Gray Davis' signature would require at least a $3,000 fine for businesses and cities that fail to file monthly reports on how much they pollute local waterways - a measure that would close a loophole in state water law, a report being released today says.
Under current law, a company faces a $1,000 fine for not filing its self- monitoring report - though that is rarely enforced - but faces a much larger financial penalty if a company files a report showing it violated its pollution limits.
But Howard and Cicero refused to cooperate and got hit with the maximum fine for
AB 1627 increases seat belt fines by making the $20 fine for
a first seatbelt violation and the $50 fine for
a second violation the base fine, rather than the maximum fine, and subjects these fines to penalty assessments and court costs.
Frank Cordon, a candidate for the proposed Valley city's council, got out of a fine for
illegally placed signs by telling a hearing officer he didn't know he broke the law.
The sharp increase in the fine for
running a red light is the result of legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin Shelley, D-San Francisco.