Driving

Investigating LA parking tickets given to cars in Northern California

Thumbnail image for parking-cop-in-red.jpgFor more than five years, Sacramento's CBS TV affiliate has been investigating reports by drivers in Northern California who get parking tickets from the city of Los Angeles when they swear they weren’t there. The latest case involves Mark Ehrensberger, a Rancho Cordova man who says his car has never been in Los Angeles, so he won't pay the ticket in the mail for expired plates. “It really is an annoyance for me. And honestly, if I would have known it would have been this much hassle, I would have just paid the $25,” Ehrensberger told the TV station.

“I just bought the car, and of course, the dealer would never let it off the lot without the tags on it. So it obviously had the tags showing,” said Ehrensberger.

His explanations to the city saying he never drove his car there didn’t work and now the ticket has grown to $100. His story sounded familiar.

Frank Densmore told us in 2008 his tent trailer was ticketed by Los Angeles. But the cobwebs we saw on the trailer proved it hadn’t been moved in years.

“I’ve never been to LA, and I’ve got no way to move that trailer,” Densmore told us.

We received more complaints from viewers who told us LA showed no mercy, refusing to drop the tickets until we got involved.


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