "no parking" sign. This fine example of a city employee even made a point to place the citation over the copper's FOP sticker. Last Friday 2 dept. of revenue employees were walking 022 ticketing pickup trucks without the truck permit sticker (keep in mind this was the day most people were snowed/iced in and couldn't move their vehicles)

12/23/2008 01:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long a shortshanks has his streets & san towing crews he doesn't have to arm them & commit armed robberies on us. Many of these Daley thugs are future aldercreatures in training.

12/23/2008 02:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This really sounds like Daley threw a temper tantrum about the criticism he's been getting about inadequate snow clearance and is lashing out with his little fists and feet. By God, he'll show everyone...

Mayor Daley is clinically insane.

12/23/2008 03:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and even lower still if you leave the state in preparation for your final escape from this corruption-filled den of thieves. My castle awaits.

12/23/2008 06:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk to your alderman, that should be amusing.

12/23/2008 07:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O/T but saw this article in the Sun-Times on Tues:

December 22, 2008

BY KARA SPAK Staff Reporter
If your side street is still covered with snow, take a look at your neighbor before blaming the city.

City plows working for seven days straight, ending Sunday morning, cleared all 3,300 miles of side streets, said Matt Smith, spokesman for Chicago Streets and Sanitation Department. They are prepared to plow and salt tonight if there is more snow, he said.

“On the side streets we have found instances where people are pushing snow back into the streets” while shoveling out their cars, Smith said. “This is dangerous and not being a good neighbor. Please put snow on the parkway.”

In the latest pass, the trucks salted streets with salt plus a special chemical additive designed to work in tundra temperatures, he said. Main streets will always appear clearer because the heavy traffic helps the salt work effectively, he said.

“Arterial side streets will never, ever look as good as main street,” he said. “The goal on the side streets is to make them passable.”

Smith said despite reports the city’s budget crunch was going to slow snow removal, plows and salt trucks “hit those side streets with more force than we ever have.”

“You can’t please everybody but I can tell you with complete confidence we really busted our backs on side streets,” Smith said. “We did it smart, scientifically and with all our trucks after (we plowed) the main streets Saturday night.”

What the hell are they smoking down at S&S?

12/23/2008 07:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not all, but some City employees are very ignorant toward people. The only way most of them keep their jobs is because of clout. You complain reference their rude conduct and nothing happens.

12/23/2008 07:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make sure that you park legally whenever responding to calls for service from S&S/Revenue/CTA.

12/23/2008 08:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember this when you stop someone and they whip out the old city of chicago streets and san ID. Ask them what department. And also remember, there is no bag limit in dept of revenue people either. Please let them pull out their ID and it's double the tickets. I'm sure I can find a few things to write them for. And the best thing about it is that I now have one of those niffty cameras in the car so let them beef.

12/23/2008 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

walking 022 ticketing pickup trucks without the truck permit sticker


what kind of permit sticker is this???? the regular truck city sticker or something different?

12/23/2008 08:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i do no business with the city. i go to the burbs for anything.

12/23/2008 09:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you allow these Dept. of Revenue workers to ticket in front of the station, tell them to get lost or find their cars and start ticketing them, they need to realize that we are the police and not them; this was the sort of thing that was bound to happen when they started letting civilian employees write parkers.

12/23/2008 10:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got aparking ticket across the street from my station. Zoned Parking. I admit I did not have the residential permit, but since there is very limited parking in the area the restrictions have never been enforced across the street from the station. Dept of Revenue gave me the ticket anyway. Placed the citation on the windshield over my FOP sticker. It cost me $60.00 from the mystery revenue contractor. I was pissed, but also found it kind of funny because now I will NOT generate $600.00 of revenue for the city. Great plan King Daley. Cite your city workers and see how that plan works out.

12/23/2008 10:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Not Surprised said...

I guess this is not surprising.
Cops have a union, and it has gotten us a contract that provides working conditions not granted to other city workers. Before the first Police Officer can be laid off, EVERY SINGLE CIVILIAN EMPLOYEE OF THE DEPARTMENT MUST BE TERMINATED FIRST. Of course, the city has tried to insulate themselves by moving many of these civilians out of the CPD, and into other, newly created city departments, (eg. dispatchers to OEMC or Intersection Control Aides to Traffic Mgmt), but I'm guessing a court may rule that they would all have to go, as well, before police officers are laid off, since all of those functions were previously performed by officers.

While we often choose NOT TO PARTICIPATE in "revenue producing" police functions like ticket writing, auto impounds etc., it is the contract that keeps you safe from direct retribution from the city for those actions.

