My question involves a traffic citation from the state of: CALIFORNIA by the Dept of State Parks and Recreation. I received a parking citation at San Elejo State Beach for not displaying my CA STATE PARKS annual pass on my mirror. I realized I'd forgotten to display the pass I carry in my car and before I could get back to the car I received a ticket. I went to the closest State Park ranger right down the highway and asked to have the ticket dismissed since I did have the parking pass. The ranger said I had to write a private entity that the State of CA employs to issue tickets in order to get it dismissed. OK, I did this and sent a letter describing what happened and sent the ticket and a copy of my pass to the SANTA ANA office for the CA STATE PARKS and REC Parking Administration. The reply I got 6 weeks later was simply stamped Dismissal DENIED, reason given, failure to properly display pass. Fine: $71.50!!!
I called the State Parks and Recreation HQ in San Diego and asked about appealing this and was given a complete and utter RUNAROUND. I called the Santa Ana Parking Administration, after searching for the correct number, the toll free number on the ticket was a misprint, and was told that I would have to send the money in and ask for a telephone contact to appeal. What? They already denied me my rights by stamping their reply to my letter DENIED. What is this legal? I want my day in court in front of a magistrate. I am not paying the State of Calif. their PIRATE'S RANSOM without exercising my right to contest my accusers in person. If anybody has a work around to California's Stand and Deliver governmental policies of late, I would appreciate your help.