Alex Wan speaks for you, gay parking scofflaws
Atlanta’s Gay-in-Chief Alex Wan tried to help you, irresponsible gay drunks averse to following the rules when parking at Blake’s, Mary’s and My Sister’s Room. Sadly, he failed and the city’s parking enforcement trolls will now be extracting even more blood.
Wan has been telling anyone that would listen that a proposal by City Hall to hike parking fines – from $25 to $35 and a steep jump to $70 after 14 days – was a bad idea. ParkAtlanta elicits so many complaints that they need time to “get it right,” he says. Drivers “may be unfairly penalized” and signs aren’t clear, Wan complains. The fines are “inflated,” he adds.
And more than that, his District 6 – which includes nightlife-hearty Midtown, Virginia-Highland and East Atlanta – feels the impact of ParkAtlanta’s problems more than many other areas of the city.
So the gay City Council member stood up with three colleagues on Monday and voted against the proposal. Trouble is, eight other City Council members voted for it.
“Until we have a good appeals process, we have no business inflating the fines. My alternative would be to forgo the revenue until we get it right,” Wan said during Monday’s debate.
Sorry about your steeper parking fines. Wan really did try to help. At least he was successful in spearheading a vote to allow you to decide if you want to buy beer and wine in retails outlets on Sundays. But don’t even think about extended bar hours.
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