SEC. 11-70.4.  APPEAL PROCEDURE.
   (A)   On receipt of the notice of appeal and the appeal fee, the alarm administrator shall immediately refer the notice of appeal to a hearing officer, who shall schedule a hearing within 30 days after the notice of appeal is filed.
   (B)   The hearing officer shall provide the appellant at least ten calendar days notice of the time and place of hearing by personal service, or by depositing the notice in the United States mail, postage prepaid, addressed to the appellant at the address stated in the notice of appeal.
   (C)   The appellant may appear at the hearing in person or through a representative. The appellant may also submit a written statement of the appellant's position, which the hearing officer shall consider if the hearing officer receives the statement at or before the time of the hearing.
   (D)   The hearing officer shall determine all issues raised in the appeal. The hearing officer shall conduct the appeal in an informal manner, and shall not be bound by the technical rules of evidence. The hearing officer shall make a decision on the basis of the preponderance of the evidence.
   (E)   The alarm administrator shall first present evidence that the alarm system does not meet the standards established by this article. The appellant may then present evidence, by written statement or otherwise, that the alarm system does meet the standards established by this article.
   (F)   Within 14 calendar days of the conclusion of the appeal, the hearing officer shall issue and mail to the appellant a written decision containing a statement of the reasons on which the decision is based.
   (G)   The decision of the hearing officer shall be final and maybe reviewed only within the time and in the manner provided by Cal. Code of Civil Procedure, Sections 1094.5 and 1094.6.
(Ord. 2951)