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David LaBua

Human or Parking Meter: Which is Smarter?

Dear Parking Guru,

We recently paid for two hours of parking - from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the smart meter accepted payment for that amount of time.  However, when we returned at 3:30 p.m., the car was gone.

Insider Info on Parking in a Construction Zone

Dear Parking Guru,

I work in North Beach at night. I can already hear you saying, "Oy!"  As there is a lot of construction going in North Beach, and probably will be until I die, can you explain the subtleties of the construction company "No Stopping" signs, specifically, the “No Parking Between the Hours of X and X” section?

Parking Gold or Parking Pyrite?


Dear Parking Guru,

Eureka!  I think I may have found parking gold right in my own neighborhood and was hoping for your confirmation. Right outside of my house I measured from the corner of the street to the closest sign heading down towards the Castro. The closest parking restriction sign (a street sweeping sign) is 101 feet. And, up the street from the other corner the closest restrictive sign is 130ft. I measured with my own 150ft tape measure. Is it true, did I find parking gold? Tomorrow is Friday and it's a street sweeping day, so I’m hoping to find out before noon.

Mr. Goldspot

How to Get Instant Parking Karma

This city of ours is phenomenally unique, and parking in this city of ours is a unique phenomenon. It’s an act that requires significant concentration and, on some days, can require cunning, and nearly transcendental calm.

Imagine what parking in San Francisco would be like if there were no parking restrictions, rules, laws, regulations, and consequences for not playing by the rules. 

Millions and Billions and Trillions…

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Dear Parking Guru,

In your parking trivia quiz last week, you mentioned that 800 million miles were driven in San Francisco annually just looking for parking. I have two questions: Didn’t you mean in the country, or world? What is the greenhouse gas affect of this on the planet?


Labor Day Parking Tips For San Francisco


This Labor Day most people get the day off and will be relaxing. So, when driving and parking in the City, it seems reasonable to think that it is a public holiday and therefore parking should be free, and parking restrictions are not enforced. All reasonable thoughts… if it were 1970.

The Three-Minute San Francisco Parking Trivia Game

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Well, it’s the Friday before a holiday weekend, the weather is getting nice and warm, and you are reading instead of getting those spreadsheets finished.

Parking Deja Vu All Over Again

Wrong Way

Dear Parking Guru,

I cannot believe it. Really, I can’t. I got towed today. TWICE! I researched the web to see if I have any recourse, and in the process discovered you and your plethora of information about parking, but nothing about my situation, so I am now writing, hoping you can help.

Stuck Between a Meter and a Hard Place

Hi David,

I'm so glad to have found you. Bought your book, read it. Learned a lifetime’s worth from it. Downloaded VoicePark and can’t wait until the pilot project is over and it expands citywide. I now feel like I’m fully equipped to navigate the world of parking.

When I parked a few weeks ago you would have been proud of me. I read the signs applicable to my car, I checked the curb, and I read the restrictions of the meter at which I was parked. Then I used PaybyPhone to pay.

Here is my situation.

One If By Bus, Three If By Carpool

With another BART strike looming, BART’s contingency plan is to offer limited bus service during the peak commute periods for its 365,565 regular weekday passengers. This service has the capability to serve 4,000 passengers each day. So that should take care of it. 

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