True Sake window sign blasts SF meter maids, offers discounted sake with a parking ticket

by Teresa Hammerl : hoodline – excerpt

Four months after True Sake (560 Hayes St.) took aim at a new neighborhood parklet with a window display, the shop is at it again. Its target this go-round: San Francisco’s meter maids…

Hoodline tipster Natalie D. alerted us to the sake shop’s new display, which popped up sometime last week.

The display takes aim at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which monitors cars and distributes parking tickets. The enforcement division was once known as the Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT), though it dropped that moniker when it merged with the SFMTA in 2010.

Featuring sake bottles draped in official SFMTA parking tickets, the sign rebrands the DPT as the “Department of Public Taking.”

“Small business loves cars,” it argues, noting that “cars = customers.” By contrast, the sign alleges, “San Francisco hates cars.”… (more)

Merchants all over town agree and want to stop the SFMTA from killing their business by stopping their programs to remove parking and public access to the streets. Meanwhile, Assemblymember David Chiu is working on a bill AB 516 that would remove the towing option. Would this help the merchants, or will the SFMTA just raise ticket and parking fees? When will residents and business owners join to protect their common interests?

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