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Street Sweeping and city revenue

2009-04-23 13:08:17.769795+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Here's an interesting look at how governments lose their way and become oppressive: Reducing street sweeping in San Francisco is costing the city money:

"Why would we save $1 million to lose more than $3 million?" asked Supervisor David Campos, noting that the city also raised parking fines from $40 to $50 in August to make more money.

Because with less street sweeping the city is writing less tickets to cars parked on the street during street sweeping times. While I like clean streets (and appreciate the street sweeping schedule in Petaluma), it sure seems like Mr. Campos is only a few steps away from implementing some sort of municipal "Simon Says" in order to raise money

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#Comment Re: made: 2009-04-23 16:24:37.838109+00 by: meuon

I am starting to have weirdly serious issues about the role of a city, or for that matter, any government, to be so concerned about making money.

They should be concerned about the public well being, and that includes leaving us alone and letting us keep our hard earned money as much as possible.

I am becoming more and more of an anarchist/libertarian every day.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-04-23 16:46:55.010509+00 by: m

All too much of the law is "Simon Says"

#Comment Re: made: 2009-04-23 20:31:35.614172+00 by: petronius

I've often wondered what would happen if a religious or health revival swept the country and our newly virtuous citizens gave up tobacco, liquor and gambling. My state would be bankrupt in a week, instead of in six months like it is now. They would be asking Michele Obama to do ads promoting snuff and cigars to refill the coffers.