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Santa Cruz needs Capitola’s parking enforcement officers, reader suggests
On Monday, Street Smarts printed a letter from a disabled driver who complained about able-bodied motorists parking in spots reserved for people with disabilities in front of the main post office in Santa Cruz. Below is a letter from a reader who thinks the city should follow Capitola's lead and hire people who have a stake in parking issues that involve those with special needs. " While Santa Cruz city employees charged with code enforcement may giggle and grin at the idea of ticketing anyone violating the blue parking zones reserved for people with disabilities, the story in Capitola is different. And it has been for many years," wrote Deborah Lane of Santa Cruz. "There, a group of parking officers -- all of them disabled -- travel around in power wheelchairs doing the job they are paid to do. "The Quad Squad" is a story worth telling. Mr. Granlund should look to hire qualified candidates with disabilities for the position of parking enforcement, he might get a better outcome -- like Capitola's."