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Los Angeles, Unsafe in Park - Text of Communications Received on this matter

Here I present the text of letters and other papers to me from various offices in the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and the Los Angeles Municiple Court.


Text of the back of the original ticket.

Make check or money order made payable to the CITY OF LOS ANGELES. Write the citation number on the check. Payment is required to be made not later than 21 calendar days from the date of the violation (CVC 40202). Please use the envelope provided. You have 21 days to contest this citation.

PAYMENT:
You may pay by mail to:
          City of Los Angeles
          P.O. Box 30968
          Los Angeles, Ca 90030-0968

You may pay in person at the following locations:
          215 W. 6th St., LA
          668 So. Lafayette Park PI., LA
          9911 W. Pico Blvd., Suite B-201, West LA
          6309 Van Nuys Blvd., Room 103, Van Nuys

COMPLAINTS:
To contest this citation call a phone # below for instructions or visit a payment office.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Send written inquiries to:
          Parking Violations Bureau
          RO. Box 30247
          Los Angeles, CA 90030

TELEPHONE:
For information call:
          (213) 623-6533
          (310) 659-5561
          (818) 901-7027
          (213),623-7046 TTY (8-5)

WARNING: FAILURE TO PAY PARKING FINES MAY SUBJECT MOTOR VEHICLE TO SEIZURE -CVC 22651(i); 22651.7

Failure to pay the parking fine within the statutory time limits may cause the amount to double.
Thumbnail of TicketScan of the front and back of the actual citation

This letter, allowing me 21 days from the date on the letter, took a week to reach my mailbox. This was their response after conducting a flawed field investigation.

CITY OF LOS ANGELES
CALIFORNIA
PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU
PAYMENTS
P.O. BOX 30420
LOS ANGELES, CA 90030
PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU
CORRESPONDENCE
P.O. BOX 30247
LOS ANGELES, CA 90030


07/23/99

Letter #167

Larson Kenneth
Granada Hills, CA 91344

We have received your inquiry and conducted an administrative investigation., including an on-site investigation regarding the citation listed below. The investigation has concluded that the signs were sufficiently clear and visible and, therefore the citation must be considered valid.

If payment has not been made, prompt payment is now due. To avoid the addition of penalties, we must receive your full payment within 21 days from the date on this letter. Write the citation number on your check or money order.
***Do not send cash***

If you wish a hearing before a city hearing examiner, you must request the hearing within 21 days from the date of this letter by filling out this form and returning it to the parking violations bureau (PVB) by mail or in person at a cashiering location. All fines for the contested citation must be paid in full prior to scheduling a hearing. If you fail to contest the PVB within the specified time, you will forfeit the right to a hearing.

Parking Violations Bureau

REQUEST FOR HEARING


Please check the appropriate item: I hereby request an administrative hearing ( ) in person ( ) or by written declaration, please see the reverse side.) Provisions of Sign Language interpreters, readers, and/or other assistive services are available upon request. Please call TTY (213) 623-7046 seven days prior to the hearing.

Please note that non-English speaking respondents are responsible for providing their own translator for the hearing.

Signature                                                                       Date

The City of Los Angeles allows individuals to contest citations without first paying the fine, but only in cases where the individual can document that they qualify under guidelines established by the federal department of housing and urban development as a very low a income household.

Scan of Letter Describing Field InvestigationScan of the letter describing the faulty field investigation.


This is the form that I filled out and sent requesting the formal administrative review.

CITY OF LOS ANGELES
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
HEARING BY WRITTEN DECLARATION
STATEMENT O F RIGHTS AND DECLARATION

NAME: Kenneth A. Larson

CITATION #: 7810___

An administrative review has been completed for this citation. You are entitled to a mail-in or in-person review of the citation by a City hearing examiner provided the hearing is requested within (21) days of the mail date on the notice of the results of the administrative review and you have paid the amount due for the citation.
You may submit with this declaration statements from witnesses with pertinent knowledge of the facts relating to your defense. These statements should begin "I, (name of witness), declare" and then state the facts to that person's knowledge in numbered paragraphs. The declaration should end with these sentences, "I declare. under the penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California, that the foregoing is true and correct.
I have read and understand the above Statement of Rights and Procedures. I WAIVE THE RIGHT TO AN IN-PERSON HEARING IN ORDER TO PROCEED WITH A HEARING BY WRITTEN DECLARATION.

_________
Signature
###-##-####
Social Security Number
August 9, 1999
Date


Declaration


(Please type or print. Attach additional sheets, if necessary. Mail to City of Los Angeles Parking Violations Bureau, P.O. Box 30247, Los Angeles, CA 90030.)

Kenneth A, Larson declare as follows:
I observed some available parking spaces and read the adjacent sign which stated, "NO PARKING 12 NOON TO 2 PM FRIDAY STREET CLEANING," I had no way of knowing that a city employee had installed a sign with the wrong time. I was legally parked in accordance with the "times listed." I showed good faith by returning to my car a fall quarter hours before the no parking time listed. This gave me 15 minutes margin for error.

