Besides obvious "off-the-record" reasons, why does the city refuse to paint curbs red within 15 feet of a fire hydrant? I've witnessed 4 people ticketed in one hour at the corner of A St. and the 101 in front of The Lofts. There is a fire hydrant about 10' from the corner on the south side of A St., but no curb markings or signs stating that it is a violation to park within [see below]. The motorcycle deputy was less than sympathetic with any of those being ticketed, and I understand that ignorance of a law is no excuse. But the allowable distance between fire hydrant and vehicle varies from city to city (some don't have any codes for this), and not marking the roads with appropriation signage is nothing short of extortion by the city.
Pop Quiz: How many feet do you have park from a hydrant in Encinitas? Where would you find this out other than on your ticket (anybody got a link)?
Answer: Lots of people had fun sending the link http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/
15 feet. That's one longboard and a short board laid nose to tail.