Nevada City, CA — If you live in or visit Nevada City chances are you will see Richard Craneum patrolling the streets of the downtown historical district. Craneum has been the city’s sole parking meter reader for the last 8 years. He makes sure that people parking in downtown have paid the parking meters and aren’t parking in the same metered parking area for more than 2 consecutive hours.
“It’s a career that requires perseverance, dedication, and a commitment to duty. Not only is it demanding, but it’s a fulfilling and rewarding position,” said Craneum, while writing a citation for a violator parked outside The Mine Shaft Saloon on Broad Street.
“I can’t imagine doing anything else for a living. People are always telling me ‘you take your job way too seriously’, but it’s not work when you love what you do.”
According to Nevada City officials, the $15 citations for parking violations bring in thousands of dollars of revenue a year into the city’s coffers.
“It’s kind of fun to catch people not following the rules. Like that ‘Gotcha’ moment! It’s exhilarating. Some people get worked up when they see me writing a citation, which can make my day very interesting. I mean, sure they are probably spending money in town but who said it was alright to camp their vehicle in the parking spot for the day? This isn’t Burning Man. Plus Nevada City officials can always use that extra money.”
“I also make sure to tell people that smoking is not allowed within the city limits. I will use the megaphone if the person isn’t within earshot from me. Tourists and other visitors are often unfamiliar with our progressive non-smoking ordinance and it’s fun to surprise them when they are trying to unwind and enjoy their cigarette.”
The Nevada City Chief of Police recently announced that Craneum is eligible for a K9 partner, beginning in the next fiscal year.
“With a police-trained German Shepherd by my side” said Cranium, “I feel I could do a better job and feel less lonely during my shift. We could even eat lunch together. And scare away those vagrants in Calanan Park.”