Does this mean I must pay for the parking space for the few minutes that I go into the post office to retrieve my mail after hours?
I suppose the alternative is for me to take a Metro bus that runs once each hour during certain hours. Then, I could walk across Olive Avenue to the post office to retrieve my mail without incurring a parking fee.
I completely understand that the post office, like so many companies and individuals, feels a financial strain during these tight economic times, but I already pay a rental fee, and I believe that fee should include free access to my post office box since the time for me to be in the parking space is minimal. For others who don't have a post office box, why would they pay for parking if free parking is available elsewhere?
I want to be fair in my assessment of what the situation is about and how to handle it, but I have no idea who we should talk to or what the procedures are to decide on a parking policy or, as Diugach states, if it is even legal for the post office to impose parking fees?
Stop carelessly plucking wildflowers
Several months ago, I wrote about the spring beauty of the Verdugos and the three types of litterers that particularly incensed me — smokers, tissue droppers and organic litter slobs. I forgot another that readily earns my wrath, too — wildflower pluckers.
Several weeks ago on the Las Flores Motorway, I saw for the first time along that road a single lovely large-flowered phacelia in bloom. I've only seen one other over the years during my hiking the Verdugos. Disgustingly, a week or two later, that single plant was gone and its wilted flowers were strewn along the road by some idiot.