April 4, 2011
Dear Governor Jerry Brown,
I write to express my outrage at the amount of the fine I received for turning right on a red light without coming to a complete stop at Mission Boulevard and Mohave Drive. Granted, I did do a rolling stop at 1 mph on my way to CVS Pharmacy. I did violate a driving law. Although this citation was my first in 44 years of safe driving, I deserved to be fined.
However, the price for this infraction is outrageous. Most people cannot afford $480.00, nor can they afford to take a day off of work to plead with the judge for a reduced fine or a payment plan.
More significantly, I wonder about the many people living in the State of California and in other states, for whom such an exorbitant amount of money represents a large portion of their monthly income. How do you justify this fine in all good conscience?
This type of bureaucratic abuse contributes to the growing and deep resentment of city, county, state, and federal governments and those who represent us.
I have lived in Fremont all my life. My father, Dr. Hugh Block, was the Mayor of Fremont and a city councilman from 1964-68. My husband and I have raised our children here. I taught at Mission San Jose High School for 16 years and subsequently owned and operated a private business here successfully, contributing to the tax base. We continue to invest tax dollars here.
Because of this fine, I will vote NO on any attempt to raise city, county, or state taxes for any reason.
I may even have a sign professionally made and park myself on that busy corner to alert all drivers of the prodigious fine. That would reduce the $300,000.00 Fremont banked because of this photo-enforcement.
Please do not send me the perfunctory response about how the City of Fremont only receives $116.00 for each violation with the rest going to Cal Trans and the Arizona company that designed this 1984 technology.
Cheri Block Sabraw
Cc: Fremont Police Department Chief Craig Steckler, Fremont City Council members, Mayor Bob Wasserman