One officer requested anonymity while the other, Larry Randolph, pulled the veil back full monty style and claimed that it is a well known practice within the Los Angeles Parking Enforcement community that certain numbers are expected (eight tickets per hour). He specifically cites the granting or denial of overtime hours as being tied to meeting these established quotas.
If this is true someone is going to get in some serious trouble. First of all, quotas are illegal. Yes, they aren’t simply uncool. Secondly, any elected LA official supporting or giving the appearance of condoning this practice can definitely kiss his or her job goodbye because calling parking ticket quotas unpopular in LA is like calling Donald Sterling mildly offensive.
One of the most disturbing aspects of parking ticket quotas is that this essentially amounts to a regressive taxation on the masses. Many of these people are middle and lower income residents of Los Angeles that are the least capable of fighting unfair ticketing and also the most hurt my the expensive nature of these tickets.
No definitive proof is in, but if it turns out parking ticket quotas have existed in Los Angeles, my question is what will be done about it? Sure, someone’s going to lose their job, but that doesn’t help out all those people that received tickets.
I believe people that received questionable tickets, of however many years this quota system has been in use, deserve a review and possible reimbursement. I know this seems like a huge job and is a potentially very expensive penalty, but perhaps it will discourage this type of illegal behavior in the future. After all, doesn’t the LADOT use exorbitantly expensive tickets as their way to deter Los Angeleans from parking illegally? It only seems fair that an excessively harsh penalty should be used against them to discourage their own illegal activity if it turns out to be true.