Google has been upgrading the verification process with both more strictness and more opportunities to communicate problems with Google. These communcation forms are somewhat buried in the Help Files and it is not clear that Google is handling requests with any dispatch but they are positive if weak signs of a movement towards more support in Places.
These screen shots were passed to me by Mary Bowling, a great local seo with SEO Overflow and seem to indicate that Google will further upgrade support. This option to allow the end user to communicate to Google about verification problems started showing up late June & early July in a few dashboards. They have not yet been seen widely in the wild but it appears to be an effort on the part of Google to push problem solving further out to the smb rather than forcing them to hunt it down. Hopefully we will see this option in every dashboard going forward not just a select few and there is a timely solution to legitimate problems after the submission.
It can’t come soon enough from my perspective.
Screen Shot 1:Google Places Moving Help Closer to the Dashboard? by Mike Blumenthal