It seems the city of Oakland, actually a rather well run municipality by California standards, has about 230 spaces that it gives rent free to city workers. If those spaces were rented to local citizens, they would generate about $400,000. This would mean that libraries could be kept open, rec centers not closed, etc.
Try as they might, they could only find about 30 spaces that they could claw back and rent out, the remaining 200 city employees were just too high on the totem pole to pay for their parking.
Free Parking is truly an oxymoron in Oakland.
Hat Tip – Mark