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August 16, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
It was just after 9 a.m. when William Mims got busted in a Hancock Park driveway. Slowly, he set down the gushing hose, which lacked an automatic shut-off nozzle, stepped away from the gray BMW he was washing and put his hands up. "Hey, man, I confess. I confess. I was using just the hose" he told Kevin Cato, a Department of Water and Power water conservation officer. "I won't do it again." Since June 1, Cato and about a dozen other workers -- water cops, as some residents call them -- have been on the prowl in search of lawn-loving Angelenos who don't know or don't heed the city's tightened water restrictions.
February 5, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Bestselling erotica author Zane has been declared the biggest individual tax scofflaw in Maryland by the state's comptroller. The writer reportedly owes more than $340,000 to Maryland in back taxes. That's not all: She apparently owes the IRS about $540,000, the Washington Post reports. Zane was publishing bestselling steamy erotica for years before "Fifty Shades of Grey" was even a glimmer in E.L. James' eye. Her first work of short fiction hit the Web in 1997; she self-published three books before landing a deal with Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
December 17, 2000
Re "Agencies Lost $3.6 Million as Tollway Cheaters Coasted," Dec. 11: Just how farcical can the Transportation Corridor Agencies get? This wonderful private enterprise, desperately trying to convince us all that we really need their beloved road carved through our open land and state park, is unable to work out for themselves that spending $5 to try to retrieve 25 cents is really not the greatest business decision. Also, I wonder what exactly TCA Director Linda Lindholm and departing director Christina L. Shea are thinking of when they are advocating not going after people who are breaking the law by not paying their tolls?
December 11, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
Every time I see someone walk through the subway turnstiles to board a train without using a Transit Access Pass card, I shake my head. “Not fair,” I think. Why am I paying $1.50 every time I want to ride the subway or light-rail lines when clearly, I could be doing this for free and probably get away with it? A $250 ticket is a scary proposition, but on my weekend trips on the Purple and Blue lines, I have yet to see someone get caught for evading the fare. The threat of being caught seems less and less likely with every trip.
February 1, 1998
I cannot believe that Renee Vogel refers to the vandals who despoil blank spaces as "artists" ("That Girl," So SoCal, Nov. 30). The scofflaws who besmirch the landscape by leaving their ugly scrawls cannot hope to equate themselves with the talented people who bring beauty into the world. Call them what they are: ignorant, untalented lawbreakers. They are graffiti vandals. Adelaide Tatto Pacoima
May 4, 1989
"Scofflaw: flouting the law"--Webster's. These scofflaws not only flouted the law, but they did so with very selfish motives: They also, in flouting the law, very selfishly deprived other motorists of the right to park in the obviously crowded Malaga Cove shopping plaza. Their acts, while not criminal, were offenses against society as a whole--and they justly deserve whatever punishment the courts mete out. Inconsiderate, selfish people comprise the greater number of scofflaws, whose only interests are self-interests . . . and the public be damned.
As head of collections for Orange County's largest tollway system, nothing increases Joel Bishop's RPMs more than motorists who cheat at every turn. Take the late-model Ferrari captured by a surveillance camera rolling through the toll plaza at Newport Coast Drive on the winding San Joaquin Hills toll road. It's in Newport Beach, where many homes are worth millions of dollars. Yet the motorist is so chintzy that a towel has been draped over the license plate to avoid a 50-cent toll.
October 7, 2003
So "chasing deer is fun" ("Chasing Deer Aimlessly [Except for Therapy]," Sept. 30, by Samantha Bonar)? How mindless and selfish can a person be? Please, no more columns by self-indulgent- scofflaws. Dave Win Santa Barbara
March 13, 1987
Rodriguez complains that the immigration law is burdensome to illegal aliens, particularly Latinos. Why not? It seems to me that the law was intended to get these scofflaws out of the United States and keep them out. ROBERT MILLS Cypress
August 16, 2004
Re "Orange County May Give Its Park Rangers the Power to Issue Citations," Aug. 11: The Orange County Board of Supervisors is, at last, considering giving citation authority to the rangers whose job it is to protect Orange County parks. As someone who occasionally volunteers his time as a docent in some of our county parks, I can say this step is long overdue. Most park visitors, when informed of an infraction of park regulations, will comply with a ranger out of "respect for the uniform."
October 28, 2012
Re "Parking scofflaws," Letters, Oct. 25 Yes, people who misuse disabled placards for free parking exist. However, just because a driver appears frisky or fit is not evidence of him being a scofflaw. I have a placard and am thankful for it. If my walk from the car to my destination is a block or so, my stenosis pain often kicks in; sometimes it is moderate, and other times awful enough to cause me to find a place to sit for a few moments. If I can't find a place to sit, I just tough it out. I have had surgery to correct the problem and look forward to giving up the placard.
