Downtown San Diego, California
I appealed a parking ticket I received in Downtown San Diego by a city automaton doing his job. Apparently I wasn’t supposed to park in front of the chain-linked fence that skirted the closed gas station entrance on Pacific Highway—where I’ve parked numerous times before.
This time, however, was Labor Day. Yes, the day when people are not supposed to be working (a federal holiday). In this case, San Diego parking enforcement was doing what they do best: destroy people’s day with unreasonably high parking citations.
OUtrageous Parking Fines
Many of their citations are unreasonable because cases often involve harmless acts that bring no threat to anyone. For instance, drivers are often cited for parking in a valid zone, only with a few inches of the car over the red-painted curb (it happened to me once: $75 fine on Sunday).
I know it’s technically illegal according to their ordinance, but there should be NO law for cases like this. People should be able to park wherever they want within reason, and private entities have the right to exclude parking in front of their private properties. This is how a free society works. The government is small and insignificant, and the People are mostly governing themselves.
Now, where I parked was in fact in front of the entrance to a closed gas station (private property). Fair enough; but let the owner tell me that I cannot park there—NOT the state!
It’s NOT the government’s responsibility to protect private property. Individuals have a duty of care to their own property, which makes them fully liable. However, the government’s job is to protect the small, pathetic bits of property that it might have, which is funded for by taxpayers. Furthermore governments own far too much land, such federal land maintained by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management). Can you get the message that the state should be insignificant?
I Appealed to Request Relief: They Didn’t Care
Here is the statement of appeal that I wrote to the City of San Diego. The verdict, of course, was to make me responsible still, requiring me to pay the $54.00. The sad thing, is that these people have no conscience about doing what they’re doing. They think it’s good and ethical, as ‘service’ to the city; nothing could be further from the truth. These city employees are only making life unnecessarily burdensome on upstanding, hard working people.
Here is the actual statement of appeal I wrote to the city. Unsurprisingly, they denied my request for relief and made me pay the fine, of which I did (I appealed a parking citation in Boston in 2012 though, and won). We are dealing with people in local municipalities who work to receive our tax dollars—and FINES—to fund their paychecks. What pathetic morons. There is nothing honorable about working for local government if what you do for a living is take people’s money for stupid reasons. I am, really. As usual, I compose formal addresses regardless of who I’m speaking to:
I, Christopher Nawojczyk, respectfully request review of this citation with intent of nullification. The reason is because this area of Pacific Highway is unclear concerning legal and illegal parking. In the photo attached to this citation, another automobile is seen parked directly in front of mine.
Thus, the date being Sunday, it was vague to me whether parking was unlawful at the location where I was parked. There are virtually no parking meters along both sides of Pacific Highway at this vicinity; vehicles are parked along the sidewalk everyday, and none of them get ticketed.
Further, the exact location where I was parked was in front of a condemned building with a chain-linked fence in front, blocking the former entrance.
In addition, I have provided photos that I took a few days later with my own camera, showing both directions in the area where I was parked. Another car is parked at the location directly in front of where I was on the day of citation. Moreover, when I received the citation there was another car in the spot where this car (in the attached photo) is seen.
Nevertheless, I now understand I am not allowed to park where I did, and I will not park there again. Hence, I request dismissal of this citation (this time only) due to the vagueness of the circumstance.
Fmr. Lt, USMC