§ 11.38.160  COLLECTION OF UNPAID PARKING PENALTIES.
   (A)   Except as otherwise provided in § 11.38.130 and division (B) of § 11.38.150 of this chapter, the Finance Department shall proceed under only one of the following options in order to collect an unpaid parking penalty:
      (1)   File an itemization of unpaid parking penalties and administrative and service fees with the Department of Motor Vehicles for collection with the registration of the vehicle pursuant to Cal. Veh. Code § 4760.
      (2)   If more than $400 in unpaid penalties and fees have been accrued by any person or registered owner, proof thereof may be filed with the court with the same effect as a civil judgment. Execution may be levied and other measures may be taken for the collection of the judgment as are authorized for the collection of an unpaid civil judgment entered against a defendant in an action on a debtor. The court may assess costs against a judgment debtor to be paid upon satisfaction of the judgment. The Finance Department shall send a notice by first-class mail to the person or registered owner indicating that a judgment shall be entered for the unpaid penalties, fees, and costs and that, after 30 days from the date of the mailing of the notice, the judgment shall have the same effect as an entry of judgment against a judgment debtor. The person or registered owner shall also be notified at that time that execution may be levied against his or her assets, liens may be placed against his or her property, his or her wages may be garnisheed, and other steps may be taken to satisfy the judgment. If a judgment is rendered for the city, the city may contract with a collection agency licensed pursuant to Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code §§ 6850 et seq. (Chapter 8 of Division 3) to collect the amount of that judgment.
      (3)   Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the city shall pay the established first paper civil filing fee at the time any entry of civil judgment is requested.
      (4)   If the registration of the vehicle has not been renewed for 60 days beyond the renewal date, and the citation has not been collected by the Depart-ment of Motor Vehicles pursuant to Cal. Veh. Code § 4760, file proof of unpaid penalties and fees with the court with the same effect as a civil judgment as provided hereinabove in division (A)(2).
   (B)   The Finance Department shall not file a civil judgment with the court relating to a parking violation which has been filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles unless the Finance Department has deter-mined that the registration of the vehicle has not been renewed for 60 days beyond the renewal date and the citation has not been collected by the department pursuant to Cal. Veh. Code § 4760.
   (C)   If the notice of delinquent parking violation is filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles under division (A)(1) hereof and the Department of Motor Vehicles returns the notice of delinquent parking violation by notice of noncollection pursuant to subdivision (b) of Cal. Veh. Code § 4760 or § 4764, the Finance Department may elect to do either of the following:
      (1)   Except as provided in § 11.38.130 of this chapter, file a complaint with the court, together with supporting documents and other evidence pur-suant to division (A)(2) hereof.
      (2)   Cancel the notice of delinquent parking violation, in which case no further proceedings shall occur.
   (D)   The time limitation provided by law for commencement of a civil action for a violation specified in § 11.38.030 of this chapter shall be tolled from and after the date a notice of delinquent parking violation is filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles pursuant to division (A)(1) hereof until the notice is returned to the Finance Department under division (A)(2) above or Cal. Veh. Code §§ 4760 or 4762 or 4764 or is recalled by the Finance Department pursuant to § 11.38.150 of this chapter.
('86 Code, § 11.38.160) (Ord. 4236, passed  - - )