“I in no way, shape or form ‘hacked’ Atherton or its police department to produce this site,” he wrote. All the information he used came from public records or the police blotter.
Amid noise complaints from grumpy yuppies and parking violations, he noticed a startling pattern. Hispanics who didn’t even live in the city received way more vehicle code violations than anyone else.
- Of the 182 drivers ticketed, only two lived in Atherton.
- 96 tickets went to people living in neighbouring Redwood City — 39% Hispanic. Atherton’s population is 3.9% Hispanic.
- Police issued 99 citations at the two main points where Redwood City touches Atherton.
More than 100 of the people ticketed were charged with misdemeanours for driving without a licence. L.A. attorney Steven Rodriguez’ blog calls driving without a licence a “woblette,” meaning prosecutors have the choice to make the offence a misdemeanour or infraction.
Misdemeanours require booking, fingerprinting, and a mugshot and could land the offender 6 months in jail and a $US100 fine.
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