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Parking 501: Advanced Techniques

So, you’ve circled a block more than a few times and there isn’t a parking spot available on any of the streets on either side of the street. VoicePark is not available because there are no sensors in that area yet. You’ve even expanded your search to a four-block radius. Absolutely nothing.

SFMTA vs. SF Giants: Quiz Answers!

The SFMTA or SF Giants. Who boasts bigger numbers? During lunch, we asked you to guess the heavyweights in our seven-question series. Did you make bets with your co-workers? Now, we reveal the answers.

The Fall Classic: SFMTA vs. SF Giants

Read both choices and take a guess at which is greater: The SFMTA or SF Giants. Send in your guess as to who wins this seven-question series. Answers to follow. Wagering with co-workers is encouraged.

The Bright Side of Having Your Car Stolen

Stolen Car

Dear Parking Guru,
 
I am new to SF, so not up to speed with all of the rules, regulations, and inside info. After my recent experience this weekend, I was pointed promptly in your direction by a buddy of mine and I'm hoping you can help. Here is my situation:
 
My car got stolen Friday night, I filed a report Saturday morning and retrieved a voicemail upon waking up Sunday morning that they found my car around Dolores Park and I need to pick up my car. Here's the twist. The call came at 4 am and because I did not pick up, they towed my car, and now I have to pay $600 to pick it up!!

This Is Your Chance to Fix MUNI

MUNI ReRoutes

More and more, it seems that most decisions are made by people who are the least affected by those decisions. Everyone knows that MUNI, like most public transportation systems, has room for improvement, and the 673,196 daily riders have all had a moment or two to reflect on ways to improve it. Have you ever thought to yourself or muttered to a fellow rider, "It would be so cool if MUNI had an app that...?"
 

Is Parking in the Middle of the Road for Church on Sundays Legit?

Parking

Dear Parking Guru,
 
First off, thank you for your wisdom! I am an avid sign reader and hunter of the "secret spots" that you write about. But, I am also paranoid about getting a ticket and mentally filing away your info helps to lessen the paranoia. I read a recent post of yours in 7x7 about churches and strip clubs and the passenger loading zones they have in common and it triggered a question...what's the deal with traffic lanes turning into parking on Sundays in the Tenderloin? I've not seen any signs indicating the phenomenon is legitimate (though that may be because I'm too busy looking for legal parking). More importantly, how does SFMTA know (or do they) that the vehicles parked there are associated with churchgoers? And most importantly, can I park there within "church hours" when I'm going to brunch in the area without the fear of a ticket?
 
Sincerely,
Ms. Striving to Stay Ticket-free

 

Which Parking Rules are Enforced on Columbus Day?

One popular symptom of parking denial rationalization syndrome occurs on holidays. It looks like this: "The banks are closed, the post office and all other government offices are closed, DPT parking officers are government employees, so they don't have to work, so, parking restrictions are not in effect on Columbus Day and I can park ticket-free all day. Right?" 

Wrong.

How to Deal with Parking Hogs

Dear Parking Guru,
 
I live just one block from Mission Street, so parking in my area is naturally quite competitive. Like many others living in this area, my roommate and I must seek out available public parking on a regular basis. We knew what we were getting into as far as parking scarcity in the neighborhood we moved to and we're ok with being a part of the normal competition for parking spaces. But not everyone plays fair.

What Do Strip Clubs and Churches Have in Common?

White Zones

Dear Parking Guru,

I'm a long time reader, first time writer. Thanks for all of your info. It helped me get a bogus $70 curbed wheel ticket dismissed a few months ago. I have been ticket-free for some time now and want to keep it that way so here is my question. People at 511 and SFMTA are quite vague and cranky about white zones and when they are and are not okay to park in. I don't think they really know the answer. Could you clear it up for us please?

Sincerely,
Ticket-Free

Do Whatever You Want in a Metered Spot Today. It's Park(ing) Day 2012!

Parking Day

There is an obscure rule in San Francisco, under the government "open space" act that allows parking spaces to be used for things other than parking. You can pay for two hours at a meter in the middle of the Financial District at high noon, and that parking space is your open space to do what you see fit. You can put $3 in the meter, roll out some sod, sit in a lounge chair and read a book, or hold a lunchtime dance party and you will be perfectly street legal.

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