Why Some Parking Apps Can Get You in Trouble

By David LaBua : 7×7 – excerpt

A little more than 2 years ago, San Francisco demonstrated its pioneering spirit when it launched its innovative parking system, SFPark. Using a web of infrared sensors the SFPark mobile app shows a map with the locations of the blocks that have available parking spots.
I absolutely loved the idea, but was concerned that there would now be 100,000 people using the SFPark app, searching for a parking spot and looking down at their phones and deciphering the map while doing so. I approached San Francisco officials and asked if I could use the data from this amazing system and create an app that guided the driver by voice to available parking spots. With a non-territorial attitude, they invited me to knock my socks off. And four months later, the Beta version of VoicePark was launched… (more)

How to Find Free, Priceless Parking Spots Hidden in Plain Sight

By David LaBua : 7×7.com – excerpt

Dear Parking Guru,

I have a question for which I have gotten three different answers from three parking enforcement officers, and I googled for hours with no luck. I then found your 7×7 blog. You seem to be the most straightforward and knowledgeable source of all things parking. Can you please give me some advice about this parking spot on the corner of California and Mason?
In the photo is my car, the blue Jetta, underneath the cable car stop sign.
There is no paint on the curb and I’ve observed all parking signs. Nothing leads me to believe that it’s parked illegally as there isn’t any restrictive sign within 100 feet of where I am parked. But I’m still a little unsettled, as it’s next to a Cable Car Stop sign. Do you have any insight to settle my nerves? Thanks!
–  Just In Case

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San Francisco to start ticketing for expired Sunday parking meters

By: Will Reisman : San Francisco Examiner – (more)

After a three-week amnesty period, motorists will have to feed their meters starting this Sunday or face the consequences of a parking ticket.
Technically, The City began enforcing parking meters on Sundays on Jan. 6. However, motorists were given a reprieve from tickets for the first three weeks while adapting to the new rules. On Sunday, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages parking in The City, will begin issuing tickets to motorists who overstay their meters… (See the link to The Loophole That Will Get You a $72 Refund from SFMTA on 7X7 to contest any tickets you recieved prior to this date.)
The initiative, which aimed to update San Francisco’s antiquated parking rules, is expected to generate an extra $1.9 million in revenue for the transit agency… (more)

Note that revenue figure is now back to $1.9 million. So far it has fluctuated between 1.7 and 2 million in the last week.

If you think the SFMTA is an out of control train wreck, sign the petition and tell your Supervisor. We just hit 1500 signatures this week.