Newport Beach is joining cities throughout the state in raising parking citation fines by $3 to comply with a state bill that was signed in October, according to a staff report that is part of the agenda for Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed California Senate Bill 857 on Oct. 19, which requires cities to add a $3 penalty to each parking citation. The city is required to deposit the funds on a monthly basis with the state treasurer for the Trial Court Trust Fund, which funds trial court operations.
In Newport Beach, parking fines range from $38 to $427 (for parking in handicapped zone), said Sgt. Steve Burdette of the Newport Beach Police Department. “There are a multitude of violations and fines in between,” he said.
Besides this resolution, the City Council agenda includes selecting a new mayor. The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall at 3300 Newport Blvd. The public is welcome to attend and make comments.