San Francisco’s Unethical Parking Policies

BY STEVEN ROBERT TRAVERS : redroom.com – excerpt

I have received a citation for license plate ( ). The date of the citation is confusing; either April 13, 2012 or July 19, 2012 at 1:56 P.M. Either way, I was not in San Francisco on either date. A review of my FasTrak will confirm that I did not cross the bridge from Marin to San Francisco on either date. Furthermore, on July 19 at 1:56 P.M. I was at 24 Hour Fitness in Larkspur (the computerized records show this), and then had a business meeting at Starbucks, also in Larkspur. I can provide a witness, who took the meeting with me. The citation also indicates that I drive a black Porsche. I drive a 1999 beige Jeep. The body type is UT, not SU.

I do not believe this is a mere mistake. I believe the SFMTA is trying to raise funds through illegal and unethical practices. Every time I come to San Francisco I get a ticket I do not deserve. In 2010 I was parked a couple of blocks from sea level on a street with a rise so low that it, for all practical purposes, was not a rise; yet I was given a ticket for “failing” to curb my wheels on a hill. In 2011 I was parked near AT&T Park and was given a ticket for not having a front license plate, which has nothing to do with San Francisco (it is a state issue). It is my belief that since my car is in your system, you sent this “citation” in the hopes that I would not look it over closely and, figuring it was valid, would mail you a check. Instead, I have identified this ethical lapse and hereby first dispute the ticket, but also include this ethical lapse in my blog that gets 3,000 hits per day, and bring it to the attention of Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle.

I believe this is emblematic of “big government,” which San Francisco represents. Therefore, I choose not to come to San Francisco if I can help it. I will spend my money in a friendlier environment. That is just fine; I will go see the red hot A’s instead of the slumping Giants…

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Our sentiments exactly. Why feed the MTA (Money Taking Agency) when you don’t have to?

Insured taxis get green light

By: Will Reisman : sfexaminer.com – excerpt

After being left in the lurch for a day without valid insurance, more than 500 cabs returned to San Francisco streets Thursday with the required coverage to operate.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which regulates cabs, ordered the 525 taxis off the street for Wednesday, after it was discovered a policy to cover the mandated $1 million insurance coverage for each cab had expired Tuesday night. Despite the threat of fines and permit revocation, an untold number of the cabs continued to operate.

However, by late Thursday morning, Dmitry Erenkov, the insurance broker for the 525 taxis, was able to secure the $1 million coverage plan for the cabs, according to Mark Gruberg and Rich Hybels, founders of Green Cab and Metro Cab, respectively. Those companies were two of the largest collectives affected by the policy lapse. Overall, about one-third of The City’s 1,500 taxis were temporarily left without insurance Wednesday…

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