Two things I read today that caused me to sit up and take notice:
1. This post at Savvy Wallet regarding the new regulations to be placed on credit card companies. Frustrating that the regs do not go into effect until July 2010, but I’m glad to know they have been passed.
(Here’s a WSJ article on the matter.)
New Parking Enforcement Tool
Don’t think you can get away with the 75 minute shuffle! In February the Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD) began utilizing an electronic chalking system to monitor parking enforcement. The “autoChalk” system uses photographic, laser and GPS orientation to identify parking violators. This system is currently installed on one of ten parking enforcement vehicles used by the SBPD.
The autoChalk system uses color photographs to provide proof of an offense. These photographs are coupled with the system’s unique technology to determine vehicle length, vehicle color and survey quality GPS positioning.
The information determines the length of time a vehicle has been parked at a specific location. AutoChalk prompts the Parking Enforcement Officer that a violator has been identified so the officer can issue a citation. This system can be operated in inclement weather which further enhances the efficiency of parking enforcement.
In 2007 the SBPD requested proposals from vendors utilizing this and similar technology in an on-going effort to reduce serious and repetitive stress injuries associated with traditional tire chalking methods. The autoChalk system permits Parking Enforcement Officers to electronically identify violators from the safety of their vehicle while traveling with the flow of traffic.
The autoChalk system also possesses license plate reading technology to identify habitual parking offenders and stolen vehicles through the California Law Enforcement Terminal System (CLETS). The autoChalk system costs $60,000 and was paid for partially through auto theft grant funds as well as salary savings from unfilled positions in the Parking Enforcement Unit. The SBPD will still continue to use traditional chalking methods as well.
The Santa Barbara Police department is committed to providing a safe environment for its employees while continuing to provide efficient and effective parking enforcement for the community. If anyone has further questions on the autoChalk system feel to contact Sergeant Lorenzo Duarte at 897-2332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sofie had pneumonia last week, and was in the hospital for 3 days. I had stomach flu.
I now have bronchitis.
I feel like crap.
Sofie’s greatly improved… a bit raspy, but otherwise playful.
We started watching Pirates of Penzance Sunday. She seemed especially smitten by Kevin Kline.
My sister, Elysia, is flying into town this Wednesday. Wants to nail down some details for her wedding here in May.
She’s repeatedly tried calling Bella Dolce to arrange for a cake, but no answer. Anyone know what that’s about?
Okay. Time for me to make some tea. Just wanted to pass forward this awesomeness that George shared.
I’ll be back soon to write. I have lots to say. :)
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