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161,459 Parking Spots Reported Missing in San Francisco & Other Bizarre Stats

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 LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

I just obtained some San Francisco transportation facts from SFMTA from Fiscal Year 2010, and I’ve compared these with FY 2009 San Francisco transportation facts.  They indeed verify the statement that truth is stranger than fiction.

Ask the Parking Guru: What's the Difference Between "No Stopping" and "No Parking"?

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 LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

Dear Parking Guru,
 

I just got a ticket for "no stopping".  I tried to nicely ask the officer what "no stopping" meant.  I told him I wasn't parked. He became frustrated with me quite quickly as though I had asked him a ridiculous question. He didn't couldn't explain it well, but said that I definitely was guilty.  So, I am turning to you, the parking guru to find out just what "no stopping" and "no parking" mean.
 
Thanks, J.P.

Ask the Parking Guru: Can You Fight a Parking Ticket Because the DPT Officer Was Lazy?

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 LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

Dear David,

I hope you can answer this question for me. I have lived in North Beach for about 3 years, and have benefited greatly from your book and site. I just received a ticket for not curbing my wheels on Chestnut at Lombard and the officer delivered the ticket in such a lazy way.  It was loosely placed in my door. Is there a legal course of action to 'fight' a parking ticket that has been carelessly and very loosely delivered by the DPT officer in the side of your door, or just hanging by a thread under your wiper blade?  If it blows away, then do I have to pay it? Thanks for all of your info, it has been fantastic!

Thanks, PT

Parking Quiz Answer! Are You Absolved of Parking Tickets If You Sell Your Car?

Just before lunch, this question was posed: If you've got a car with outstanding parking tickets on it but sell it, will you still be responsible for paying those parking tickets? Take the quiz and find out the answer after the jump!

A) SFMTA will not stop hunting her until they finally track her down and get your money.

B) She sold the car before SFMTA caught up to her, she is scot-free.

C) The new owner will get the bill for the tickets, and they can sue her for reimbursement.

D) SFMTA has three years from the date of issuance to collect the fees, after that she does not owe them a nickel.

E) None of the above.

Ask the Parking Guru + Parking Quiz: If You Sell Your Car, Do You Still Have to Pay Your Parking Tickets?

Hey David,

As an SF native who has his own share of parking tricks, I've really enjoyed reading your well-written book and 7x7 posts.  I had a quick question for you about something that I've gotten conflicting responses to. My girlfriend had a few parking tickets but recently sold her car back to the dealer and thus won't have to pay registration on it again.  Is she responsible for paying the parking tickets and will they transfer back over to her the next time she has to register a car or renew her drivers license or do they just stay with the car?

Thanks,
Alex


Ok you savvy parkers…what’s the answer? 

Will Higher Meter Fees Create Greater Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

And so it's begun.  Parking meter prices have been raised for “special events” such as Giants’ home games. SFMTA explains that the prices will now “align more closely with rates in surrounding areas, and this will provide a more consistent experience for customers”.  That is a relief.  I know that I have been greatly bothered for a long time now by inconsistently reasonable parking rates. SFMTA’s making them all consistently overly expensive is a load off of my mind.  

The Economics of Asphalt: Fixing SF's Potholes

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 LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

In San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee has proposed a $248 million bond to pay for road repairs. A national travel research group, estimates that for the average driver, roads that are in poor condition add $335 annually to typical vehicle operating costs. In San Francisco, the high concentration of poor roads adds an average of $705 to the maintenance of each vehicle.

The SF Department of Public Works stated that this year’s winner of the SFSIWC Award (San Francisco Street in Worst Condition) is…….Roanoke Street at Arlington, on the southern edge of the city with a quality-index score of just 5 (a newly paved street is scored at 100). And, the runners up according to the Bay Citizen are Alameda Street between Utah Street and Potrero Avenue, with a score of 16, and Sansome Street between Lombard and Chestnut streets, with a score of 17.

Balancing MUNI's Budget, Replacing Nat Ford & Making Sure Bus Drivers Don't Go On Strike

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 LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

There will be a new chief of SFMTA next month. Nathaniel Ford will be leaving on June 30. The City of San Francisco will send him off with a $384,000 severance package which is comprised of one year of his base salary $309,000, plus unused vacation time, and extended health insurance. Ford leaves as head of the SFMTA with MUNI achieving a 71.1% on time rate.
 
In other parking news, the 2,000 MUNI operators union rejected a new contract that called for a wage freeze for three years. However, Proposition G, which was approved by voters in November, allowed the arbitrator to impose the contract. Prop G also removed the city charter mandate that MUNI drivers be the second highest paid in the country. Last year, the average SFMTA operator earned more than $109,000 a year in salary and benefits. The top earner behind the wheel last year made over $210,000.

SFpark: How We The People Can Influence Our Parking Future

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 LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

Well, last week’s post about SFMTA raising the prices of parking meters in SF generated quite a few comments. I think that the comments embody representation of all sides of the issue. I want to thank everyone for writing. I find most of the comments on my posts from both sides to be quite thoughtful, which is far from what’s typical in comment sections. In this post I would like to continue the discussion about SFpark, distill the information further, try to come closer to an agreement on the issue, and then perhaps influence policy.

Parking Dilemma: Deep Skepticism About SFpark's Elitist Parking Meter Plans

I was checking out the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s SFpark website today, and I actually laughed out loud to myself…twice. On the SFpark facts page, they ask themselves questions, and then answer them. My first chuckle came after simply reading the first question they asked themselves:

Is SFpark a way for the City to raise revenue?
 
The second laugh came after the first word of their response:
 
“No. The primary goal of SFpark is to create easier parking by improving availability. Hourly parking rates may increase in high-demand areas and at high-demand times but rates will also decrease in low-demand areas and times.”

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