Los Angeles County Traffic Courts
Call it a public service announcement, call it a plea to stop PM'ing me a million times but let me explain some things.
March 16, the Los Angeles Superior Court made the decision to lay off 329 employees due to a huge budget deficit.They also made other decisions in order to save money, one was to shut down the traffic call center.
Yes, this is a huge inconvenience for the public as a great deal of people choose not to come physically into a courthouse to handle their traffic matters, however, it should be noted, you may still use the automated system to do things such as request an extension, pay your ticket and request traffic school. What you can't do is speak to a live person anymore.
There have been a few people on this site and others that I have given numbers to directly to speak to someone regarding their tickets. Their situations were either extreme, or I saw something that led me to believe that there was a problem in the processing in their tickets. Believe me, I'd like to give everyone a number to speak to someone, but my reasons for not doing so are two fold:
1. If everyone begins calling into the unit to speak to people regarding their tickets, it slows down the overall process. Those people have to now stop what they are doing to help you and research your ticket and ultimately, that's all they will end up doing all day long. While that's fine for you, that's not ok with the rest of the public because they would like to have their tickets worked on as well. With the last round of layoffs (and more to come at the end of the summer), these people are working harder with less, they are already very busy and overworked. There is no overtime, therefore there's just not enough hours in their 8 hour day. They didn't put the state in this budget mess, they don't deserve to carry the stress of it.
2. Those people that lost their jobs are my friends. The people who remain are also my friends. I'm extremely sorry that it's an inconvenience for you to have to take off work, take hours out of your busy day (and yes, it'll take hours), deal with the backlog and the confusion of this mess, but if enough of you get irritated with the current system (and it's only going to get worse), then maybe you'll press upon your legislators to fix it and get these people back to work. Remember not to take your frustrations out on them. It's not their problem. They didn't write you the ticket and they are only working within the parameters they are given. If you have any issues, your issues are with your government. They can't take every ticket personally, they can't give you their undivided attention 100% of the time, and quite honestly, there are 500 people who are worried about whether or not they are going to have a job in 4 months.
So, if I see something that rings a bell with your situation, I will prompt YOU to PM me. If I haven't done so, then please understand that as well.
If you wanted babies all to yourself, you should have created them by yourself. Until you do that, children have the right to BOTH parents, especially since you found them suitable to procreate with.