Today’s Headlines

  • Washington Post Destroys State of Bike Infrastructure in L.A…
  • …and Offers Some Helpful Links to Those Getting Started on Our Streets
  • Report: Spend HSR Money on CA, Mid-West and North East (Observer)
  • CA Supreme Court Won’t Hear Appeal of Man Who Killed Eleven People with His Car at SM Farmer’s Market (Times)
  • Four Days Later, Times Reports on Expanded Zip Car Service
  • Culver City to Launch Sepulveda Rapid Bus (Metro Rider)
  • "Enforcement and Education Operation" Targets Santa Rosa Bicyclists, Motorists (Press Democrat)
  • In Mercury News Op-Ed, Gubernatorial Hopeful Meg Whitman Blasts Ca. Emissions Law and CEQA
  • India’s "Ladies Special" Train Service a Respite From Harassment By Male Commuters (NYT)

More headlines over at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Apparently, police are ticketing USC students for “not walking bikes on crosswalks”

  • And this reminds me, I beat another ticket (CHP) using the usual delay, deny, do-over method which I’ve posted here before, but will post again for those who receive tickets. This works for all vehicle code violations that require conviction beyond a reasonable doubt, not for “administrative” civil citations such as parking tickets. It works for jaywalking, bicycle violations, and driving violations (the aforementioned one was a tailgating violation).

    First step is to delay as much as possible. One week before the due date of the ticket, file a 60 day extension on-line, one week before that extension is over, request a night court arraignment. During this period, you may try the “informal discovery” process, as discussed in _Fight Your Ticket & Win in California_ by David Brown. This gives you the officer’s notes. The con is that they may be tipped off that you are about to fight.

    At night court arraignment (which is now 4-6 months after the original date of the ticket), tell the judge that you want a trial by declaration. Be prepared to pay the cost of the ticket, by credit card or check, at this time.

    Fill out the trial by declaration form, and just write “I’m not guilty” (there are sites that describe the correct legal verbiage). Under the Fifth Amendment, the prosecution must prove the case and you have no responsibility to testify against yourself.

    The trial by declaration will be conducted one month after arraignment. With increasing workloads, many officers ignore TBDs, or the TBD doesn’t get to their new assignment.

    If found guilty, at the clerk’s office (NOT at the traffic counter), request a copy of the officer’s statement, using the case number assigned. It is a court record. Then, one week before the deadline to request a trial de novo, request an in-person trial.

    Then go to the in-person trial and either plead your case, or for moving violations, cry uncle before the trial starts and request traffic school. The new policy in LA Superior Court is to allow traffic school before an in-person trial begins, but that also means that a trial by declaration may have occurred prior to the in-person trial.

  • “India’s “Ladies Special” Train Service a Respite From Harassment By Male Commuters (NYT)”

    Tokyo has women-only cars as well. It makes me curious if there is a need for ladies-only cars in New York, as trains are often packed there too. Anybody have any insight into this?