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Is Parking in the Middle of the Road for Church on Sundays Legit?


Dear Parking Guru,
First off, thank you for your wisdom! I am an avid sign reader and hunter of the "secret spots" that you write about. But, I am also paranoid about getting a ticket and mentally filing away your info helps to lessen the paranoia. I read a recent post of yours in 7x7 about churches and strip clubs and the passenger loading zones they have in common and it triggered a question...what's the deal with traffic lanes turning into parking on Sundays in the Tenderloin? I've not seen any signs indicating the phenomenon is legitimate (though that may be because I'm too busy looking for legal parking). More importantly, how does SFMTA know (or do they) that the vehicles parked there are associated with churchgoers? And most importantly, can I park there within "church hours" when I'm going to brunch in the area without the fear of a ticket?
Ms. Striving to Stay Ticket-free


Ask A Vet: Our New Dog Suffers from Separation Anxiety, What Do I Do?

Bad Dog

Welcome to our weekly 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA' feature on Dr. Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB is a board certified veterinary behaviorist who counsels guardians whose pets’ issues are beyond the scope of training. Think of her as a pet shrink…at your service. Ask your own questions in the comments!

Seven Favorite Things: SF Giants-Inspired Orange Picks from Azalea

Let's hear it for our boys in orange and black! And with Halloween just around the corner, how appropriate is it that the city's covered in these oh-so lovely colors?

The Hayes Valley boutique, Azalea, seems to have foreseen the Giants' victory -- their current collection is littered with fall-friendly, orange clothing and accessories. Here are our orange-chic picks for showing your SF (and Halloween) pride.

Go Giants!

Photos: Kenneth Cole "Suits You, Sir" with Hal Rubenstein

On October 10, Kenneth Cole in the Westfield San Francisco Centre hosted a very special menswear event with fashion expert Hal Rubenstein.

The evening included delicious bites, refreshing bubbly, and a special tasting station with The Glenrothes Whisky. The highlight of the evening: guests enjoyed styling sessions with Hal Rubenstein—fashion director of InStyle magazine—who suggested pieces from Kenneth Cole Collection, the new, directional fashion collection that is the ultimate expression of their unique style.

Our Picks for Week Two of the Amazing Mill Valley Film Festival

Holy Motors

Somewhat troublingly for those of us without cars, bikes or private helicopters, one of the San Francisco's biggest film events, the Mill Valley Film Festival, isn't actually in San Francisco. Known for its propensity to attract top-tier talent and lead the Oscar season more than its laughably ugly program covers, the MVFF takes a bit of patience to reach by bus, but is resoundingly worth the trip, and makes a great weekend mini-getaway to boot.

Kermit Lynch Celebrates 40 Years of Bringing Great Wine to Bay Area

Kermit Lynch Retail Shop

Because man cannot live on domestic wine alone (not even those of us lucky enough to live in the Bay Area) God has given us The Importer. As the ultimate gatekeeper, the importer is responsible for deciding which wine — from the hundreds of thousands produced around the world — end up in your local retail shop and ultimately on your dinner table. This month, Kermit Lynch, one of the very finest importers of French and Italian wines to the US, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the day he unpacked his first case of wine in his Berkeley storefront.

Seven Autumn Cocktails To Try This Month

Pumpkin ale, huckleberries, smokey tinctures, and burnt leaves are showing up on cocktail lists all over town. Call them reminders of fall after the 5 o'clock hour. Here now, seven new autumn drinks that conjure up fallen leaves, spiced pie, crisp air, and gingerbread, all within the confines of a cozy bar. 

Get Naked in Sonoma!

Naked Wines

Taste wines from around the world – and in the barrel – at Naked Wines' Sonoma Winemakers studio.

Tonight! Bands and Beer Specials to Support Better Biking

Tunes 4 Tubes

Bike loving music fans, you don’t have to wait until the next Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to pedal your way to some sweet San Francisco tunes. Just head down Valencia Street tonight to 780 Café for a fun night of music with fellow bike-lovers.

Look of the Week: Men's Essentials for the Treasure Island Music Festival

Treasure Island Music Festival tickets safely tucked away in wallet? Check.

Spotifying this weekend's lineup all day? Check.

Excitement? Check.

The preparation starts there, and ends here, with seven essentials to get you through the upcoming two days of music madness.

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