No matter what you call it, it's a quota
City leaders always deny that parking control workers---we used to call them "meter maids," but many of them are now guys---have quotas for the number of parking tickets they issue. Today's story in the Examiner puts the lie to the denial---again. (An Examiner story back in January also showed that it was a lie.)
Parking control officers have handed out fewer citations during the past few months---$7.5 million less than expected, to be precise. Officials with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees parking enforcement and the Muni system, said they will try to catch up on the citation-giving so the department---which has raised fares and altered transit service recently to save money---will not end the year with a deficit.
Whether you call issuing more parking tickets "catching up," a "recovery plan," or "meeting projections," motorists in SF are justified in calling it nothing but "a quota":
[Chief Operating Officer]Haley said the agency, which has a total budget of $775 million, will be putting together a recovery plan to see if it can still meet its projections for the year, which would require more tickets to be issued during the next several months than planned.
In fiscal year 2008/2009, the city collected $170,767,615 from parking tickets, parking meters, parking lots, and parking permits.