These laws are upheld by the City of Chula Vista Police Department, run by Chief of Police David Bejarano. The Chula Vista Police Department is divided into three main divisions: the Administrative Services Division, the Patrol Operations Division, and the Investigations Division. Recently, each division’s budget has experienced dramatic cuts. Overall, the Police Department has had over 100 layoffs, including 15 police officers. One way for police to make necessary reparations is to increase the number of fines given to parking violators. An increase in tickets, and towing will help stabilize their department, in addition to helping towing companies increase their gains.
When police departments throughout the world feel similar economic pressures, they are forced to hand out more tickets. In Chula Vista this means they must uphold rules that seem arbitrary, but are clearly stated as laws. The law for parking vehicles in Chula Vista is that every vehicle must be moved within 72 hours, and not just moved a few feet down the street. The law specifically states that the vehicle must be driven.
This law has caught the attention of motorists, some whom do not drive frequently. According to the current law in Chula Vista, towing can occur if a motorist has a busy three day weekend, and does not need to drive. During the holidays, for instance, many typical commuters are spending their holiday time decorating their houses, visiting neighbors, or sleeping in late in the day. They could be enjoying some quality time with their families, and not realize that their vehicle has been towed away.
Strict laws in towing take place all over the country, and some parts of the world. Chula Vista is one instance of strict towing laws that are being enforced. These increases come out of survival, for without the economic boost provided by fines for parking, and towing, the Chula Vista Police Department and other departments in the city would experience more layoffs.