This is an open letter to Local First Arizona after 19 of the Arizona businesses that attended the Fall Fest each ended up with $290 parking tickets after parking in a dirt lot as instructed by Local First AZ.
The violation? Parking on Non-Dust-Free Lot or Area.
Talk about having a teed-off, 117-mile ride back to Phoenix that evening!
Please Note: The headings were not part of the letter sent, but added to make it easier to read.
Here Comes the Letter
I am one of the 19 Local First Arizona vendors who received a $290 parking ticket from the City of Phoenix after parking in the lot at 1102 N. Third Street as specifically instructed by Local First representatives. As you know, this ticket was issued on Nov. 4, 2017, to a number of vendors attending the Arizona Fall Festival.
The ticket was accompanied by a note from your organization instructing me NOT to pay the ticket and to instead request a hearing.
Since the note stated that Local First AZ would help us businesses fight the ticket, I am confident your organization will indeed provide assistance since this fiasco is in no way the fault of the vendors who were following your precise parking instructions.
Double Woe for Tucsonans
Because I run my writing and art business out of my Tucson home and making the 4-hour round-trip drive to Phoenix would result in loss of full day’s loss of wages, the assistance I require includes:
- Requesting a court hearing on my behalf
- Showing up for the hearing on my behalf as a representative as I cannot sacrifice yet another day to drive to Phoenix and back
- Successfully fighting the ticket at the hearing, explaining how Local First AZ is responsible for the parking violation since the group instructor vendors to park in the aforementioned lot
- Payment of the $290 fine by Local First AZ if the hearing is not successful on behalf of the vendors
Triple Woe for One-Woman Show
I am a small, single-person operation. Attending the fair required a lot of time, effort, energy, resources and money. While the overall experience was satisfactory, that satisfaction was quickly annihilated upon finding a $290 ticket jammed beneath my windshield wiper after the event.
While Local First AZ is an organization aimed at helping local Arizona businesses, this parking ticket fiasco hurts them dearly. I do hope your organization steps forward to correct the problem on behalf of the handful of local businesses that were merely following your instructions.
All the Blah Blah Enclosures
Attached please find a copy of my vehicle registration and the parking ticket. I am NOT mailing back a request for a hearing, as the ticket indicates this action should be taken ONLY by registered vehicle owners who can show up in court (or risk a default judgement being taken against them).
For Local First to request a court hearing on behalf of the registered owner of the vehicle, the ticket says to:
- Call 602-262-6785, press 3, then 2
Please confirm you’ve received this letter and that the actions outlined are part of the Local First strategy for helping the businesses to which you’ve promised assistance.
Ryn Gargulinski | Ryndustries
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