Menlo parking tickets to cost $3 more

Average citation to be $45

With apologies from Mayor Rich Cline to all those parking in Menlo Park, the council voted on Tuesday to raise fines for parking violations by $3. The hike goes into effect on Dec. 7.

Menlo Park is passing along an increase in how much money the state collects per citation. Currently the state gets $9.50 for each ticket.

But Senate Bill 857, which passed earlier this year, contained a clause allowing the state to collect an additional $3 per ticket from the city, or about $50,000 more annually, as estimated in the staff report. Without raising the ticket fines, the city would be responsible for paying that amount.

Police Management Analyst Susan Tsai told the council the average ticket cost would be $45 if they approved the increase.

Vice Mayor John Boyle asked whether the increase could be affected by Proposition 26, which passed during the November elections. The statewide proposition requires a two-thirds vote by either both houses of the legislature, or by local voters, to raise certain types of fees or charges.

According to City Attorney Bill McClure, parking tickets don't fall into that category.

With grumbles and apologies, the City Council voted unanimously to pass the surcharge on to local drivers.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 18, 2010 at 11:11 am

Just an early Xmas gift from the council. Anything goes in the council's efforts to discourage shopping (or living) in Menlo Park.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 18, 2010 at 11:32 am

Is it true that Menlo Park already had the most expensive overtime parking fines on the Peninsula?

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Posted by citizen
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Nov 18, 2010 at 11:58 am

MP council is encouraging people to park in the neighbor hoods, then
walk to the shopping area. Clog the residential streets ! Of course
the walk would be good for us as well. They don't patrol the side streets as often as the parking lots.

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Posted by Fred
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 18, 2010 at 12:42 pm

They can't decide how to fix the parking but can sure pass on the fees!

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Posted by marie
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Nov 18, 2010 at 12:42 pm

too funny. first were encouraged to shop local to boost the economy then MP sticks us with a parking ticket if we take too long while were shopping to boost the economy. sounds like they
want their cake and eat to. forget it menlo park you this is not burger king and no you can't have it your way.

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Posted by Downtown Business Owner
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 18, 2010 at 1:20 pm

If I'm doing the math correctly, $50000 divided by $3 is 16667. Divide that by 250 weekdays per year (52 x 5 reduced by a few days of parking amnesty during the holidays) and the number of tickets per day is roughly 66.

Going back the other way - 16667 x $45 = $750000 per year.

No wonder they don't want to make the parking more customer-friendly down here.


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Posted by Why
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 18, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Oh great. An even higher fine every time I forget to move the car in at night.

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