|Submitted||March 11, 2012|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the California's Sunshine Amendment (Cal. Const. Art. I, § 3(b)), I hereby request the following records:
A list of waived parking tickets processed between March 9, 2011 and March 9, 2012, including the license plate on the citation, the name of the individual cited, and the name of the official who waived the ticket, and any documentation as to why these tickets were waived.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.
Thank you for contacting the Office of the City Treasurer, Parking Administration Section. If you are attempting to appeal a parking citation you were issued, please go to our online appeal form at http://www.sandiego.gov/parking/citations/adminreviewform.shtml and complete the process.
If you have questions or concerns, we will respond to your email within 48 hours. Again, you can no longer appeal a parking citation through this email box.
City of San Diego
This is to confirm we have received your PRA request of the City of San Diego, received March 12, 2012. Your request was for a list of waived parking tickets processed between March 9, 2011 and March 9, 2012 including:
* the license plate on the citation
* the name of individual cited
* the name of official who waived the ticket
* any documentation as to why these tickets were waived
There are some issues with the request which must be addressed before the data can be gathered. First, the name of the individual cited is not legally disclosable. The City receives those records from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV); they are highly regulated. The City has signed an agreement with the DMV which is consistent with the confidentiality requirements of the California Vehicle Code sections 1800, et seq. The agreement prohibits the City from disclosing the names and addresses of registered vehicle owners under any circumstance.
Second, the requested records exist within two separate City databases; there are no hardcopy records. California Government Code does consider data existing within a database to be responsive documents, but allows for the jurisdiction to be reimbursed for any special programming required to create the responsive record query. This request will require City staff to perform such programming.
Because the requested query pulls information from multiple database tables, building and running it will take City staff approximately two weeks and is estimated to cost approximately $319.32. Payment would need to be received before the query is built. Unfortunately, we are not at liberty to waive this fee.
The one data record that can be provided without charge is a query of the citation date, number, and license plate number of each ticket waived. Let me know whether you would like to proceed.
Hi Mr. Enger,
Getting the citation dates, numbers, and license plate numbers of each ticket waived should fit our purposes just fine. I really appreciate your help.
Sorry for the delay. Can you clarify whether by "waived" you mean dismissed tickets? Waived for the City of San Diego can also mean reduced (as in fix-it tickets) or by Administrative Appeal. Dismissed would mean tickets written off entirely.
Just dismissed should work. Thanks
Good Morning Mr. Nash: Attached is the responsive document in an Excel Spreadsheet you had requested under the California Public Records Act (number 2012-146) regarding parking tickets. Feel free to contact me, should you have any questions in this regard.