Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Mystery Solved - Sort Of

Hillbuzz is having a field day with this one.

The registered owner info popped up there, here and a couple of other blogs. TheExpiredMeter opines this might be a mistake - there is no signage designating a "No Parking Zone," but the yellow line on the curb is usually indicative of some sort of restriction (distance from hydrant, crosswalk, etc.) Now here's another twist:
  • Hop over to the City of Chicago "Pay Parking Tickets On-line" site;

  • Enter the plate and last name (X550474 - Davis);

  • Scan the list of tickets issued
Out of 30 tickets issued over 2 years, 18 are listed as "dismissed." 60% of tickets beaten - not bad. We haven't heard of a dismissal rate that high since the judges stopped taking bribe money at Traffic Court.

Also, the last ticket issued was late in 2009. Nothing since. It certainly lends credence to the allegation made by a Traffic Aide that her hand-held ticket writer has that plate labeled as "Do Not Write." Hillbuzz blog did numerous walk-bys and took a bunch of photos of the car still parked illegally over the past day or two. It must be nice to be that clouted that you can just create your own parking spots.

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40 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, is this guy an executive with United, like that other blog mentioned?

6/01/2010 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No signage required. Yellow curb means no parking zone.

6/01/2010 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the pictures posted on the website it looks like the bmw is parked outside metered parking spot. There used to be ticket for that.

6/01/2010 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to make any excuses, but I know of one establishment (a car wash on Broadway) who do not have a loading zone, who painted the curb in front of their place yellow themselves. Similar to the way some restaurants post bullshit valet signs, without or past a designated loading zone and try to keep parkers away. Most people won't park there for fear of a ticket. I parked there and the owner tried to shoo me off. I told him to pound sand. He called a squad, who said there is no signage and couldn't make me move.

6/01/2010 12:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Davis Love III............oh Danny Davis,,,,,,,, or maybe his brother who holds a very high ranking spot with Water Reclamation, doing absolutely nothing but golf six days a week!!!!

AND THATS A BONAFIDE FACT JACK!!!!!!!!

6/01/2010 12:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Boystown where those in the know have carte blanche & anything goes. Must have alot of dirt on 42 short or considering his recent comment to Joravsky, that speaks volumes for itself.

6/01/2010 02:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had an idea this might have been a legal spot all along. It isn’t uncommon in Lakeview for yellow curbs not to have the necessary signage to indicate they are no parking areas. It happens for a variety of reasons, the sign was knocked down in a traffic accident, stolen or never hung at all. Just a case of typical incompetence by Streets and San (or whoever is supposed to maintain the signage). The paint on the curb usually scares off other drivers so such spots are usually available. Unfortunately now the secret it out and little gems like this could disappear.

6/01/2010 04:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if a ticket would be issued if someone else parked there the next time the spot's open

6/01/2010 07:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yellow curbs are usually done by firehydrants, fifteen feet in length in each direction from the firehydrant to give reference to motorist where not to park. If they are parked within that yellow curb by a hydrant you can bet a revenue generator for Mayor Mumbles with hook you up with a ticket. If there is no parking restriction signs posted on a curb yellow curb or a hydrant it doesnt mean shit and anyone can park there. The only parking tickets one could write that vehicle witout posted signs would be 12" from curb or if the car was blocking the crosswalk.

6/01/2010 07:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had an idea this might have been a legal spot all along
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I agree about the spot possibly being legal, but the whole point is that the car comes up "do not write" which means it can park in any valid no parking spot without getting a ticket.

6/01/2010 08:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just have the car towed to the
nearest Police impound yard and
see who shows-up to raise a stink.

6/01/2010 09:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any relation to denise davis, Shiller's head of staff in the 46th?

6/01/2010 10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had an idea this might have been a legal spot all along. It isn’t uncommon in Lakeview for yellow curbs not to have the necessary signage to indicate they are no parking areas. It happens for a variety of reasons, the sign was knocked down in a traffic accident, stolen or never hung at all. Just a case of typical incompetence by Streets and San (or whoever is supposed to maintain the signage). The paint on the curb usually scares off other drivers so such spots are usually available. Unfortunately now the secret it out and little gems like this could disappear.
6/01/2010 04:15:00 AM

There's a pay at paybox sign right at the front end of the spot, so it was probably screwed up last year when the meters got replaced by the boxes. Supposed to be a no parking sign on that post too.

