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Parking Tips: Paying For Smart Meters By Phone. Good or Bad Idea?

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.
 

SFMTA has unveiled their plans for the next phase of SFpark which will be arriving "later this year".  This phase will add technology allowing drivers to pay for parking by phone at all 26,000 meters in San Francisco, not just the 5500 SFpark meters in pilot areas.
 

Parking Tips: SFPark Is Here, Get To Know It

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.

The numbers have been crunched, the new parking meters and street sensors have been installed, the iPhone app has been created, and the switch has been flipped.  The new parking experiment in San Francisco called SFpark has begun.

Parking Tips: If The City Starts Ticketing Its Employees, Won't It Be Paying Itself?

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.

A few weeks ago I wrote about how SFMTA is getting their act together and doing their part to tighten the budget gap by eliminating 1000 free parking spaces for SFMTA employees. They did that, and we applauded them.

Another of the policy changes that SFMTA said they were going to implement was to make City government cars subject to time limits at meters. I laughed publicly at this one because I didn’t think that it would ever be enforced. I wrote that the first person to email me a picture of a City vehicle with a parking ticket on the windshield for parking over the time limit would get a free copy of Finding the Sweet Spot and a $25 smart parking card.

Well…ladies and gentleman…we have a winner.  Dan, aka “Man the Dan” [sic] sent me these photos of a San Francisco government vehicle with a parking ticket on its windshield.  I was chuckling at the suggestion of this policy change, but after some reflection, I am now laughing even harder.

Parking Tips: Start a Revolution, Never Get a Ticket Again

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.

Over the last few months, as I’ve shared more and more information about parking in SF, I’ve received an increasing number of emails wondering when the parking ticket revolution is going to happen. Many people are outraged with the increases in meter fees, increases in fines, and the past mismanagement of the SFMTA, such as their wasting half a billion dollars by giving away free parking and other perks for public employees over the last 10 years.

Parking Quiz Answer: No More Free Parking For City Employees

Just before lunch we asked you to try not to get upset contemplating how many freebies city employees get. Think you know the answer?

Last year, how many FREE parking spaces did SFMTA have reserved for SFMTA employees?

A) 0
B) 10
C) 100
D) 500
E) 1000

Parking Quiz: Free Parking For City Employees

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.

For this sunny-Friday parking quiz, we just hope you don't get too angry thinking about how many freebies city employees get....

Last year, how many free parking spaces did SFMTA have reserved for SFMTA employees?

Parking Tips: Dealing With Parking Hogs, Plus Win A Copy Of "Finding The Sweet Spot"!

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.

Tell us your most harrowing, stressful, and funny parking story in the comments for a chance to win a copy of the parking bible, Finding The Sweet Spot!

I went to work last week on one of those super rainy days, I had my mojo working…plenty of good parking karma in the account…and just knew that I was going to find an empty parking spot right in front of my destination.  I turned the corner of the last block, looked up ahead, saw an empty space, pulled closer and saw…..one car hogging up two parking spots.  How disheartening.

Parking Quiz Answer: SF Streets Are Second Worst In The Nation

Right before lunch, we challenged you to rate SF's road conditions. Get ready for the answer, a bonus question, and everything you've ever wanted to know about potholes, but were afraid to ask. This is good reading for a rainy day!

What percentage of the streets of San Francisco are officially in "poor condition"?

A) 3% 
B) 27%
C) 33%
D) 61%
E) 100%

Parking Quiz: How Bad Are SF's Road Conditions?

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.

As any driver in this city knows, our roads definitely need help sometimes.  Potholes, Muni train tracks, and steep hills all contribute to hazardous conditions every day, and this hard rain isn't making things easier.

What percentage of the streets of San Francisco are officially in "poor condition"?

Parking Quiz Answer! Getting Around Construction Signs

Just before lunch on this beautiful day, we asked you to decode a confusing construction zone sign––the type you see around town next to many parking spots. So, are they available or not? Here's how to tell:

Can you park in front of this sign?
 

A) No way.  That’s why it’s all like orange and red.
 
B) Totally, if there isn’t any construction going on it means that it’s okay.
 
C) I’m not sure, it’s one of those construction zone thingies and I don’t 
know what all the rules are with those things.  I don’t want to get towed.
 
D) Yes, but only if it is not within the enforceable dates and/or times posted.
 
E) None of the above all of the time.
 
F) All of the above some of the time.

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