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Culture Comes To Fallbrook
This note comes to say thank you, thank you, thank you for sending the Reader to Fallbrook! In one day, I ran across it in two places. Over the past ten years, we have driven to Escondido or San Marcos each week to pick up this weekly. My husband prefers “holding the paper in his hands” rather than using the internet. We love to read the reviews of theater and movies, and we were also interested in music when Jonathan Saville was reviewing for you. We hope, in the future, that you will be able to sustain a music critic once again.
I want you to know how much we appreciate you thinking of us up here in Fallbrook. We may be at least 50 minutes away from downtown San Diego, but many of us visit the city and environs each week and depend on the Reader for the information we need.
I’ve already told many of my friends where they can now pick up the Reader in Fallbrook!
I would like to thank the Reader and reporter Joe Deegan for publishing my story of being towed at Midway Towne Center on June 3, 2009 (“Eat Here and Get Towed,”“City Lights,” July 9). I have now won a small-claims court case against Midway Towne Center with a substantial settlement by proving that they acted illegally by towing (or just about) my motor home while I was there to eat at Denny’s restaurant.
I would like to encourage all drivers to read Sections 22658 and 22953 of the California Vehicle Code. These sections are written specifically to protect the public from predatory towing and collusion with security companies, who in the past have used ridiculous and flimsy excuses to come into private parking lots and tow away and impound vehicles and then charge excessive fees to release them. The problem is that, even with the new laws, they are still doing this. The public needs to familiarize themselves with these two vehicle codes and keep a copy in their glove compartments so they won’t fall victim to very costly towing and impound charges after a tow truck gets hold of their vehicle on some trumped-up excuse.
One very important section of 22658, (g)(1)(B), reads: “Upon the request of the owner of the vehicle or that owner’s agent, the towing company or its driver shall immediately and unconditionally release a vehicle that is not yet removed from the private property and in transit.” In other words, the vehicle is not legally in the driver’s possession until he tows it off the property. If I had known this when my vehicle was illegally towed at Midway Towne Center, I would have called the police and explained that the driver was committing a misdemeanor. I did not know the law, so when I asked them to release my motor home, they refused until I paid them $235.
It is my hope that my experience will help others from being victimized by Rambo-type security guards who may be getting a kickback from the towing companies. The security employee at Midway Towne Center came pounding so hard on my motor home door that he cracked the window frame, and the judge awarded me $150 to replace that frame. When I showed that frame to Mr. Bernard, the owner of Midway Towne Center, he said to just put some stuff in the cracks and, though it won’t look good, it will stop water leaks. He bragged that he can tow a vehicle five minutes after it arrives at Midway Towne Center, but it’s not true. He just doesn’t learn.