6/01/2010 10:17:00 AM  
Blogger Hotel said...

He's not being ticketed because--lacking a sign--it's a legal space. Chicago Municipal Code 9-64-150b: "The commissioner of transportation is authorized to determine places in which the standing or parking of vehicles would create an especially hazardous condition or would cause unusual delay to traffic and those streets or parts of streets upon which parking shall be prohibited, and to erect and maintain appropriate signs giving notice that standing or parking is prohibited. It shall be unlawful to stand or park any vehicle in violation of any sign erected or maintained pursuant to this subsection."

Nothin' about yellow curbs.

6/01/2010 10:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shows you the city is not working. 60% of the tickets were dismissed, that means 40% of the hearing officers didn't get the call or forgot about getting the call.
Another thing, he must have alot of free time to go to those hearings to get the tickets dismissed

6/01/2010 10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From that one photo it appears that is maybe the 20 ft from a crosswalk?

6/01/2010 11:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if this is a legal spot that the closest company painted yellow for whatever reason, I wonder why it's only this car that repeatedly parks there. Especially if he lives on Margate...it's not exactly around the corner.

6/01/2010 11:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I worked in that area because I would go past it every day and write a ticket if it was there.

6/01/2010 11:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey as long as there isn't a body ducted taped and wrapped in a blanket inside who cares!

6/01/2010 11:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For a while I had a dismissal rate that good, back when an officer kept wrongfully ticketing me for lack of residential permit when I wasn't in a permit zone. Once she cited me for lack of permit AND parking in yellow zone. Can't be both. It was neither.

6/01/2010 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

6/01/2010 12:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, there was a notice in the C.O. book some years ago that we were not to write vehicles parked in like situations unless, besides the yellow curb, there was also a SIGN indicating that it was a no parking zone.

6/01/2010 01:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SERGEANTS VOTE YES ON CONTRACT

The sergeant's voted "yes" approximately 750 to 94 to ratify the contract today; 01 June 2010.

6/01/2010 02:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to make any excuses, but I know of one establishment (a car wash on Broadway) who do not have a loading zone, who painted the curb in front of their place yellow themselves. Similar to the way some restaurants post bullshit valet signs, without or past a designated loading zone and try to keep parkers away. Most people won't park there for fear of a ticket. I parked there and the owner tried to shoo me off. I told him to pound sand. He called a squad, who said there is no signage and couldn't make me move.

6/01/2010 12:19:00 AM
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Then call Streets and San and they will remove the yellow, if it's not SUPPOSED to be there.

6/01/2010 02:54:00 PM  
OpenID hipiap1 said...

@ 6/01/2010 04:15:00 AM:

You hit the nail right on the head...No Violation since there is no sign/crosswalk/hydrant.

@ 6/01/2010 12:03:00 AM:

You, Sir; Are a Moron. Read up on your Code before you write bogus parkers.

6/01/2010 03:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He knows da mare!

6/01/2010 04:59:00 PM  
Blogger Hotel said...

I don't wanna suggest that there may be a drama queen blogger in Boystown, but the whole "Do Not Write" computer angle sounds like fanciful embellishment.

For grins, I just pulled that spot up on Google’s Streetview.

When the Google photo van drove by that spot, meters were still in place, the curb was yellow and there was NOT a sign….not even a post where a sign oughta go.

Around the corner on Newport, there is clearly a no parking sign, which explains why Hillbuzz’s friend got a ticket 10 feet away from the Beemer.

See for yourself. Enter “newport and halsted, chicago” at http://maps.google.com and go to Streetview. The “free space” is on the southwest corner, behind the white Jeep Cherokee.

6/01/2010 05:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

6/01/2010 12:24:00 PM"



you, sir, lack imagination.

6/01/2010 05:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this the same Edward Davis who is manager of Corporate Staffing for United Airlines? One of Chicago's largest employers....

6/01/2010 05:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at the photos. No signs restricting parking.

