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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is being raked over the coals for his plan to discount parking tickets for people who are financially struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The California Democrat has come under fire for promoting the $20 discount on parking citations for those who pay their fines within 48 hours. The city’s “Early Pay L.A.” program is set to launch on Monday and will run through June 2021, but Garcetti’s announcement Friday on social media was met with outrage and mockery.
“My administration will continue to do everything possible to support Angelenos through the unprecedented challenges we face,” Garcetti said Friday, according to KCAL.
“COVID-19 has dealt a devastating blow to Angelenos’ financial security, and these funds will provide essential relief to our residents during this moment of economic upheaval,” he added.
The eligible tickets are those related to overnight and oversize parking districts and for some vehicles displaying recently expired permits as well as residential street sweeping citations. The “incentive program” is limited to tickets issued on or after November 2, 2020.
The “Early Pay LA” program was announced as part of payment relief options offered by Los Angeles in response to COVID-19. Garcetti, who was also serving as a co-chair of the Biden campaign, promoted the new discount on Twitter as well.
“We’re delivering assistance to Angelenos facing economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Garcetti tweeted. “Starting Monday, with our new Early Pay LA program, @LADOTOfficial will offer a $20 discount on parking citations paid within 48 hours.”
We’re delivering assistance to Angelenos facing economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) October 31, 2020
Garcetti, who is serving his second term as mayor of Los Angeles, has been under scrutiny over his longtime advisor Rick Jacobs, who has been accused of sexual misconduct. Garcetti denied this week that he had ever seen any inappropriate behavior from his former deputy chief of staff, but asked him to take a leave after new allegations surfaced last week which Jacobs has denied.
Journalist Yashar Ali accused Jacobs of forcibly trying to kiss him on several occasions in a report he shared. His reaction to Garcetti’s coronavirus ticket discount was one of many slamming the Democrat. (**Language warning)
Is this a fucking joke? https://t.co/bn9GeeX3WJ
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 31, 2020
And in a state that has been reeling under draconian coronavirus lockdowns under the leadership of its Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who issued newly revised guidelines that will impact upcoming holidays, the latest effort by the Los Angeles mayor was decimated on social media.
“This is literally a sale on parking tickets,” comedian Johnny Taylor tweeted.
“There’s that brave, visionary leadership Garcetti is known for,” BuzzFeed News’ Brandon Wall wrote.
This is hilarious. A $20 discount on tickets as pandemic relief. https://t.co/6tez15H3BR
— Zito (@_Zeets) October 31, 2020
A nice preview of the bold, innovative policy action we can expect from Garcetti when he becomes Biden’s Secretary of Transportation https://t.co/I7iYBK8yi6
— Zach Griffen (@runzach) October 31, 2020
I keep coming back to this and wondering how much time and money went into developing this new program, and how many people must have thought this would go over well. 😂
— Nicholas “DeckTech” Weiss (@hsdecktech) October 31, 2020
Eric is just busy gunning for his Biden administration gig 🥴
— Kat Bee (@katbeee) October 31, 2020
I mean, have you considered NOT charging people money to park outside the homes they’re stuck inside?
— Leanne Koch 🖤🤎❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 (@LeanneFryingPan) October 31, 2020
good grief, man, do you expect to be congratulated for THAT?
— Wide Awake & Still Breathing Behind My Mask (@innerspacegirl) October 31, 2020
Wow. This is incredibly tone deaf.
— Amanda (@truelyesoteric) October 31, 2020
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