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Need Parking Karma? Give Your Spot to Someone Else

I was driving down Fillmore the other day getting close to my destination for a meeting. Time was of the essence as, par for the course, I was running late.  I was simultaneously employing each of the 1001 strategies that I've written about, including asking the parking gods if I could cash in some of my good karma points for a spot right now.  And not shockingly, they delivered–one block away from my destination. I slowed down, pulled past it, and began to back into it, when suddenly, out of nowhere a man jumped and landed into the middle of the spot like a caped crusader who had just repelled down the bat-rope.

New Year's Eve & Day Parking Tips

New Year's Eve (otherwise known as Saturday) may feel like a holiday as everyone will be in party mood, but remember, it is not a holiday.  It will be just like any other Saturday in the eyes of the parking police. The usual $250,000 worth of parking tickets will be issued, and 300 or more cars will be towed. Remember to take a breath, look up and down the street for 100 feet for any enforceable sign, and don't start off the New Year with a large non-tax-deductible donation to SFMTA.
 
NEW YEAR'S DAY

Christmas Eve & Day Parking Tips

The Night Before Christmas:
Humbug...business as usual.  Everything is enforced on Christmas Eve. 


 
Christmas Day:

Ask the Parking Guru: I Parked Legally But My Neighbors Had Me Towed

Dear Parking Guru,
 
I was going to Chicago for a few days, leaving on a Tuesday and returning on Friday. I parked my car on Vicksburg St. in Noe Valley before I left for the airport. The only signs posted said, "No parking on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month for street-sweeping."  There are no meters, and no residential permit signs.
 
My car was towed on the Tuesday afternoon that I flew out. Special event signs were posted giving 24 hours notice to move all cars from the front of the house I was parked near.  The owners of the property were moving and they obtained a parking permit for the day during their move. As a result I was towed.

I've revisited the site and there are no signs indicating that streets need to be checked daily for special postings. I was legally parked for the three days I was away. Do I have any recourse in this matter?
 
Thanks,
J.T.

Ask the Parking Guru: How Can I Get My Money Back From An Erroneous Ticket?

Dear Parking Guru,
 
I got a ticket yesterday on my birthday for not curbing my wheels on Clement Street and 6th. You wrote that the law states that you only have to curb your wheels if the grade of the street is 3% or more. I couldn't find any information regarding the grade at this location. SFMTA couldn't tell me the grade of the street, nor how to ascertain that information. Please Help!

Gratefully Yours,
Zoe

Thanksgiving Parking Tips To Remember This Weekend

While you're traveling about town this Thanksgiving weekend, know all the ins and outs of holiday parking so you don't get stuck with a nasty ticket on your windshield. David LaBua, author of city parking bible Finding the Sweet Spot has all the info you'll need.

Parking enforcement rules on holidays in San Francisco are simple and straightforward except for one thing....they're not.  The SF Department of Transportation lawmakers are lovers of the asterisk.  However, fear not, I will expound on the asterisk that spoils the simplicity of what could be a simple holiday parking enforcement schedule.

Ask The Parking Guru: What Parking Rules Apply to Construction Zones?

Hi David,
 
Thank you for all the wonderful tips and explanations on 7x7 about navigating parking in San Francisco - I just found your site, and have found it very helpful! I was wondering if you know whether the 100-foot rule also applies for temporary special use/constructions signs. I asked a parking officer about this once, and she said that the no tow-away only applied for the parking spot where the sign was posted.
There's been so much construction happening in my neighborhood over the last couple of months, I've been very diligent about reading the signs carefully. Unfortunately, my car was towed on Friday because I was in a construction zone. While there was a sign in front of the spot behind me, there was no sign in the spot where I parked. I'm hoping to contest this, but was just curious about the rule for temporary special use/construction "no parking" signs.
 
Thanks so much,
A.

Ask the Parking Guru: When A Parking Sign Is Vandalized, How Should You Appeal Your Ticket?

Dear Parking Guru,
 

I recently contested a ticket because the street sweeping sign that I parked underneath was altered to read just "Mon Wed" instead of "Mon Wed Fri."  I sent in pictures of the sign that was tampered with and received the following response:
 
"The San Francisco Traffic Code section 42 requires that all signs restricting parking be posted not more than 100 feet from the cited location.  An on-site field survey was conducted and confirmed that at least one legible sign is posted within 100 feet of the location on the citation.  The review has confirmed that the citation was properly issued and is valid."
 
Is there any block that has differing signage for the same parking restriction?  
Have you heard of this 100-foot rule? What you think about my situation?
 
Thanks,
KK

Parking Quiz Answer: The Steepest Street in SF Is....

During lunch, we decided to keep it short and sweet on this gorgeous (but freezing!) Friday by asking you: What is the steepest street that most defies gravity in SF?

Answer:

Parking Quiz: What's The Steepest Street in SF?

I've been working on a new parking app that will hopefully blow some minds and is definitely going to make parking in SF easier than anyone can imagine.  So, in order to keep working on it so I can unveil it soon, I am going to keep it short and sweet and have a little fun this week. How about a good old fashioned parking quiz? Five people taking a stab at answering this week's quiz will get a free version of the parking app when it is available.
 
We've recently discussed the 3% grade law (and how to successfully fight it) requiring drivers to curb their wheels if the street is at a 3% grade or more.  So, in keeping with that theme, this week's quiz is:
 
What is the steepest street in San Francisco?

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