It was 2:20 p.m. when I realized that it was Friday, the day it is illegal to park in front of my house between 2 and 4 p.m. because of street cleaning.
I raced to my car and saw the parking enforcement officer down the street, so I breathed a sigh of relief that I had missed out on a ticket for a change. Parking the car around the corner, I skipped lightly back into the house, only to come out later to see a ticket on my windshield. The officer had followed me to where I was legally parked to give me the citation.
Obviously, the officer had a vivid sense of humor, and could not pass up on the opportunity to reward a 70-year-old man for his mad dash across the sidewalk, but this ticket brings up a larger question. Why does Burbank have, and we the citizens pay for, street cleaning on streets that are kept clean anyway by the householders, either directly or through their gardeners?