Parking tickets raise ire at Sonoma County Hall of Justice

  • Jase Casabella of First Alarm, finishes printing out a citation at the County government complex near the Sonoma County Courthouse, Friday June 14, 2013. Casabella writes tickets to those who park over the limit at the courthouse and other parking areas. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

Going to court isn't fun. Getting a parking ticket while you're there is even worse.

Just ask Jack Pollack. He got one Friday at the Santa Rosa courthouse after appearing before a judge in his drug treatment program.

Pollack said he was sitting in his car with the door open, about to leave, when a parking officer walked up and handed him a dreaded purple envelope containing a $43 fine.

Apparently, he didn't move out of the space fast enough, he said.

"He just shoved it in the door and said, 'sorry,' " said Pollack, of Hidden Valley Lake.

"I thought it was a little unreasonable," added friend Mike Costello, who was driving with him.

Pollack isn't the only one complaining about parking tickets at the Sonoma County Hall of Justice these days.

Jurors, lawyers and even judges say enforcement officers seem to be issuing them at a breakneck pace.

Some admit they've overstayed their time in one of dozens of 90-minute or two-hour spaces or made the mistake of parking in restricted zones.

But others insist they've done nothing wrong or committed innocuous offenses such as parking with their tires touching the line or curb.

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