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A lucky parking meter is something you will never find again in Santa Monica

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Parking in Santa Monica, previously.

The days of fortuitous parking have met an untimely fate by the sea.

Monday began the reign of the 'smart' parking meter in Santa Monica with the debut of more than 6,000 high-tech timers that take their cue from ground sensors. As soon as a car leaves, the device mercilessly resets, wiping out the remaining time that would have previously been gifted to the next soul in the space.

Also, the new sensors -- which are solar-powered and able to take payments by credit card, phone and coins -- will keep cars from staying put. Drivers "will no longer be able to run back and feed the meter to keep their cars parked over the allotted initial time limit," notes the L.A. Times

What the new meters taketh, however, they may returneth in some capacity by alerting parkers via text message when the apparatus is close to expiring. Of course, this means sharing a phone number with the robots, and without getting too conspiracal (not a real word), that potentially opens a door to possible privacy concerns. 


Santa Monica veteran police officer becomes city's first female police chief

Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks

Inglewood Police Department

Inglewood Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks will be moving back to Santa Monica to become their top cop. She is Santa Monica's first female police chief.

For 25 years Jacqueline Seabrooks was an officer in the Santa Monica Police Department before she was wooed away by the city of Inglewood to become their Chief of Police. After almost 5 years away, Seabrooks will soon return to Santa Monica to become the beach city's first female top cop.

Seabrooks has been a police officer for most of her adult life. When she was just 19 years old she was one of the youngest officers with the California State Police Division. While on the SMPD, the Los Angeles native assumed many roles over her 25 years: patrol officer, background investigator, training officer, academy drill instructor. She was the department's first female police sergeant (1990), first female lieutenant (1996), and first female captain (2000).

City Manager Rod Gould appointed Seabrooks after a three-month nationwide search. She succeeds Chief Timothy Jackson, who retired.