Hero & Zero: Star Observers & Tickets Galore

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By Nikki Silverstein

Hero: Two observant Marinites saw something and said something when they spotted a suspicious fellow with a Ferrari on East Francisco Boulevard. The first person called the San Rafael Police Department after the odd man attempted to panhandle gas money for his 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB.  The next caller reported that the guy was acting strangely and appeared to be showering the car with gasoline. Police arrived and questioned the man, who said that he owned the car and had left it in the shop for two years. Unconvinced, the officers contacted the Ferrari dealership, which confirmed that the car, valued at $245,000, had been stolen from their service department two days before. Police arrested Rocky Jimenez, 36, of Georgia, for vehicle theft and other charges.

Zero: Folks attending Tam High’s graduation received a peculiar welcome. Parking tickets. A meter maid and law enforcement were waiting to give tickets to visitors who dared to park on Almonte Boulevard, a side street near the school. Whose bright idea was that? Think about the decision-making process that led to sending cops to the annual event. Let’s ruin the once-in-a-lifetime celebration for seniors and their families by writing tickets or forcing a futile drive to find legal parking—in the rain. Yep. It was raining. We think it might have been a better use of resources to direct folks to areas where they were allowed to park, or better yet, the school and community should work together to devise a parking plan for their guests.

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