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City Of L.A. Can't Let A Private Company Handle Parking Ticket Disputes, Court Rules
Getting a parking ticket sucks. Disputing a parking ticket that was wrongfully issued sucks even more. Now, after a ruling by a state court, the city of Los Angeles has to change the way the appeals are handled.On Monday, the California Court of Appeal ruled in a decision that L.A. cannot continue letting Xerox and a subcontractor known as PRWT Services handle the review of disputed tickets. "Based on the language of [the Vehicle Code] and relevant legislative history, we hold, as did the trial court, that the City is required to conduct the initial review, and cannot contract with Xerox to perform that duty," said the court in their decision (link opens as a .doc file).
Xerox (yes, the copy machine guys), if you didn't know, is hired by the city to process parking tickets. Attorney Caleb Marker, who represented Cody Weiss in the initial lawsuit, told NBC 4, "We don’t believe it's fair the way it's administered right now through PRWT and Xerox; they only allow their employees three minutes to review a single parking ticket challenge."
The court ruled that the system had an "inherent conflict of interest" since Xerox and PRWT were also earning a profit on the tickets that were issued. Some retired parking enforcement officers have gone so far as to claim they were given quotas on the number of tickets they issued per day.
While the hope is that the ruling would mean a more transparent system for the appeal process could be put into place, it seems like the city of Los Angeles won't go down without a fight. "We are currently reviewing our appellate options," the city told NBC 4.
Map: Here's Where The Most Parking Tickets Are Handed Out In L.A.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.