City Council is entertaining hiking the littering fine in the city from $50 to $100. This is certainly a good idea — a stiffer fine may help pay for officials to monitor the rampant littering problems, and who knows, maybe we'll get lucky and have enough revenue left over so that Mayor Palmer can add another lieutenant to his personal security detail!
Council President and Palmer worshipper, Paul Pintella, said the existing fine is "a laugh." It's hard to disagree, but what's even more laughable (at least on the days when I don't find the state of affairs in this city to be incredibly depressing) is that the current littering ordinance is not enforced. Oh yeah, the residency ordinance isn't enforced either, along with several other key bits of city legislation.
Before we start talking about changing our laws, maybe we should start enforcing them, and see how things go for awhile?