The arresting officer and/or the prosecuting agency has the discretion to charge it either as a misdemeanor or an infraction. And the Court, along with the prosecutor have the discretion to allow a plea either way. Do not let it worry you, as many cases are worded and handled under these same circumstances.
Respectfully, I think it is only chargeable as an infraction. You need to attend the court date to determine what the City Attorney is actually going to charge you with; often what's written on the ticket is not the same as what the charges are once the prosecuting agency steps in. Hiring or consulting with a criminal defense attorney may help you advocate your position with the prosecutor either at your court date, or prior to your court date.
Don't worry about the fact that you are going to a criminal court. In LA County, infractions go to an arraignment or general calendar court in the criminal courthouse, just like a misdemeanor. 26520 is not a traffic violation, so it wouldn't go to traffic court. You have to go to your court date. That's when you'll actually see what charges you're facing, and then you'll be able to make a decision about how to proceed. Good luck.
Depending on what out it is filed in the prosecuting agency will make the decision on how to proceed with this. Prosecutors tend to be more lenient with tose who have a clean record. However keep in mind that if they file the case they then intend to go forward on it. It is lays good to have an attorney as the attorney will explain ll your options yo you. On something lir this your ttorney can appear on your behalf in court. You will not need to appear. This gives you te opportunity to make a well reasoned decision.