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16.10.060 Citations and Nuisances.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 165987 and 170923, effective March 21,1997.)

A.  When a vehicle is found in violation of this Title or any other Title of the City Code or state law, the officer finding the vehicle will:

1.  note the license number and/or any other information displayed on the vehicle that may identify the owner; and

2.  issue to the operator or place in a conspicuous space on the vehicle involved in the violation a serially numbered parking citation.

B.  The citation will instruct the vehicle owner to answer to the charge or pay the penalty imposed within a specific number of days, during specific hours, and at a specific place or to be mailed in a specific number of days.

C.  It is a violation of this Title to be the owner of a vehicle parked in violation of any of the provisions of this Title.

D.  It is unlawful for any unauthorized person to change, erase, alter mar, mark, mutilate, or destroy a traffic citation form that has been issued under authority of this Title.

E.  Unless otherwise provided for in this Title, any person violating a provision of this Title is subject to a fine of up to $500 upon conviction of the violation.

F.  The court may proceed to make a determination, enter a disposition, and enter a judgement without a hearing on a citation issued under this Title if the person cited fails to request a hearing within the time provided on the citation.  In no event shall a judgement be taken sooner that 60 days from the date of the citation and without prior notice by mail to the person against whom the judgement is taken.

G.  When a nonvehicular violation of this Title is discovered, the adjacent property owner is responsible for all abatement proceedings.