News in Brief: Bill Bans Parking Ticket Quotas

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Gov. Gray Davis signed a bill last Friday banning quotas on parking tickets in the UC system.

Currently, state law prohibits state and local agencies from establishing quotas, but the law does not apply to the UC system.

The new law, which will take effect Jan. 1 will include all schools in the UC system.

A quota, according to the bill, is "any requirement regarding the number of arrests made, or the number of citations issued, by a peace officer or parking enforcement employee."

The bill will also prohibit the promotion or dismissal of parking enforcement officers based on the number of citations or arrests they issue, according to the bill.

Parking enforcement officers may not issue less citations or arrests because there are no longer quota requirements said Russ Lopez, deputy press secretary for Governor Davis.

"If you're parked in the wrong place, you should get a citation," said Lopez.

The bills intent, said Lopez, is not to decrease the number of parking citations issued, but to make sure parking enforcement officers think more critically about what they cite people for.

Lauren Nakasato

Man Struck by BART Train

A Monterey man died in an apparent suicide after he threw himself in front a train at the Downtown Berkeley BART station Thursday.

The Alameda County Coroner's Office identified the man as 44-year-old Agha Saeed.

A Fremont-bound train struck Saeed shortly before 6 p.m., BART spokesperson Ron Rodriguez said.

Witnesses saw Saeed run toward the train and jump in front of it. The train driver spotted the man too late to avoid hitting him.

"It can take a while to stop a 10-car train," Rodriguez said.

The station was evacuated as Berkeley fire paramedics and BART police responded to the station. Saeed was found dead at the scene, under the train.

Rodriguez said the station remained closed for under an hour.

Train traffic was restricted to a single track as crews cleaned the area, resulting in some delays. Only Fremont- and San Francisco-bound trains were affected.

The effects of the restrictions were relatively minor because there were few passengers on BART at the time because of the July 4 holiday, Rodriguez said.

Nate Tabak


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