The city later acknowledged their error by applying a sticker to the sign to correct the sign. This happened after I received the citation.

I DECLARE, UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, THAT THE FOREGOING IS TRUE AND CORRECT.

Signature

Documentary evidence attached ( X) Yes ( ) No. If yes, please list documentary evidence. All documents submitted will be retained by the City of Los Angeles.

Photographs from two rolls of film, 8 total
Illusrtration/map

thumb of map map of the area around the sign.

I also enclosed a more lengthy declaration

Scan of the Declaration to the Administrative ReviewScan of the Declaration to the Administrative review.

CITY OF LOS ANGELES
CALIFORNIA
PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU
PAYMENTS
P.O. BOX 30420
LOS ANGELES. CA. 90030
Seal of Los Angeles
PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU
CORRESPONDENCE
P.O. BOX 30247
LOS ANGELES, CA. 90030
(213) 623-6533
(8 18) 901-7027
                           (310) 659-5561
TTY 8AM-5PM (213) 623-7046


09/21/99

301
LARSON KENNETH
GRANADA HILLS CA 91344

LETTER 0203

CA3TID

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INQUIRY CONCERNING THE CITATION(S) LISTED BELOW.

WE HAVE REVIEWED YOUR CLAIM AND FOUND IT TO BE VALID. THEREFORE, YOUR CITATION(S) IS/ARE BEING PERMANENTLY DISMISSED. NO FURTHER ACTION ON YOUR PART IS REQUIRED

IF PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE AND YOU WISH TO REQUEST A REFUND, PLEASE SIGN THIS FORM AND RETURN IT TO THE PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU AT THE ADDRESS LISTED ABOVE. YOU SHOULD BE AWARE, HOWEVER, THAT A REFUND CANNOT BE ISSUED IF THERE ARE ANY OTHER UNPAID CITATIONS ON YOUR RECORD. MARK THE ENVELOPE ATTENTION: CORRESPONDENCE DEPARTMENT.

UPON RECEIPT OF YOUR SIGNED REQUEST THE PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU HILL PROCESS YOUR REFUND. A CHECK, IF DUE, WILL BE SENT TO YOU WITHIN 30 DAYS.

SIGNATURE

PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU

CITATION NUMBER(S)
7810

Scan of Letter Telling Me I WonScan of the letter telling me I won, it was later retracted, in violation of the US constitution.


(This is the letter telling me they found against me after permanently dismissing the citation. In summary, because I showed photos of the sign before and after it was corrected, they couldn't be sure that the sign might have been correct at the time of the citation and the city later made it wrong. Therefore, they think that the earlier photo was taken before the correction which they say might have been before the citation. In other words, they think I took the photo before I got the ticket. Also, I didn't prove that other signs were different. This is irrelevant, I proved that one sign was wrong, the status of the rest didn't matter. It was their responsibility to prove when the correct time was. If the other signs weren't correct (and different), then they all said I was legal. They also pretended not to have records of when the correction was made. )

CITY OF LOS ANGELES
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
ADMINISTRATIVE ADJUDICATION BUREAU
HEARING EXAMINER'S REPORT/NOTICE OF DECISION

Citation No. 781012444 Citation Date: 6/18/99

Mr KENNETH LARSON
xxxx xxxxxxxxxxx xxx
xxxxxx, CA xxxxx

Witnesses:
None
Exhibits:
  1. Request for Hearing, dated 8/9/99
  2. Respondent's letter to Mayor Riordan, dated 6/25/99
  3. Respondent's declaration
  4. Respondent's eight photos
  5. Respondent's drawing

Fine Amount:40.00 (PAID) Decision: Liable

Justification:         Respondent's vehicle was cited at 11:39 AM for stopping in a posted no stopping zone that was in effect between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM in derogation of Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 80.69(a), "Stopping or Standing Prohibited," which states, "Whenever authorized signs are in place giving notice that stopping or standing is prohibited during such hours or on such days as are indicated on such signs, it shall be unlawful for any person to stop or stand or park any vehicle at any time during such hours or such days."

The standard in regard to parking citations is set forth in California Vehicle Code Section 40202(a): the notice of parking violaiton establishes prima facie evidence that Respondent's vehicle had been parked as described on the citation, wherefore, in order to prevail, it is a respondent's burden to rebut that prima facie evidence with a preponderance of evidence 1) which is sufficient to disprove an element of that prima facie case, or 2) which rises to a level such that it would excuse his or her illegal parking.

In his hearing by written declaration Respondent stated that his vehicle should not have been cited inasmuch as he had parked in reliance on the sign on that block that had disallowed parking between 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. He had not seen the other sign that had disallowed parking between I 0:00 AM and 12:00 PM.

Respondent's eight photos four all show the same posting just to the left of the red brick building. Respondent's photos show that that one posting had had two different street cleaning parking restrictions on it. Those postings had not been concurrent: there had been a posting of the 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM restriction, and separately there had been a posting of the 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM restriction. Respondent's photos show no postings other than the one immediately beyond the red brick building. They therefore do not prove his contention that there had been two different no parking zones posted on that block concurrently. What they show is that there had been two different postings on that block at different times.

