Update 9 p.m.: Muni says it issued 4,000 warnings on Sunday to drivers who didn't pay the meter for one reason or another.
Did you forget to plug the meter this past Sunday, despite our friendly reminder that you can no longer completely rest on your one day of rest?
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency hasn't responded to us, so we can't tell you how many drivers forgot to feed the meter on Sunday, when paying for parking on the Sabbath started. If you forgot this time, best you use the next two Sundays to start practicing, because come Jan. 27 the fastidious meter maids will no longer issue warnings, but parking tickets.
So what can you do about the new oppressive parking rules?
Not much, really, but you can sign this petition, which asks the SFMTA to stop making San Francisco an all-around miserable place for drivers.
According to the petition, which has gotten 1,243 signatures:
As residents and taxpayers of San Francisco we believe that the SFMTA's first and foremost responsibility is to improve MUNI and to make MUNI a more desirable means of transportation. It is not SFMTA's job to make owning and driving a motor vehicle more expensive and difficult.
The SFMTA needs to be accountable to all the citizens of San Francisco. We need a balanced, unbiased municipal transportation policy.
We respectfully request that the Mayor and District Supervisors immediately stop the SFMTA from:
1. Installing new parking meters and extending the hours of enforcement
2. Enforcing Sunday parking meters
3. Increasing meter rates, fees and fines
The petition, which is being circulated by Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF), needs 2,000 signatures before it is delivered to the Board of Supervisors.
Here's what some of the most recent petitioners have said about the new parking rules:
If you share some of those sentiments above, feel free sign the petition. Or you could just do what so many San Franciscans are doing these days: Move to Oakland, where housing is cheap(er) and Sunday parking is (still) free.