By Mike Moffitt : SFGATE – excerpt (includes map)
SF collects millions in parking fines every year
In San Francisco, parking regulation enforcement helps ensure that spaces are turned over, bus zones are not blocked, street sweepers can do their job and residential spaces are reserved for residents.
But they also have another purpose — making millions for the city.
Recently we wrote about a new app that pinpointed the 10 most parking ticket-prone blocks in San Francisco.
Now we’re looking at which neighborhoods hand out the most parking citations — and reap the most money… (more)
S.F.’s Worst Block for Parking Pain
By Michael Cabanatnuam and Steve Rubentstien : sfchronicle – excerpt (linked file)
More than 4,000 tickets issued last year on street riddled with confusing signs, changing rules South of Market. (download pdf)
“Parking, which is horrible everywhere in SF and is especially horrible on the 300 Block Townsend” between Fourth and Fifth Streets. This block, located next to the train station, has many conflicting signs regarding traffic and parking instructions.
Thank you Spot Angle for gathering and sharing the data on parking and traffic tickets in SF, and thank you SF Gate and SF Chronicle for conducting further research and reporting on this most irksome issue that plague our citizens.
The public is confused and outraged over many issues on our streets and tickets are responsible for a lot of that anger . Many tickets are issued unfairly and can be contested successfully if you have the time to go to at least two or three hearings.
Muni riders are not immune from erroneous tickets. Many riders complain about tickets issued because of false readings on scanners. This is one more reason people are getting off the bus.
So, what is City Hall going to do about it? They are conducting hearings on a lot of complaints related to street projects. Add this one to the list We suggest a citizens’ review of all future signs be added to the public outreach of street projects to assure the signs at least make sense and are understood by some humans who know the neighborhood. Tickets given out where signs and rules conflict, should be disregarded as incentive to the department to fix the problem.