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Election Winners Declare War on Countries; Election Losers Declare War on Loose Parking Laws

From the “where are they now” department…

Michael Dukakis, the former governor of Massachusetts who Democrats nominated to lead the free world in 1988, is now a part-time professor at UCLA. In his new semi-hometown and position, Dukakis has declared war on… apron parking.
That’s the term used when a car is parked in a driveway between the street and the sidewalk (but, the parkers emphasize, not blocking the sidewalk). Local residents say ticketing apron parkers will take a bad parking situation even worse; the neighborhood around UCLA, the North Village, has about 850 curb spaces and about 5,700 vehicles belonging to residents.
Opponents of Dukakis’ scheme to ticket apron parkers gather here… Flint Dille, one of the residents miffed about Dukakis’ meddling with the existing parking system, has challenged Dukakis to a duel and I’ve just been told Dukakis declined the invitation.
My guess is Dille wanted a chance to re-use President Bush’s line, “that last answer was about as clear as Boston Harbor.”

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