Downtown business owner Levi Beckman showed us this recent … comparison, between the parking pass he purchased from one of the city’s automated dispensing machines, and the ticket issued by Officer Dave Phelps. The parking permit expired one minute before the ticket was issued. The nice thing about the automated parking passes is that they let you take the time with you when you move your car. The not-so-nice thing is that they tip Officer Phelps to the exact time they will expire — and the precise time at which a really savvy, revenue-positive patrolman should be sitting there, waiting for the chance to issue a citation. Oh? He wouldn’t do that? Camping on tickets about to expire? For cash purposes? In Hood River? OK, this is probably the first time a ticket has been issued so close to the expiration time. This was just coincidence. Officer Phelps probably just happened by when time expired. It’s never happened before, right? Because, if it had, frequently, with regularity, one might think the enforcement detail was — how shall we say this? — a little bit predatory? But that’s not the way we do business in the Hood, right? Mr. Beckman thought it a bit too incongruous. We kinda sort agree that it looks a little hinky. Has anything like this ever happened to you? Use the comment link to share your story. We’re waiting for the Mayor to respond — he likes to respond. And maybe the police chief. And city manager. Right is right, by god — parking malefactors be damned! Today, the citation. Tomorrow? The empty street. No parkers, no crime. Problem solved. Uh, what problem was that again? No wonder people have such an adversarial view of the adversarial approach to parking enforcement. So, if not this standard of rectitude, what? Maybe that in which the offending car has accumulated too many bird droppings and tree leaves to suggest that it has been parked there only briefly. Oh, will this battle never cease! Imagine what it would be like if we didn’t have meters downtown? We’d have to gripe about … what? What else is there?