Since Respondent has failed to present evidence sufficient to rebut the City's prima facie evidence that his vehicle had been parked as described on the face of the citation, we must find him liable.

The Hearing Examiner's decision for this case is not intended to establish a legal precedent for any other parking citation case. Each case is decided based upon its own unique set of facts, upon the cvidence presented, and upon the Hearing Examiner's determination of the credibilit of the evidence.

Hearing Examiner's Signature B. Burke; Date 10/25/99

In accordance with CVC 40230 you have the right to appeal a final decision of the Hearing Examiner within thirty (30) calendar days from the mail date of the Hearing Examiner's decision. You must file the appeal In Person at one of the following Los Angeles Municipal Court locations: Downtown Civil Division: I I 0 N. Grand Ave., L.A., 90012; Valley Division- Civil: 14400 Delano St., Van Nuys, 91401; West LA Branch: 1633 Purdue Ave., L.A., 90025; San Pedro Branch: 505 S. Centre St., San Pedro, 90731.

Scan of Letter Telling Me I Lost, After I WonScan of the letter telling me that they found against me, after permanently dismissing the citation, in violation of the US constitution.

CITY OF LOS ANGELES
CALIFORNIA
PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU
PAYMENTS
P.O. BOX 30420
LOS ANGELES. CA. 90030
seal of LA
PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU
CORRESPONDENCE
P.O. BOX 30247
LOS ANGELES, CA. 90030
(213) 623-6533
(8 18) 901-7027
                           (310) 659-5561
TTY 8AM-5PM (213) 623-7046

12/08/99

481
LARSON KENNETH                                                   LETTER 0118
GRANADA HILLS CA 91344

THIS NOTICE IS IN RESPONSE TO YOUR REQUEST FOR A REFUND / ADJUSTMENT FOR THE CITATION(S) LISTED BELOW.

WE HAVE RECEIVED DOCUMENTATION TO PROCESS YOUR REQUEST AND If A REFUND IS DUE, A CHECK WILL BE SENT TO YOU WITHIN 30 DAYS- NO FURTHER ACTION ON YOUR PART IS REQUIRED AT THIS TIME.

PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU

CITATION NUMBER(S):
7810

Scan of Letter Telling Me to Expect a RefundScan of the letter telling me that I could expect a refund within 30 days. It took three more months.


CITY OF LOS ANGELES
CALIFORNIA

FRANCES BANERJEE
GENERAL MANAGER

James Okasaki
Assistant General Manager

John E. Fisher
Assistant General Manager

James H. Sherman
Parking Administrator
LA seal
RICHARD J. RIORDAN
MAYOR
DEPARTMENT OF
TRANSPORTATION
P.0 BOX 514507
LOS ANGELES, CA 90051-2507

1 31 485-4030
FAX (213) 485-8378

December 20, 1999

Kenneth Larson
Granada Hills, CA 91344

Dear Mr. Larson:

CITATION 7810

1 have received your letter of December 7, 1999 forwarded to me from Councilman Bernson's office. I regret the frustration you have experienced in contesting this citation. You apparently have been in contact with several different offices of our organization at the same time. Consequently, you received differing decisions from the results of separately conducted investigations.

The earlier decision to dismiss this citation, based on a field investigation, still holds. The administrative hearing should not have been scheduled. A refund will be processed. Please allow thirty days for the processing to be completed.

If you have any further questions regarding this citation, please contact Jannette Allen of my staff at (213) 847-0522.

Sincerely,

SHERMAN
Administrator
Office of Parking Management

Scan of Letter Telling Me They made a MistakeScan of the letter telling me that they had made a mistake and I should expect a refund within 30 days. It took three more months.


CITY OF LOS ANGELES
CALIFORNIA
PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU
PAYMENTS
P.O. BOX 30420
LOS ANGELES. CA. 90030

(213) 623-6533
(8 18) 901-7027
Seal of Los Angeles
PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU
CORRESPONDENCE
P.O. BOX 30247
LOS ANGELES, CA. 90030

                        (310) 659-5561
TTY 8AM-5PM (213) 623-7046
1 , 738
LARSON KENNETH
GRANADA HILLS CA 91344-5934
LETTER #118
01/27/00

CA3TID

THIS NOTICE IS IN RESPONSE TO YOUR REQUEST FOR A REFUND / ADJUSTMENT FOR THE CITATION(S) LISTED BELOW.

WE HAVE RECEIVED DOCUMENTATION TO PROCESS YOUR REQUEST AND IF A REFUND IS DUE, A CHECK WILL BE SENT TO YOU WITHIN 30 DAYS. NO FURTHER ACTION ON YOUR PART IS REQUIRED AT THIS TIME.

PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU

CITATION NUMBER(S):
7810

Scan of the Letter telling me that  I to Expect a RefundScan of the letter telling me that I should expect a refund within 30 days. It took two more months.


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