Office of the Sheriff
September 8, 2003
BOARD MEETING DATE:
October 7, 2003
Honorable Board of Supervisors
Sheriff Don Horsley
Amendments to the San Mateo County Ordinance Code to Revise Parking Violation Penalties and to Clarify Other Parking-Related Text in the Ordinance Code.
Approve amendments to the San Mateo County Ordinance Code to revise penalties for parking violations and to clarify other parking-related text in the Ordinance Code.
The County Ordinance Code and certain sections of the California Vehicle Code contain provisions governing the parking of vehicles in the unincorporated parts of the County, as well as the penalties for violations of these provisions. The California Vehicle Code states that the governing body of a jurisdiction in which notices of parking violations are issued is empowered to adopt a schedule of penalties for parking violations and for late payments. The law also provides that, to the extent possible, such penalties should be standardized across jurisdictions.
It has been many years since the County last set penalties for parking violations, and currently such penalties within the County are often lower than penalties for the same or similar violations occurring in other jurisdictions within the County, in some cases by a substantial amount. Administrative responsibility for parking fine management was transferred from the Courts to police agencies and the Sheriff about three years ago, and it is time to review existing parking fine levels. Pursuant to the California Vehicle Code, it is appropriate to adjust the penalties for violations of the Ordinance Code's parking provisions to better track those in other jurisdictions.
The adoption of this proposal will support the commitment of providing responsive, effective and collaborative government. Similarly, the adoption of this proposal will further the goal of county and local governments effectively communicating, collaborating, and developing strategic approaches to issues affecting the entire County.
The adjustment and standardization of parking penalties may result in a moderate increase to County parking fine revenues, although a specific dollar amount is difficult to quantify, since many factors besides just the penalty schedule influence the enforcement and collection of parking fines. There are other indirect but important fiscal benefits that will be realized as well, such as improved efficiency and productivity for Public Works street cleaning crews.