While I have a plethora of information to share about parking, I find myself moved to write about the recent decision of the SF District Attorney to file felony vehicular manslaughter charges against Chris Bucchere, the bicyclist whose crashing into a 71- year old man led to that man’s death.
Dear Parking Guru,
I live in Potrero on a street where parking is perpendicular to the curb. People don't space their cars close enough to each other and end up wasting a lot of potential parking space! Why do people do this? Is it possible to ask the City to paint lane markings on the street to help these inconsiderate or careless folks park more snugly? Or can we do it ourselves?? We would all reap the benefit!
Mr. Space Saver
Dear Parking Guru,
I was towed wrongfully and need your help. I was on a date in North Beach last night and parked in a perfectly legal spot on Grant. I immediately reported my car as being stolen, and 5 hours later found out that it had been towed for blocking a driveway. It cost me $450 plus a $90 ticket! There was no way that my car was blocking the driveway because I specifically checked when I parked and my bumper was still in the part of the curb that curves down into the driveway and not in the driveway itself. How can I prove that once I've been towed? Please help me. Rent is due in six days.
So, there I was driving in the Marina at about 4:30 pm on a Friday looking for a parking space. I didn't have my phone so I couldn't rely on VoicePark. I had to travel back in time and rely on my primitive late 20th century pre-app-man parking instincts. Driving along Chestnut Street…nothing…nothing…a lady opening her trunk…nope, not leaving…nothing…there's one, damn, no, she's taking it…ah ha, there's one! Damn, a yellow meter, it's only 4:30, yellow meters are loading zones until 6 pm and I don't want to deal with getting towed. But, if I keep looking, I'm going to be late.
I was researching a couple of numerical facts from fiscal year 2010-2011, a few from 2011-2012 so far for the next edition of Finding the Sweet Spot, and things got a little out of hand. If nothing else, there is definitely some bar betting money to be made. Hopefully there is a little something interesting for everyone. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions and opinions from the facts and perhaps collectively we can write the story in the comments section.
805,363 - Resident Population of San Francisco
697,711 – SF Residents 18 years and Older
437,073 – Jobs in SF
522,229 – Non-SF Residents Commuting to SF
102,279 – SF Residents Commuting out of SF
In the spirit of Giants season (and our never-ending love-hate relationship with SFMTA), here's a parking quiz for you on this gorgeous Friday. Between A and B, which is applies to the SFMTA or the SF Giants? We'll have the answers for you after lunch!
The only thing worse than getting a parking ticket is getting a parking ticket that was issued just a few minutes before you arrived back to your car. The only thing worse than that is walking back to your car and from a block away seeing the DPT three-wheeler with its yellow flashing lights double-parked right next to your car. That's when your fight or flight mechanism switches instinctively to fight.
Muni's budget was reported as being balanced last Thursday. The question now is what will happen with all of the surplus money. No, just kidding. That's just an early April Fool's Day warm-up joke. Muni's budget has as much chance of being balanced, or running at a surplus as do most of our own personal budgets. Muni is facing a $53.2 million budget deficit over the next 2 years ($19.6 million in 2013 and $33.6 million in 2014), and in order to try to slow down the bleeding, SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin has proposed some changes. Here are some of the highlights:
12 SFMTA Managerial Positions Cut
Just before lunch, we tried to stump you with this parking quiz question: You park in a spot with a sign posted that says, 2-Hour Limit, M-F, 9 am to 7 pm. It's 9 am. You move your car at 11am to another block. When are you safe to park on the original block again without fear of getting a ticket?
A) After 1 pm
B) After 4 hours
C) After 7 pm
D) After your odometer has moved one tenth of a mile
E) After Midnight