If necessity is the mother of invention, then desperation might be the mother of devious creativity. As many people continue to struggle economically, I've been receiving a lot of email about erroneous tickets. This is indicating to me that either the rate of drinking on the job for DPT officers has skyrocketed, or three old school parking scams have reared their heads once again in our fair city and across the nation.
It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of Finding the Sweet Spot, David La Bua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.
It's time for another parking quiz! This week's question:
What is the Most Expensive SF Parking Citation?
Dear Parking Guru,
I came back from vacation yesterday and found that my car was stolen. I made a report and soon thereafter I found that it wasn't stolen, but was towed by the SFMTA, impounded, and had racked up charges in excess of $1700 while I was away. I was parked in my residential neighborhood, with a valid residential sticker prominently displayed on my bumper. The people at AutoReturn would not listen and told me to contest the ticket, but said that I better hurry because in two weeks, it will be auctioned off. I refuse to pay this fine, but am racking up $60 each day that it is impounded. Help!
Depressing fact: the average San Franciscan wastes almost a full work week and $1,100 worth of gas in "idle time" — meaning in traffic or circling for parking — every year. But before you get too down, look forward to this: a new arsenal of car technology, demo-ed by Ford this week at AT&T Park, is working to alleviate parking woes and the road rage associated with sitting in traffic.
I bought a car in January. It’s for sale.
Don’t get me wrong—I like having a car. I like being able to blast up to Tahoe late at night. I like being able to grab a bunch of friends and hit the Headlands for a weekend hike. I like the Wine Country and Santa Cruz. I like Costco and Lowe’s.
The car gives me access to all of the amazing things going on around San Francisco. Hell, owning a car gives me access to San Francisco itself—the museums, restaurants, parks, shopping, and bars. Because, seriously, without a car how else are you going to get around to see all of it? You’re going to take Muni? BWAAHAHA! Even if it weren’t unpleasant, crowded, and hazardous to anyone without the balance of Thundercat, Muni would still have the problem of never showing up. Not to worry though.