Fresno is unfair to citizens, especially low-income citizens.
Has anybody recently received a parking ticket? I did the other day, because I left my car on my friend’s street where it was marked “No parking on second Tuesday of month for street sweeping.” Oops, it turned out that it was the second Tuesday of the month. So OK, I am guilty. Yet, when I got the ticket in the mail (photo proof), the fine was $58! Ouch!
Not only that, if I did not pay-up in five days, the fine would go up to $116 with the threat that if my payment was not timely, the ticket would be sent to a collection agency!
That policy is usurious!
Fresno City Council, take notice: “California’s usury law, set forth in Article XV Section 1 of the California Constitution and codified in 10 different code sections, limits the amount of interest which can be charged on any loan, or forbearance, of money.”
With the city treating a 50 percent increase in the parking ticket fines because a citizen is not timely (within 30 days) is outrageous and downright indecent! A parking ticket on a city street for overnight costs $58? Disgraceful!
James Henry, Fresno