Carballo wrote a detailed letter to the SFMTA about why it couldn’t have been his car that was ticketed. “Regarding an additional clerical error on part of LDC Collections and SFMTA, the vehicle make/color listed on your documentation lists my vehicle as BLACK. I drive a WHITE Honda Civic,” he wrote.
It happened a few weeks ago. My boyfriend and I had just parted ways on a Monday morning. Birds were singing and the sun was shining; it felt like the best morning ever. Until my phone rang. It was my boyfriend. I thought maybe he’d realized that he actually did have time to drive me to work, or that he just had to say “I love you” one more time… but I was wrong.
The night before he and I had done the parking dance to the point of disbelief. “How can there be NO parking spaces anywhere?” we repeatedly asked each other as we circled the streets around my apartment. Eventually, we were forced to abandon convenience and park several blocks away. He was about to walk over and check the street cleaning sign when I stopped him. I said I had this great app that shows when street cleaning is based on your location. He eyed me suspiciously, but decided to suspend logic and trust me and my app. Was this what true love looked like, someone willing to trust you over an easily verifiable sign? The app reported that street cleaning wasn’t until Wednesday.
Parking in this city can change a person. You avoid entire neighborhoods because you can never find parking there. You spend 20 minutes circling the block. You see a space, and then someone else takes it first. You find a space that’s too good to be true, and you’re right, it is. The red paint on the curb is faded and your blood sugar is plummeting and you may be starting to hallucinate. And then there’s street cleaning, that fatal blow that sets off the inner monologue that takes you straight to the dark side:…
“So it would be great if you’d pay for half of this ticket and delete that stupid app of yours,” he howled into the phone… (more)
The city has recently released statistics on parking for fiscal year 2011-2012, and the results are just a tad shocking. According to the numbers, summarized by 7×7 SF, San Francisco parking tickets grossed over $83 million for the city during this time! Yikes!
But there are numbers here that are even more interesting: according to the report, there are 448,000 parking spaces on and off street in San Francisco. Sounds like a lot, right? Maybe not—when you consider that there are 466,448 vehicles owned by SF residents alone. This doesn’t even account for the millions of people each year who visit the City by the Bay on business or vacations, nor the untold thousands who are still out there, stuck in an endless loop of one way streets and “No Left Turn” signs… (more)
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That said, scenes like those above are ubiquitous on street-sweeping days. A pair of parking control officers were in the vicinity of these sidewalk-parked cars. One of them, after shooing away a car that was idling in the street-sweeping zone, confirmed to SF Weekly that parking on the sidewalk is tolerated during street-sweeping hours, so long as the driver moves the car immediately after the sweeper rolls past. The second officer independently offered the same explanation.
This may be the way things work on the street. But it flies in the face of both Muni’s stated policy — and state law… (more)