I read your Sept. 8 article (“Quiet Zone Proves a Ticket Trap”) about the ticket zone where you stated that 48 of the 314 tickets handed out over a two month period were contested, one being dismissed. Happily I am the one, however at great expense. Calculating my time at $5 per hour, $73 for gasoline and making a DVD, I spent $343, a pretty heady cost to retrieve $43.
Was worth it? Absolutely.
Why? Because it once again shows that one person on a mission can beat City Hall and all their insidious roadblocks.
The city showed clear incompetence at following the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices which clearly defined what “no parking” signs should look like. Then to tax and overburden visitors with their ineptness is despicable. It is just so obviously and clearly wrong.
It was proved in my presentation that anyone that got a ticket in that area should not have because the signs are illegally designed, illegally placed and illegally painted.
I do not know who the hearing officer was but he clearly listened to my presentation for at least 30 minutes, took notes, asked questions and then ruled in favor of the truth. God bless America. We still have a few people that do the right thing.
My presentation was recorded and anyone should be able to get a copy to use in their defense.
The city will likely not step up and put up real “no parking” signs because they are simply banking on the fact that most people will just pay and walk away. Citizens 1, City Coffers 314. Pretty good odds in favor of the city.
The mayor, the police chief, the officers that write the tickets, they all know the signs are a joke, yet they will likely do nothing to change them. That saddens my effort.
In closing I just want to thank Andrea Adelson and Rita Robinson for taking the time and taking the heat on writing about this ridiculous nonsense for the last couple of months. You both proved to me that the second part of our great system still works. Thank you for renewing my faith in the process of free speech. I am so proud of the both of you as journalists. You dignify and enliven the word.
I am just one person. Sadly it is going to take all of us to get our country back and we are going to have to fight much harder than I fought to set our ship back on course. This simple act proves to me in my gut that we can get it back and it also proves that we are going to have to fight and fight and fight to do so.
Frank Mattingly, San Clemente