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Are San Francisco's Parking Restrictions Pro-Dating?

Last week I was driving and parking in the streets of Boston. Even though I was on vacation, I couldn't stop myself from analyzing the parking situation, asking locals questions about parking, and comparing the driving experience with SF.

First of all, I was searching for all of those horrible roads that have earned Boston the nickname Land of 10,000 Potholes. Guess what...I didn't find one. Truly, not one. I was in the North End, in the South End, on Boylston Street, on Mass Ave...not one pothole. The best that I could find was a 230-year-old cobblestone street near Paul Revere's House that was actually a smoother ride than some of the bone-jarring and tooth chipping streets in our fair city.

Ask the Parking Guru: Can You Protest A Ticket Because the Sign Was Too Far Away?

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.

Hi David,

I found your site online and it's amazing! Today, I was parked in Pacific Heights for only 45 minutes while I went to a couple of stores.  When I got back to my car, I had a ticket on my windshield and the description of the violation said "permit parking."  I looked around and sure enough, way (WAY!) up the block there was a sign that said residential permit parking only but I hadn't seen it from my car's location and I had walked in the opposite direction of the sign after I parked. I’ve never gotten a ticket before in San Francisco, but this ticket is about as big as a grocery store receipt, and it doesn’t even look real.  Do you think I can protest this ticket because the sign was so far away?
 
I swear to god, my mood for the day often centers around parking.  I think I spend probably 20% of my life worrying about parking in SF.  Sometimes I don't go to parties or movies or anything at night because I don't want to deal with the parking issue. I haven't been to North Beach in a few years for simply this reason. 
 
Sincerely,
Confused H.G.

 

Parking Quiz Answer! In What Way Is Oakland Better Than SF?

Just before lunch, we asked you: "In Which of These Categories Does Oakland Best San Francisco?"  What did you guess? Here are the options:

A) Super Bowl Titles
 
B) 21st Century World Series Titles
 
C) Potholes per Mile of Roadway
 
D) High-Tech Self Releasing Smart Parking Boot Implementation
 
E) All of the Above

The answer is:

Parking Quiz: Parking-Wise, How Is Oakland Better Than SF?

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.

Most people from the Bay Area have a slew of opinions on which is better when it comes to sister cities SF and Oakland. But there's one inarguable way in which Oakland bests SF. Can you guess which it is? Take this Friday's parking quiz!

In Which of These Categories Does Oakland Best San Francisco?

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.

Parking Meter Rates Creep Up in SF Neighborhoods

While you were sleeping, parking meter rates crept up by 25 cents per hour in many San Francisco neighborhoods, including the Marina, Pacific Heights, Civic Center, Duboce Triangle, SOMA, and the Mission.  On the bright side, at the same time, meter rates have stayed the same or decreased right next to the blocks where they have increased.  Parking guru David LaBua answers questions below about the parking meter changes:

How does it make sense that two blocks right next to each other have radically different prices? 

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? 

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