When the City discovers shortfalls in revenue, THEY MUST make up the difference somehow, some way! Will the polititions cut their own salary or budget? NOT LIKLEY!
Laying off employees will help ease the gap but more action is required. GIVING THE POLICE LESS MONEY in their next contract will help a lot though, since they are the largest and most expensive part of the city's budget.

Now that so many civilian employees are authorized to perform what were once SWORN officer functions, (tickets & tows), and the City DOES have the ability to terminate those employees, they seem to have been able to replace the officers as income producers.

12/23/2008 11:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets see, you park in no parking for 2 years? Sounds like you got away with one for over 800 some odd days. And a guy was stuck in an elevator and his car was towed.... how is that the tow guy's problem? I'm guessing you are a yuppie transplant.... There is a reason most of us try to move to the far north or far soutwest..... trying to have as normal (suburban) of an existance as possible, while you transplants all move to areas where you have to stack on top of yourselves, even having to 'zone' park. What a crock. Stop crying, start moving!

12/23/2008 11:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Mayor Daley is clinically insane."


My guess its not insanity, its latent syphilis!

12/23/2008 11:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had to laugh...the other day, shortshanks was talking about Blago, saying, "well, he's distracted; as a public official, you need to be 100%, physically and mentally...."; seems to me that shortshanks is about 30% physically ready and about 10% mentally ready; maybe Blago and shortshanks should resign together...

12/23/2008 11:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I read it correctly, the poster sounded awefully calm??

Maybe we should start ticketing the streets and san tow truck drives. Obstructing traffic, etc. Fuck them!

12/23/2008 01:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city of Chicago and Streets and Sans has a new enemy: US THE CITIZENS! "On the side streets, we have found instances where people are pushing snow back on the streets while shoveling out their cars" Matt Smith of street and sans says. He then goes on to say "These are Siberian conditions. And I don't think they do side streets in Siberia. We do."
I didn't know Mt. Greenwood was Siberia because I haven't had the street plowed yet. Secondly, this is typical Daley-speak for "just tell everyone the plows went by, but all the snow was pushed back by your neighbor." What a crock of shit. I don't think the neighbor pushed the two feet of snow that's on my street out there. Daley is an idiot

12/23/2008 02:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just back from RDOs! It was great! Bought everything for Christmas on-line or in Indiana. Even the fuckin' cranberries! Dropped a total of $3,500 in IN,TX,SC,AL, and TN. All red states cocksuckers!

12/23/2008 03:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make sure each and every tow truck has a plate attached to the car they are towing. A set of brake lights are also to be magnetically attached to the rear of a car that is being towed and has one axle on the street. Start writing these BLEEPING tow truck driver friends of shortshanks. Take some time out of their day to attend court.

12/23/2008 06:02:00 PM  
Blogger SCC said...

To the whiny bitch who posted at 4:45pm:

That wasn't our comment asshat. See the little tag at the bottom of the posting..."from the comments"? That means someone posted it and we're bringing it to every one's attention.

And your other snide cracks about what we do and don't do, we aren't pimps like you. We don't railroad citizens as you seem to have done.

Asshat.

12/23/2008 08:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suburbs, suburbs, suburbs.

I have already dissuaded several out of town friends from coming to chitroit.

After explaining the exorbitant taxes,
O'Hare delays, terrible traffic, awful public transportation and of course, increased crime, plans were changed. Instead, we will all meet in Mexico.

12/23/2008 10:14:00 PM  
Blogger sharky said...

Anonymous said...
walking 022 ticketing pickup trucks without the truck permit sticker


what kind of permit sticker is this???? the regular truck city sticker or something different?

12/23/2008 08:44:00 AM

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Any B truck plate parked on a residential street has to have a special sticker applied to the windshield next to the city sticker. You get them at your local ward office. Basically, it is permission from the alderman to park your B truck plate on a residential street.
This is something that has not been enforced in Chicago in at least 20 years, but thanks to the current state of affairs, now Revenue is doing it. Present proof of ownership of the vehicle and the card from your city sticker application to your local ward office, and you get the sticker for free. In the future, get them at the same time as your city sticker, when each alderman has the sticker sales at their office.

12/23/2008 10:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop giving people from Streets and Sans any breaks, period.....

12/23/2008 11:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A recently passed ordinance introduced by the City Clerk eliminated the $30 fee for this permit. In addition, the City Clerk’s ordinance greatly simplified the process of obtaining this permit. Starting May 15th, 2008, the Residential Pickup Truck or Van Permits will be available free of charge for qualifying vehicles at Aldermanic offices in the following wards:

The 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 34th, 35th, 37th, 40th, 42nd, 43rd, 44th, 46th, 49th, and 50th wards.

