Is John and Ken's "head on a stick" campaign coming to Ventura?

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If you're a politician in California the last thing you want is to be mentioned on The John and Ken Show, let alone have them dedicate a full segment to you.

Yet that's what happened to Ventura Mayor Bill Fulton Thursday afternoon, when the outspoken hosts--infamous for their anti-incumbent "heads on a stick" campaign--spent twenty minutes lambasting him for hurting downtown businesses with the installation of parking meters.

John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, who daily reach a million listeners on KFI (AM 640), said they were angered after reading a Ventura County Star article about the emotional meeting between businesses owners and city officials over the unpopular parking meters in front of their stores.

The article quoted Gary Parker, a Tea Party activist who owns American Flags and Cutlery, as saying, "I'm telling you, if my business goes down, I am going to dedicate my retirement to bringing those (meters) down."

A producer contacted Parker, and shortly after 2 p.m. he was speaking to John and Ken on the air about the mayor, who Kobylt called "Mayor full-of-it Fulton."

Fulton caught the attention of John and Ken over the weekend, when he was quoted in a Los Angeles Times profile of UCLA professor Donald Shoup, the "prophet of parking."

 "It's really remarkable how he has become the godfather of this parking idea," said Ventura Mayor Bill Fulton, who as a UCLA planning student in 1982 took Shoup's class on public resource economics.

"Don has been saying the exact same thing for 40 years, and finally the world is listening to him."

Fulton, in fact, said he recently became a full-fledged Shoupista when Ventura implemented a Shoup-style parking management program and quickly saw the intended results. By charging for 400 of the 2,900 public parking spaces downtown, the city has spurred employees of local businesses to park at free city lots and walk to work rather than use curb spaces needed by customers.

Business owners, led by Parker, say that they are seeing far fewer customers since the parking meters became operational in September.

"You got to fight the stupid people, and Donald Shoup is an educated fool and Mayor Bill Fulton is an idiot for being a Shoupista. It's a cult," Kobylt ranted. [continue reading]

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So Ventura Mayor and his council spends a MILLION DOLLARS of our money hoping to make money, but instead hurts the small businesses. Get out of the way and let these people do their job.

There is a 2007 blog from Rick Cole, which mentions purchasing the parking meters, and that they had just heard Don Shoup and how great he was, and he said to charge enough for parking that it would discourage people from using their cars.
Well, it is not discouraging people from using their cars, it is stopping them from coming downtown.
In the paraphrased words of the great President and Orator, Ronald Reagan......
Mr. Mayor, "Tear down those parking meters"!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Holy cow, yes! Both of these posters are right on target with their comments. The Ventura City Council and City Manager are great at dreaming up these marvelously complex schemes (like the 911 fee). And then when they fall flat on their face, they kind of shrug their shoulders and go: Oh well, guess we better try something else.

In the meantime, the taxpayers have sunk millions of dollars into these ivory tower experiments that will never be recovered. Fulton and Cole should limit their social experiments to the classroom and let those who actually know how to run a business do it.

This whole thing is sickening.

Everyone remember the budget process that relied on red light camera income?

How's that working out for us now?

Same game, same predictable outcome.

yes, they are coming to Ventura. :)

yes, they are coming to Ventura. :)

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This blog attempts to add perspective and context to local and national politics, through a variety of disciplines, such as history, economics, and philosophy--all tempered with common sense. About the author

Eric Ingemunson's commentary has been featured on Hannity, CNN, NBC, Inside Edition, and KFI's The John and Ken Show. Eric was born and raised in Ventura County and currently resides in Moorpark. He earned a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from California Lutheran University. As a conservative, Eric supports smaller government, less taxation, more individual freedom, the rule of law, and a strict adherence to the Constitution.
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