It turns out that as a legal immigrant with "temporary protected status," Galo was eligible for a California driver's license. He just never got one. After his car was impounded, he paid a $220 fine and walked away. That's chump change. The fine for driving illegally in a car pool lane is $481.
I'm afraid I will NEVER understand why it is federal and state and city governments bend over backward to favor illegal immigrants in every way possible.