If you do not live in one of the above Wards, you cannot obtain a permit for your pickup truck or van. Therefore, you cannot park a pickup truck or van on residential streets in that Ward.

Qualifying Vehicles:
9-64-170 of the Chicago Municipal Code defines a qualifying vehicle as a pickup truck or van weighing under 4,500 pounds, with no outstanding parking violations, and is displaying a valid and current Vehicle Sticker.

Difference between Residential Parking Permit and Residential Pickup
Truck or Van Permit:
The Residential Pickup Truck or Van Permit allows residential pickup trucks or vans to park on residential streets in the Wards listed above. It is free of charge. A Residential Parking Permit costs $25 and allows you to park in a Residential Parking Permit zone which can be as small as one block. If you live in a zoned area you will need both permits to park legally. A Residential Parking Permit can be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk by clicking here.

Fine for violating this ordinance:
A $25 ticket will be issued to any non-permitted pickup truck or van parked on a residential street or for any pickup truck or van parked in any ward not listed above.

12/24/2008 09:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sharky said...
Anonymous said...
walking 022 ticketing pickup trucks without the truck permit sticker


what kind of permit sticker is this???? the regular truck city sticker or something different?

12/23/2008 08:44:00 AM

###################

Any B truck plate parked on a residential street has to have a special sticker applied to the windshield next to the city sticker. You get them at your local ward office. Basically, it is permission from the alderman to park your B truck plate on a residential street.
This is something that has not been enforced in Chicago in at least 20 years, but thanks to the current state of affairs, now Revenue is doing it. Present proof of ownership of the vehicle and the card from your city sticker application to your local ward office, and you get the sticker for free. In the future, get them at the same time as your city sticker, when each alderman has the sticker sales at their office.

12/23/2008 10:31:00 PM

The aldergoofs office charged me $15.00 for that graft permit!

12/24/2008 09:50:00 AM  
Anonymous The Parking Ticket Geek said...

Anonymous said...

Lets see, you park in no parking for 2 years? Sounds like you got away with one for over 800 some odd days. And a guy was stuck in an elevator and his car was towed.... how is that the tow guy's problem? I'm guessing you are a yuppie transplant.... There is a reason most of us try to move to the far north or far soutwest..... trying to have as normal (suburban) of an existance as possible, while you transplants all move to areas where you have to stack on top of yourselves, even having to 'zone' park. What a crock. Stop crying, start moving!

Dear Anonymous,

You don't understand the law. The sign states it's a tow zone when school is in session. The school is CLOSED! Therefore, the sign and therefore the law, cannot and should not be enforced.

If that person that got towed challenges both the tow and the ticket, they will most likely win.

However, Anonymous, your advice on moving may be a strategy more city dwellers might consider embracing.

The Parking Ticket Geek
www.theexpiredmeter.com

12/24/2008 09:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was coming home on a flight from Boston. As my flight arrived I called a relative who lives 2 minutes away to pick me up from OHare. My relative got a ticket while picking me up at O'Hare from a tow truck driver. I witnessed (so do my wife and mother-in-law) the entire event as a tow truck driver from OEMC hit his horn as I was putting my luggage into the trunk. I literally put the luggage in the trunk and sat in the car. The car was stopped legally for about 10 seconds. I thought to myself, man this guy is gonna send out an "air mail ticket." Sure enough he did. It amazes me that these pieces of garbage tow truck drivers, TMAs, and meter maids have the authority to write tickets and you are totally powerless about it. All in the name of revenue. Remember they will F*** you so don't do them any favors. Hey Pam Zeckman, where are you?

12/26/2008 02:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in 016 and I keep getting parking tickets for parking my f150 on the street after midnight. I can't believe that beat 1631 has nothing better to do than give fellow P.O.'s parking tickets. What is this job comming to?

12/30/2008 01:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of the 16th district is in the 30th ward. The 30th ward does not have truck parking permits. Ald. Banks should drive around his ward and see how many people own light pick up trucks. The streets are filled with them. I don't have a garage to park my pick up in so I get my ticket and pay it. I am now going to sell my truck and purchase another vehicle, though I need a truck for my side business. Shortshank and all his laws that screw everyone trying to just get by in life. This city has more rules and ways of making money off the people. I don't know why anyone would come into Chicago to shop or for entertainment. Your car/truck will either get a ticket or be towed.

12/30/2008 01:44:00 AM  

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