Yellow painted curb means dick.

Everyone's in a tizzy over a guy parking legally.

http://theexpiredmeter.com/?p=6238

6/01/2010 06:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget about the yellow curb or lack thereof, why does this car come up "do not ticket"??? It can be parked anywhere illegal and the car is NOT subject to ticketing.

6/01/2010 06:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care about boys town, or yellow curbs, or even that much who's car it is. what bothers me is that there is a designation in the ticket writer for DO NOT WRITE! Who else on on this list? How do you get on it? Why is anyone on it as it seems at the least unethical if not illegal.

6/01/2010 11:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Curb markings only needed.

9-64-140 Common-carrier vehicle stops and stands.
(a) The commissioner of transportation is authorized to establish bus stops upon 20-day prior notice to the alderman of the ward in which the bus stop is to be located and, subject to the approval of the city council, is authorized to establish horse-drawn carriage stands, bus stands, taxicab stands and stands for other passenger common-carrier motor vehicles on such public streets and in such number as shall be determined to be of the greatest benefit and convenience to the public, and every such stop or stand shall be designated by appropriate signs or curb markings or both. The commissioner of transportation is authorized to determine, upon 20-day prior notice to the alderman of the affected ward, those locations within the central business district, south of the south line of West Kinzie Street between Halsted Street and the Chicago River, and south of the south bank of the Chicago River between West Kinzie Street and Lake Michigan, where the restriction on parking at any such stop sign or stand shall be modified to limit the prohibition on parking of unauthorized vehicles to Mondays through Fridays or Mondays through Saturdays.

(b) It shall be unlawful to stand or park a vehicle, other than the type of vehicle for which the stop or stand is reserved, in violation of signs posted, in any stop or stand described in subsection (a) that has been officially designated by appropriate signs or markings; provided, however, that this provision shall not apply to a vehicle engaged in the expeditious loading or unloading of passengers when such standing does not interfere with any bus, horse-drawn carriage or taxicab waiting to enter or about to enter such zone.

(Added Coun. J. 7-12-90, p. 18634; Amend Coun. J. 9-11-91, p. 5008; Amend Coun. J. 12-11-91, p. 10832)

6/02/2010 01:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its all a matter of suction.

6/02/2010 01:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/02/2010 01:17:00 AM

It's not a stop or stand. Therefore, a sign is required.

6/02/2010 06:24:00 AM  
OpenID hipiap1 said...

@ 6/01/2010 11:37:00 PM:


There is NOT a Do Not Cite List in Revenue.

Can't speak for Ser Co or Clerks office.

6/02/2010 06:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the tickets were probably dismissed because the tickets were illegal. With no erected sign, its a legal spot! After so many illegal tickets, someone probably said to stop writing tickets in that spot. I don't see a conspiracy, I see someone that found a loop hole and used it. Good for him. I'd start using the spot, but after all this, I'm sure, a sign will be going up soon.

6/02/2010 10:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would anyone know if the ticket writing computer requires an address of offense? Maybe it does and responds with "do not write" because the address of offense is incorrect.

6/02/2010 03:26:00 PM  
OpenID hipiap1 said...

@ Would anyone know if the ticket writing computer requires an address of offense? Maybe it does and responds with "do not write" because the address of offense is incorrect.

6/02/2010 03:26:00 PM

The Auto Cite ticket machines that Dept of Revenue and City Clerk/Ser Co use require the basic information to be filled in:

Plate #
Make/Model/VIN/Exp Year/Plate type
Address direction/name/number
Violation + Comments
Photos (if needed for citation being Issued)

There is only 1 type of Pop-Up box on these machines....

For plates that were reported Stolen.

6/03/2010 05:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of you on this topic are morons! Who mentioned a KMA person to write the ticket? What a chicken shit thing to type! What is even worse, all you college kids wasting time "analyzing" the legality, distance, curb color, and even "googling" the location! Be the police and make a decision! Quit wasting space on this blog with "Mystery solved" bullshit over a pimpy parking ticket! We have all got parking tickets from "fellow officers" with FOP all over our cars and never got this kind of debate! Maybe your diapers are too tight!

6/04/2010 08:22:00 AM  

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