Department of Parking and Traffic Complaint - Receiving an unjustified $250 citation
CALIFORNIA -- If anyone can help me, I would appreciate it.
I go to Starbucks a lot in an area where it's hard to find a parking spot, but I have I thing about looking for a legitimate spot for as long as it takes because I do not want to throw my disability money away to the City.
I recently parked caddy-corner from the Cafe, where there was a "ramp" as there is on every corner. There was also red marking where you can't park in. Before I parked there, I actually measure the distance between my car and the ramp and it was 4 ft. Why did I do this? Because, 10 years ago, in the Marina at midnight, I got a similar ticket where I was NOT blocking any ramp and in 5 minutes I got that $250 ticket. I learned then that you can't just stay out of the red, but you cannot park within 3 ft from the ramp (see handbook) and I was about that distance.
I fought it way up to a judge in a court because it was a bogus ticket and SO much. But, I lost. I was furious. So from that day on, when I park anywhere near a ramp, I make absolutely sure that I am not breaking the law, including distance from any ramp.
When I got out of Starbucks recently, there was a ticket on my car and I could not imagine what it was for. Sure enough, it was one of those same tickets I got 10 years ago, still $250.
I always have my cell phone since I'm into photography and I took a 10 pictures of that car from all angles. Then I went back into Starbucks to see if someone would look at my car. Unfortunately, people don't like to become involved in being witnesses sometimes (I would have), but there was a meeting of SFPD officers in the back room of Starbucks and they told me I could go in there and ask if one of them gave me that ticket.
I was so furious and knew I was in the right, that I entered a room full of SFPD Officers and asked. They told me that none of them issued that ticket, that if it was computerized it came from the Dept. of Parking and Traffic accompaying by some profanities. They told me to take pictures and dispute it. I wanted one of them to look at my car but they were in a meeting with the Captain, etc.
So far, I sent in all the pictures, a letter, and that I was legitimately parked because I was. It was as if a law enforcement officer lied about my being legally parked, seriously. If I get a ticket that's justified, I pay it. This was a lie.
I got a letter back saying that they had an "administrative review" and determined that I deserved the ticket and directions as to what to do next. What exactly was discussed at the administrative review. The picturres clearly show h ow far away I was from any ramp and my bumper cleared the red completely and more.