tickets problem

This one is starting to scare me.
Starting three months ago, I began getting traffic tickets in the mail from cities in California. (I live in California.) The first one was from Santa
Ana, and I was ticketed for parking in a restricted zone. They had the license number off one of my vehicles, but a description that didn't match mine. I called them, they said it was a mistake and to throw the ticket away.
The next month, I got ticketed by San Mateo for parking in a tow-away zone. Frighteningly, they had my Vette license number, but the car description was for a Honda. I called, but they said I would have to complete the back of the ticket where I disputed it. I just wrote them a letter and said I thought the ticketing officer could surely tell the difference between a Honda and a Corvette, plus I had never been to their city. I asked them for a reply so I would know if the ticket had been removed. They have never responded.
Yesterday, I got another ticket from San Mateo/Haywood for evading a toll. This time they have the license number of the Corvette, and a description as a Chevy. The ticket also has a picture on it which is so bad I can barely make anything out, but whatever it is it is not a Corvette. I figure I can dispute it, but the disputes don't include anything about the DMV making an error.
Responding to these is getting time-consuming and frustrating. They are close enough to a description and license number that I figure they are going to hit it pretty soon. I don't know who to write to get this investigated. I don't know if the tickets are on my record and there is an outstanding bench warrant for me. But, it looks like this is going to happen every month, and I need to stop it.
I figure I'll write all my local and State Congress people, but I don't know who to contact at DMV, nor who controls them (if anyone.) I'd appreciate any ideas anyone might have.
No need to scare me more than I already am about being glitched in that montrous system. I figure I'll end up having to change everything I can including my sex to get away from these people.
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Guess they aren't too bright in Calif.? In MN they check the vehicle make and contact the registered owner to see if you are missing a plate when the offending car doesn't match the registered car.
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People in California believe in letting the other guy take responsibility for everything, even someone else's errors and misdirections. We're so dim, we run around trying to take care of someone else's mistakes because we don't know what to do against the monsters of bureaucracy. If it wasn't so damned cold and wet in MN, I'd consider moving.

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Spent one winter in Calif. Said if I was going to be that cold and wet, at least I would like it to not be "gray". So here at least it's pretty when it's cold and "wet". :-) And the summer makes you appreciate it!
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Just remember that it's not only our time in getting these things fixed. It's also our tax dollars at work since it takes 15-20 minutes of some clerk's time to check out each one of these and dismiss the charge.
I've gone through this three times since 2000. Worst was a $ 271 ticket for parking in a handicapped zone. Fortunately all were written locally. Each time I've gone down to City Hall and waited while they checked DMV records to see that I'm not the 'blue Honda' or 'yellow Acura.' None were DMV errors. Each was written by a weak-eyed meter maid or a senior citizen volunteer who couldn't transcribe the plate number correctly. PJ
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I think that if I didn't have a personalized tag, I'd toss the old tag and apply for a lost/stolen tag so I could get rid of the number.
This sounds almost like someone has made a tag with your number (stole one and changed a number or two) and is passing it around cars, or someone is out to get you and reporting your number as the guilty one.
It probably won't stop until they catch the person with the other tag or you change numbers.
The surest way is see a lawyer. A free way is to call your state representative.

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One thing for SURE.... I wouldn't go with the advice of "It's a mistake throw the ticket away!!!" Or you will find that your license has been suspended at the MOST inopportune time!
I'd get something in writing and carry it around with me/car for at least a year or so. These kind of things can dog you for years if you are unlucky enough to get trapped in the DMV circlejerk.
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I would of never thought much about this either if I hadn't been caught in it once myself. :-)
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