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Finding the Sweet Spot

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

 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.

Our Parking Guru Talks the Latest Version of His Parking App, VoicePark

VoicePark app

When it comes to parking apps, hands down one of our favorites is VoicePark, conceived by our very own parking guru, David LaBua. As SXSW's tech and interactive sessions wind down, VoicePark's second version is gearing up to save the rest of us time and even money when it comes to the never-ending quest for parking in San Francisco (and beyond). Here, an interview LaBua, author of Finding the Sweet Spot and CEO of VoicePark.

Welcome to San Francisco! When Parking, Remember to...

Farifax Parking

Dear Parking Guru,

I recently moved to SF and in my first week here I got two tickets in one day.  Not the warm welcome I was looking for. I did a little research and found you. How am I supposed to know all of this stuff? I get meter time limits, etc. But the stuff you write about like the 100 foot rule, and 72 hour limits. How can anybody be expected to know this if it is not posted?

Bummed Out Big Time

The Three Best Parking Tricks

Hidden ticket

Dear Parking Guru,
Love your posts, website, book, and app. I’ve saved a lot of grief and $$$ over the last few years by being clued in. So, thanks. I have a non-specific question for you. What are some of the latest and greatest parking tricks that you know of?
Mary Prankster

The 3-Minute Method of Successfully Fighting a Parking Ticket

Dear Parking Guru,
I have benefitted greatly from your stories and sage advice to others.  Unfortunately, the time has come for me to seek your help. I just got a ticket for not curbing my wheels on Folsom between Hawthorne and Second Street. The street is almost flat. How can I fight this? Could you please help me?

One Thing Worse than Getting a Parking Ticket


Dear Parking Guru,

I was issued a parking ticket in error, but I don't have any supporting evidence.

A $966 Cup of Coffee

Dear Parking Guru,
I have a parking ticket woe, and would like advice on how to state my case in court. The other day, I stopped for coffee in the morning at 6:15 am. I parked in the handicap spot in front of the coffee shop just to run in (not very smart in retrospect, I know). There was a CHP officer at the next corner who saw me, watched me get in my car, and then proceeded to pull me over after I pulled out of the spot.

How Parking Meters Slowly Invaded San Francisco

The Free Ride is Over

Dear Parking Guru,
My co-workers and I look forward to reading your blog every Friday. If one of my highlights of each Friday is looking forward to reading about parking, does that make me a true San Franciscan? Also, thanks for last week’s post about getting my $72 refund from SFMTA for parking on Sundays. This change got me wondering how long parking on Sunday had been free, and for how long parking meters have actually been around.
Curiouser and Curiouser

The Loophole That Will Get You a $72 Refund from SFMTA

Dear Parking Guru,
I read your work for 7x7 every week. A couple of weeks ago you mentioned that the new Sunday parking enforcement would be starting, but that it would not be enforced for the first three Sundays, and reminders instead of tickets would be given out for meter violations.

Later, I also saw it reported on the Huffington Post and on CBS. Unfortunately, yesterday afternoon (the third Sunday in January), I received an expired meter parking ticket for $72 in SoMA instead of a warning. I checked and could not find anything anywhere about warnings for the first three weeks on the SFMTA website. Is there anything I can do?

How to Get Back Your $500 from SFMTA

Dude, Where's My Car?

Dear Parking Guru,
"Dude, where is my car?" Towed! The citation said, “Temp. No Pking sign.”  I’m kicking myself because I was going to check on it on the day before it was towed, leading me to believe a lot of times these temporary No Parking signs go up on the Friday before the weekend.

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