A San Francisco man was living in his car when it was towed. Now he’s suing the city

: kalw – excerpt (include audio tape)

Last December, James Smith’s car was towed as a consequence of unpaid parking violations. Smith was homeless, and the car was his only shelter. Now, Smith filing suit against San Francisco, arguing that towing for debt-collection is unconstitutional.

James Smith, a 64-year-old San Franciscan, used to volunteer for the Coalition on Homelessness. He would help families find places to stay for a night. Sometimes he’d even open up his own little apartment.

Smith never expected that one day, he’d be the one living on the streets.

“Never, ever,” says Smith. “I asked myself, ‘what did I do wrong?’”… (more)

Find out if San Francisco owes you $$ for overpaid parking tickets; deadline soon

By Amy Graff : SFGATE – excerpt

Those who are used to owing the City of San Francisco money for unpaid parking tickets will like this news: SFMTA is offering people the opportunity to claim cash for their overpaid parking tickets.

The Municipal Transportation Agency has $600,000 in unclaimed funds from a couple of hundred people and businesses who either overpaid or double-paid parking and transit citations issued between Jan. 1, 1995, and June 30, 2014.

The agency will reimburse individuals who file claims by Dec. 14, 2017. After the deadline, unclaimed funds will become property of the city… (more)

We know that ticket complaints are high on the list of our readers. Unfortunately, we can only point to general remedies as each case needs special investigations. Here is your chance to handle one of the many issues regarding parking tickets. One wonders how so many people were convinced to pay twice.

What kind of glitch caused this and has that glitch has been fixed? One also wonders if any interest on the will be returned, since the SFMTA charges us additional costs for late payments one hopes they will return interests on mistaken overcharges.

How are tourists and visitors going to be reimbursed? Can’t the SFMTA just return the balance on credit cards without claims? They know who overpaid.

Almost 1,800 ticketed as free Sunday parking ends

City insider : blog.sfgate.com – excerpt

We now know just how many unlucky drivers were hit with a ticket over the weekend as 65 years of free parking on Sundays came to an end.
The Municipal Transportation Agency issued 1,796 meter violations out of a total 2,575 citations on Sunday, as parking officers officially started enforcing the new rule that is expected to net the city an additional $2 million per year. On an average Saturday, about 2,000 citations for all violations, not just meters, are issued, agency spokesman Paul Rose said.
Violators received about 11,000 verbal and written warnings on the three previous Sundays before fines were implemented. Getting ticketed will cost you $72 downtown and $62 in other parts of the city.
So if your plans include driving around town after noon on Sunday, make sure you feed that meter… (more)

Proposal for a Change in How Parking Tickets are Issued in SF

By David LaBua : 7×7.com – excerpt

Dear Parking Guru,
…We received a street-sweeping ticket while on vacation in lovely San Fran this summer, and paid it. No problem there…
However, we are in the process of contesting a “Hill Parking Several months after our trip to SF, we received a letter from a collections agency about a “Hill Parking 3%” violation. We never received the citation (perhaps it blew away, or fell off, or was never put on our windshield to begin with). We never received any follow-up letter, or other communication about it and we are now being charged lots of late fees and collections fees…
This has really tainted my feelings about San Francisco and makes me wonder if tourists are being targeted because once they are home, they are over a barrel, and just pay it to be done with it…
It’s quite unfortunate your city is trying to exploit nice people like us with wrongful parking tickets instead of making SF a welcoming place. Thanks in advance for all your help and taking on these matters. We lived in D.C. for two years and never encountered unfairness like this…
Soured on SF

Dear Soured,
…I’ve looked into your situation, using a map of the surveyed streets of SF
and have some good news for you. Your sister’s street on which you parked is indeed less than a 3% grade. So the ticket was indeed incorrectly issued.  I recommend sending in a copy of the map showing the grade of the street, along with a copy of your ticket. Oh, that’s right, you never received a ticket, or a notice by mail–just a bill from a collections agency for $247 and have been told that you missed the window to contest the ticket. That is quite a barrel.
I would first find out if this letter is legit, or a scam. Call 415-701-3099 to verify that there is, in fact, an unpaid ticket on that license plate number. If this is a scam, you will know it because DPT will tell you that there is no ticket for you for a 3% violation…
– Parking Guru
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Thanks to the Parking Guru for bringing this to our attention. The Parking Guru is a good place to go with all the parking questions. I pretty much always take a photos each time I park, just in case. I look around the area and shoot the signs as well.

Look at the parking Guru’s proposal for a Change in How Parking Tickets are Issued in SF:

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SFPark — What is it really?

By JVH : parkingtoday.com – excerpt

Did you know that SF Park, San Francisco’s much ballyhooed new high tech parking program is a test? It is a multimillion dollar 18 month long program that will end in December and then…Who knows?

IN the first paragraph of the home page on SFPark’s extremely well done web site, we read:

SFMTA established SFpark to use new technologies and policies to improve parking in San Francisco. Reducing traffic by helping drivers find parking benefits everyone. More parking availability makes streets less congested and safer. Meters that accept credit and debit cards reduce frustration and parking citations. With SFpark, we can all circle less and live more.

I have had difficulty getting any of the managers at SFPark on the record, but that’s understandable, since they know I’m not a fan of the city’s parking program in general, so who in their right mind would discuss their project with the enemy…

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Related articlies:
http://www.parkingtoday.com/blog/2012/07/then-why-spend-20000000-in-san-francisco/

This article brings up another subject. Where is the money coming from since the SFMTA claims they are broke? We can only thing of two places, and both of involve increasing the public debt. They are either financing their debt with loans, at high rates, on assumes, or they are selling bonds, or…???