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LA's Homeless blog weighs in on those parking meters designed to collect money for homeless services. San Francisco is the latest city to get the meters, a trend that started in Denver, but Santa Monica added metal dolphin statues years ago as a way to collect funds for homeless. Is this effective? Yes and no. "To collect funds to help homeless people, it is ineffective. To encourage people to stop giving to panhandlers, it is effective." [LA Homeless Blog]