City Treasurer Defends Parking Tickets for Breast Cancer Marchers
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The City Treasurer is defending her policy of giving out parking tickets at expired meters during the Komen Race for the Cure this past weekend.
Tishaura Jones was criticized by Tom Carpenter of Shiloh, Illinois in a Post-Dispatch letter to the editor, after he attended the event, got a ticket, and saw many other cars with tickets.
“The city and Mayor Slay should be ashamed! Attila the Hun had better PR techniques,” Carpenter wrote, “When 30,000-plus people come to downtown for such a worthwhile event, all meters in the area should be free for the morning hours.”
Jones made no apology for the expired meter tickets, noting that she did lower the rates on parking garages and lots to accommodate the crowds for the breast cancer event.
“My defense is go to any other major downtown city and you’re going to pay even more than a dollar an hour for parking,” Jones said, “You’re going to pay even more than ten-dollars for an expired meter. Have you been to Chicago lately?”
Jones added that she is not insensitive to the issue of breast cancer in her own family.
“I have no shame in telling anybody that I’m on the high risk list for breast cancer and get checked every six months because of my family history,” Jones said.
Jones says for any event downtown, if you’re going to be there for longer than two hours, it’s better to find an off-street lot or parking garage.
When asked how many tickets her team wrote during the Komen Race for the Cure, Jones said that information was not yet available.
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