October 4, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
We've all seen it while sitting behind the wheel: A cop breezes up to a traffic light, obviously not on an emergency call, flashes the cherry top and saunters through an intersection as if he or she owns the place. When the traffic camera snaps, the officer simply ignores the ticket. Well, not anymore, at least not in Denver. City police officers on routine duty there will have to do what the law requires -- and what every other motorist on the road must do: Challenge the violation or pay the fine.
It's fall on PBS, when the big documentary blockbusters heave into view; and nobody builds them bigger than Ken Burns, whose name always seems to be part of the title, even when it isn't: "Ken Burns' Baseball," "Ken Burns' Jazz," "Ken Burns' Civil War. " Burns likes to swallow huge subjects whole -- American subjects -- and this year he brings us "Prohibition," the story of the 14-year misrule of the 18th Amendment and of the decades-long temperance movement...
August 24, 2011
If a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound? More to the point, if you roll past a stop sign in the woods and nobody is there to see it, do you get a ticket? You do if you're in one of the three Santa Monica Mountains parks overseen by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority where stop-sign scofflaws are on candid camera. The authority has set traps for unsuspecting motorists by installing video cameras at stop signs and mailing citations to those who fail to come to a complete halt.
June 10, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian
In 2008, Alaska adopted a ban on text messaging while driving. On July 2, 2008, while engaged in a back-and-forth with staffers, her aide, Kris Perry emailed Palin: "U textin and drivin? Didn't you just pass a law... ;)" RELATED: Read the Palin emails Palin replied: "Um, no ;) I pulled over. " (In the language of emoticons, the semi-colon-and-parenthesis symbol is a wink.) RELATED: Palin emails: Governor's team scrambled to respond to 'Troopergate' affair Palin emails: Governor stood with Ted Stevens Palin emails: Former Miss Congeniality sought to defend pageant snub Palin emails: Palin took note of rival's pipeline criticism Palin emails: Selection as vice presidential nominee sparked jubilant exchanges
April 27, 2011 | Ari Bloomekatz
Despite aggressive parking enforcement, Los Angeles has gone easy on chronic scofflaws who rack up multiple unpaid parking tickets, with the city missing out on up to $15 million in revenue, a new audit has found. The audit focused on parking violators with five or more unpaid tickets. Such violators are supposed to have their vehicles impounded or immobilized by a boot lock placed on one of the wheels. But officials found that L.A. Department of Transportation parking enforcement officers did not take action against 73.5% of the chronic offenders they came across.
April 7, 1991
Your March 24 article on parking in La Jolla prompts me to express my dismay ("Giving No Quarter"). The scofflaws that you interviewed should (and probably do) understand why parking restrictions exist in La Jolla, but are only concerned with their own convenience. It is illegal to wipe marks, or even to move a car to a nearby spot in an attempt to circumvent the law. The current system exists because the La Jolla Town Council recommended it to the city of San Diego. Residents and retailers want the shopping area of the village to survive, and the best way to do that is to support limited-time parking.
February 6, 2010
If you're caught running a red light in Los Angeles, be prepared to shell out $446, up from $271 eight years ago. Make a rolling right turn at a stoplight and the ticket comes to $381 -- more than double what it cost in 2008. Park at an expired meter, pay a $50 fine. It's getting so a person can't even drive badly in this town anymore. Officials have been jacking up traffic fines recently as a budget crunch encourages creative methods of raising municipal revenue. Not only are fines going up, but the city is considering ways to nab more people to pay them.
June 22, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Once more to the barricades! And over them too. The fare dodgers who jump the turnstiles or sneak in through exit barriers on the Paris Metro are practically as much a fixture of the city as the subway itself. Those who get caught without a proper ticket, though, face fines of up to $60. So what's a poor freeloader to do? The answer, here in the land that gave the world the motto "All for one, one for all," is as typically French as it is ingenious: They've banded together to set up what are, essentially, scofflaw insurance funds, seasoned with a dollop of revolutionary fervor.
April 18, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
Iran's top political and religious authority lashed out at the United States at a nuclear disarmament conference Saturday in Tehran meant to counter a nonproliferation summit in Washington earlier in the week. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, described the United States as the world's "only nuclear scofflaw." He called Washington hypocritical for advocating arms control while retaining a huge nuclear weapons stockpile, and for accepting the atomic arsenal of Israel.
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