"It was a mistake," Park Street Business Association Director Rob Ratto said. "The good news is that the city was very responsive."
Tickets initially were given out because Alameda, like most other cities, doesn't stop working on Lincoln's birthday. However, a green stamp on the parking meters lists the birthday as one of 10 recognized holidays.
Ratto said he called the city manager's office around noon after hearing from three people in front of his office who had been ticketed.
After complaints were made to the city manager's office, it was found that an old city municipal code also named the day as a city-recognized holiday. Next year, however, citations will be issued on Lincoln's birthday.
"The ticketing stopped," deputy city manager Lisa Goldman said, "as soon as we got a report of what was going on and there was a conflict with the municipal code . There were fewer than 20 tickets that were issued."
Many years ago, the city closed on Lincoln's birthday, Goldman added, which likely contributed to the confusion.
Alameda police Sgt. Ted Horlbeck, who is traffic division supervisor, said he made the decision to stop the ticketing.
"It was an unintentional blip on the radar," he said. "I apologize for the inconvenience to citizens."
People who were ticketed today can apply for an administrative review form from the city's finance department, on the second floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. For more information, call 510-510-747-4880.
Monday is President's Day and therefore, there will be no ticketing. According to the information on the meters, the other holidays are: Jan. 1, Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Veterans Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Dec. 25.
Though the city late last year increased parking fines, Horlbeck said the parking meter citations cost $17 because citations reflecting the new cost have not yet been received.