Vehicle Abatement: Tough or not tough enough?
Reading this week's North Coast Journal piece on vehicle abatement in Eureka, sounds like it might have become one of those things that takes on a life of its own like so much else in government. At least some people seem to be having their own cars, parked in front of their own houses, towed. I was afraid this might happen.
When I first heard that they were going to step up enforcement of abandoned or illegally parked cars, I wondered if it might come to this. I mentioned here before that one of my pet peeves is abandoned cars. I've turned at least two in myself over the last year. I was going to turn in a couple others but they were either moved or towed before I got the chance.
I think Eureka's vehicle abatement program worked fine before. I've had that McCauley fellow- the guy who used to do most of the abatement work- stop by and ask me about my wrecked trailer. Once I told him it was mine, he went on his way. I've had my newer trailer tagged for abatement, as well. Tore off the sticker, though, and never heard from them again.
But some people, including my old National Guard Buddy, Kris Reynolds, don't think the abatement efforts go far enough.
I'll acknowledge that there are problem cases like the one she mentions, but hopefully those can be dealt with whether or not we get even tougher on illegally parked cars, as she suggests. Yes, there will always be some difficult cases, no matter how tough we write the laws.
Besides, now with the Police Service Officers proactively driving around and tagging cars, think about the gas being used. The cost of the gas alone should be enough to give people second thoughts about this stepped up enforcement.
Let's not beat ourselves over the head with this thing. It worked well enough the way it used to be handled.