IVC raises parking fines

(Shannon Patrick)

Andrew Bennett

Irvine Valley College has decided to increase its parking citations from $25 to $35. The change was prompted by California Senate Bill 1407, which increased the fees that parking agencies must pay to the state. In order to maintain current service levels, IVC has raised the cost of citations, said IVC parking coordinator Mark Zandonella.

IVC primarily decided to up the citation penalty because “the state doubled the fees paid by the department,” Zandonella said. “Until Jan. 1, we were only paying $5 per paid citation to the state; [the fees] nearly doubled to $10 after SB 1407 went into effect.”

Zandonella said that while IVC’s parking citations have increased, not all parking-enforcement agencies will have to do likewise.

“Whether or not a department like Orange County Sheriff’s decides to follow suit to is up to them,” said Zandonella.

OC Sheriff’s Spokesman Jim Amormino was unavailable for immediate comment.

Campus Safety officers issue between 4,000 and 6,000 parking citations per year at IVC, and are able to collect on 83 percent, said Zandonella.

Saddleback College Parking Coordinator Andrew Craven confirmed that citations at Saddleback remain at $25, and that any future increases will be determined by the South Orange County Community College District trustees.

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