Parking rules are frustrating
The invisible ink that the city of Ashland uses to write its parking rules (according to the meter maid) and based on which it charges for infractions is like citing a person for walking in an undeclared nonpedestrian zone.
The first ticket was for parking in front of the Ashland Art Center. Yes, I can pay for being parked for too long. But when you go away for two hours and come back and park, where is it written that this is an infraction? These parking rules are so arbitrary and unstated that I think that we ticketed Ashlanders and visitors should join together in a class action suit against the city for making us pay for infractions for which no one is being made aware.
Where in the world does it say you can't park on the same side of the street on the same block for more than two hours in any one day? I defy the city to defend this illegal ticketing. We can't be that broke as a city.
I wonder how many tourists have been caught in this invisible ink syndrome more than once and quit coming to our town as a result. I actually know one such person who said, "screw this, I'm through with Ashland." I will write to the judge with "proof" of departure and return, and complain, yes, but the inconvenience and dishonesty of this process is, let's say, more than frustrating.
Mt. Ashland hire shows desperation
The news that the Mt. Ashland Association has hired a professional fundraiser to do the job that they cannot convince enough people to do themselves is a desperate and irrational act. What kind of magical arguments might a fundraiser use to persuade investors to contribute?
They will certainly have to avoid the facts: failing to meet fundraising goals in past years, several prior organizations that also failed, a worsening climate situation in which neither they nor Mt. Shasta could open, with no guarantee of improvement. They will have to ask for money to support an unnecessary project, unsupported locally, by an organization that is willing to put at risk an entire community's water supply by expanding logging into its watershed. And they will need to avoid the matter of aerial radar surveys that show mountain sediments landslide-ready.
Mt. Ashland is our community mountain, our water supply, our recreation, our communion with wilderness. Continuing to pursue an unrealistic goal will not change the facts. It would only leave the community further at risk for catastrophe.