So all we see downtown and has been documented is ok with the Mayor, City Manager, City Council, and the Police but a random act of kindness is not. Is this part of the disconnect we have been speaking about. Mayor, how did you respond to the citizen who said:
"Dear Mayor Piercy, I was absolutely OUTRAGED to arrive home from my job this evening and hear about the 6 pm news story regarding the arrest of a man commiting random acts of kindness by updating his fellow Eugenians parking meters. My significant other and I are both EXCEEDINGLY ANGRY!!!!!! All that matters is the hungry meters are kept fed, not who feeds them.
The fact that a meter maid cited him and then called police after he rebelled and had him arrested just goes to show myself , my partner and many scores of others that these parking meters are all about making the city a buck. You wonder why downtown is dead... DUH , BIG RED TRUCK.... Who wants to be a slave to a parking meter and stress about a ticket? Downtown is made unapproachable by these parking meters. We will not frequent a downtown we already support through our property taxes, by being forced to pay or be penalized with a ticket! People conducting business or pleasure cannot always make it back in time to re-feed the meter.
That Gentleman was only being kind and thoughtful... these are the virtues that once reigned in Eugene... AND NOW EUGENE OFFICIALS ARE PUNISHING PEOPLE FOR KIND GESTURES. I bought a home here because Eugene used to represent, diversity, equality, mutual respect, and warmth. I am ASHAMED.. the meters were kept paid! The meter maid was upset by this was she, WELL THAT ONLY PROVES THE CITY WANTS TO TICKET THE CITIZENS AND MAKE MORE MONEY OFF OF US. Then to have police come and arrest this man.
I think the entire police department, and meter maid, and her superior, and you as the Mayor, and all other officials who made this attitude and arrest legal for such actions on behalf of the thoughtful Eugenian, should be reprimanded, and should make a formal and public apology to this man and to all of us OUTRAGED citizens. And while you are at it. TAKE THE STINKING PARKING METERS OUT OF DOWN TOWN, FIRE THE METER MAIDS, HIRE SOME EXTRA POLICE FOR THE PUNKS RUNNING AMOK DOWN TOWN THAT SHOULD BE ARRESTED, AND THEN, HOW ABOUT A NICE FEATURE STORY ABOUT THE GENEROSITY OF THE METER FEEDING MAN AND HIS RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS WHICH SHOULD BE APPLAUDED AND APPRECIATED NOT PUNISHED!!!!!
SHAME ON EUGENE AND THE IGNORANT WAY IT IS BEING RUN!!!! EUGENE AIN'T WHAT SHE USED TO BE! I JUST MAY MOVE ELSEWHERE AND BE A HOMEOWNER AND TAXPAYER IN A TOWN WHERE THE CITIZEN'S COME FIRST AND I CAN BE PROUD OF MY CITY!!!!
SIGN ME ONE ANGRY HOMEOWNER!!!!! (concerned citizen) ______________________________
Not only was the action by the meter maid incorrect but it was elevated to new heights by the police department and now seems to be condoned by our Mayor with her no comment. We have many problems downtown and this is not one of them. When can we expect to see the Mayor, City Manager, City Council and Police Department turn their attention with such enthusiasm toward the major problems of downtown.We don't need more words just more action like Mr. Bond encountered only with the real law breakers downtown.
EugeneAdvocates for a Clean City