Hartnell College is dismissing all parking citations issued on June 23 for the Relay for Life charitable event.
Anyone who has already paid the fine will received a refund, according to Henry Yoneyama, director of the college's security.
Yoneyama said the motivation for citing individuals was only an effort to control parking so that it would not become a public-safety issue for the approximate 10,000 attendees. "Illegally parked vehicles," he said, "would have impeded access for first-responders in the event of an emergency due to blocked emergency access lanes."
He also said that in an effort to avoid this type of situation in the future, the college will work closely with the Relay for Life organizers to avoid parking problems or any other crowd-control issues.
Hartnell President Edward J. Valeau said "this important charitable event raised more than $1 million. We look forward to working with the coordinators of Relay for Life now and in the future to ensure a coordinated, well-organized cooperative effort."
For more information, contact Henry Yoneyama at (831) 770-7000.