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California: Battle lines are drawn over lucrative traffic fines(leeches fighting over loot)
LAT ^ | 02/12/10 | Rich Connell

Posted on 02/12/2010 10:45:59 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster

Battle lines are drawn over lucrative traffic fines

An L.A. councilman and a state senator clash over which entity should issue red-light and other citations and keep the money.

By Rich Connell

5:14 PM PST, February 12, 2010

In an emerging high-stakes battle fueled by government budget woes, a Long Beach lawmaker is attempting to stop cities from launching what she calls a "raid" on state coffers by collecting and keeping traffic fines.

With some tickets now costing more than $500 -- and with most of the money going to the state and the courts -- California municipalities in small but growing numbers have begun issuing traffic citations under their own laws, rather than under the state vehicle code.

Some local officials see it as a winning tactic that allows them to reduce penalties for the public while boosting cash flows because their agencies keep all of the money.

Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine called this week for the state's largest city to pursue such a program for red light tickets and possibly other moving violations.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: infighting; revenue; trafficfines

1 posted on 02/12/2010 10:45:59 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; PAR35; AndyJackson; Thane_Banquo; nicksaunt; MadLibDisease; happygrl; ...

P!


2 posted on 02/12/2010 10:46:27 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (LUV DIC -- L,U,V-shaped recession, Depression, Inflation, Collapse)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Texas small town in the summer ... speed through it and see what happens.. makes piranha look tame.. they have to pay for the new mustangs...


3 posted on 02/12/2010 10:48:38 PM PST by gibtx2 (keep up the good work I am out of work but post 20 a month to this out of WF Check)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
What's hard to understand is how are these parasites re-elected?
Doesn't the California Constitution enumerate relevant judicial partitioning.
4 posted on 02/12/2010 10:53:42 PM PST by J Edgar
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We have a cat fight here, and yes it is over blatant revenue-raising. I don’t know what’s normal in other states as I have so seldom seen a ticket at all, but it would seem to me the smallest unit of government that can address the situation should be the one that does.


5 posted on 02/12/2010 10:54:33 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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A descent into feudalism with tollgates and drawbridges


6 posted on 02/12/2010 10:56:26 PM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
We have a cat fight here, and yes it is over blatant revenue-raising.

Government mafia vs government mafia
Each governmental entity craves maximum revenue to hire more parasites who are family and friends of those already feeding at the trough

7 posted on 02/12/2010 11:00:11 PM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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California is so dysfunctional.


8 posted on 02/12/2010 11:04:09 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: gibtx2

Speed traps and other “traffic” initiatives with the design of revenue collections is immoral and violates the spirit of the law if not the constitution itself.

Watching our current crop of “leaders” on all levels might best be described as watching a man quickly bleeding to death from a carotid artery cut wide open (entitlements) who is focused on using a band-aid to stop the bleeding from a paper cut.

They can use a whole box of band-aids on little cuts but death is still certain. We are broke on almost every level and only a blind optimist will not admit it. Government on all levels will try to nickel and dime their way out of the inevitable (traffic fines) and won’t change a thing. They will just make citizens angry and our children will still be enslaved for today’s entitlements, corporate bailouts, and interest on the debt.

P.S. - Look up Waldo, FL, on the internet. It’s another ridiculous “speed trap town” that has been out of control for decades. Citizens in towns/cities/states that use police to “revenue” should be ashamed of themselves.


9 posted on 02/13/2010 12:05:13 AM PST by volunbeer (Dear heaven.... we really need President Reagan again!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

An image comes to mind: vultures scrapping over roadkill.


10 posted on 02/13/2010 6:01:24 AM PST by randita (Sarah Palin has the same computer that I have.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It’s all about the money. It’s ONLY about the money.

Anyone who tells you anything different is either hopelessly naive, or a supporter of this type of literal highway robbery.


11 posted on 02/13/2010 10:45:55 AM PST by Jay W
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It is about the money but it should also be about the citizens who allow this foolishness. I have noted that most of these revenue speed-traps target visitors and not the folks who live there.

I guess the residents can justify the “tolls” for passing through if they don’t pay the toll themselves. Shameful.


12 posted on 02/13/2010 11:38:36 AM PST by volunbeer (Dear heaven.... we really need President Reagan again!)
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Tell the judge to pound sand. Can't send a traffic violator to jail, because a Federal judge has already ruled the jails are over-crowed! Looks like a Catch-22...

Oh, yes! Someone in Sacramento could start laying off state-drones, reducing salaries, and quit appointing suck-up buddies to do-nothing positions.

13 posted on 02/14/2010 6:03:43 AM PST by pointsal
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