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Readers React: It shouldn’t be so hard to reverse an unjust parking ticket in L.A.

Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu has called for a review of the no-parking signs put up by the
A sign put up by the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services warns of parking limits.
(Los Angeles Times)

To the editor: Like several L.A. Times letter writers, I can sympathize with Hollywood resident Lisa Soremekun, who fought for two years to be reimbursed for an unjustly written parking ticket. I too fought the bureaucracy and eventually won, though I had to jump through many unnecessary hoops.

I got a ticket for violating a street sweeping sign that said there was no parking during certain hours every Monday. Problem was that my ticket was issued on a Tuesday.

I made calls, sent in paperwork and complained in person only to have my appeal rejected each time. Only after I was given an in-person appointment, in which someone was able to use Google Earth to compare the street sign with the date on my ticket, did I get my money back.

I wonder why this wasn’t done earlier. Either the system is completely broken, or the powers that be want us to just give up and abandon our pursuit of justice.

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Jeff Bernhardt, Valley Glen

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