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Parking Meter Woes

The Oakland Tribune reports that about 400 parking meters in Oakland have gone headless this year, in an attempt for some vandals to score some change -- but they're mostly coming up empty, city officials said yesterday. Most meter heads are so sturdily built, that it's nearly impossible to break them open. When officials find them discarded, they're rarely broken open, Karen Boyd, spokeswoman for the city administrator said. Oakland's been in the process of switching from the old-fashioned meters to the mulit-space meters that take credit cards. As a result, the city has plenty of the old meters in storage to replace the sawed-off machines, Boy said. [Mercury News]