Seattle’s parking ticket trap and violation of state law . . .

There is a block of E Alder street which has one intersection at the intersection the 3 streets (E Alder St, Boren and Broadway) and one intersection at the intersection of E Alder and E James St.
The vast majority of the traffic on this block of this street heads to the West because the intersection of at E Alder St has a No entry sign and there is a similar No entry sign where persons on Boren might see it.  In fact, on google maps this block is marked as one way, but whether or not it is officially a one-way street is not clear.
On June 3rd, I entered this block legally from E James St and travelling west I saw a possible parking space on the south side of the street and took it.  I was given a ticket for being in a place where there is no parking supposedly except for those with zone 7 permits, although the signs viewable from drivers travelling west simply say 2 hour parking.
The sign which says no parking except by zone 7 permit is oriented to traffic that would enter the intersection illegally past the “Do not enter signs.”
As a result, legally and in practice, The vast majority of cars which park on this block park facing the west.
By state law, traffic signs are supposed to be oriented to face the drivers and traffic which they govern.
Photos of cars on this block taken on a variety of days show that all or nearly all cars parked on this block park facing to the west, on both the north side of the street or south side of the street, because they do not enter illegally from Broadway.
Photos and personal observation of cars parked on this block on a variety of days also show that the majority of cars parked on this block lack a zone 7 permit.
From time to time, Seattle parking enforcement has been giving people tickets for parking on the south side of the street without also having a zone 7 parking permit, based on the sign which is facing the “wrong way” for the traffic involved, given that the legal traffic goes westbound, not eastbound, and given washington state law which says to go by the manual, which says signs shall be oriented to face the traffic and parking they govern.
And, on June 3rd, I was given such a ticket, for which I now have a contested hearing scheduled.
The orientation of the sign is illegal per state law which states that signs shall conform to the a certain manual generally used in the USA.  This manual states on page 43 that signs shall be oriented to face the traffic that they govern.
 WAC 468-95 adopts the MUTCD and Washington State Modifications to the MUTCD M 24-01 as these standards.
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The traffic devices, signs, signals, and markers shall comply with the uniform state standard for the manufacture, display, direction, and location thereof as designated by the department.
 
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 WAC 468-95 adopts the
MUTCD and Washington State Modifications to the MUTCD M 24-01 as these standards.
 
and p. 43 of the MUTCD . . .
“Unless otherwise provided in this Manual, signs should be vertically mounted at right angles to the direction of, and facing, the traffic that they are intended to serve.”

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