For all too many San Franciscans, operating an environmentally conscious vehicle is treated in a manner akin to a Papal indulgence, offsetting your otherwise noxious behavior.
But this was just the latest ill-conceived squat in a history of bad mayoral parking. San Francisco mayors love to burnish their green cred. But, in Lee's favor, at least the vehicle illegally parked by his driver isn't a gas-guzzling behemoth.
His predecessor can't say the same.
The above image portrays erstwhile Mayor Gavin Newsom's hybrid Chevy Tahoe (which still got crap mileage) blocking not one but two handicapped ramps back in 2009.
Newsom was not ticketed for this. And, in the present day, neither was Lee. Running Lee's plates through the Department of Parking and Traffic website
, it seems he has no outstanding payments.
But parking control officers tend not to hand tickets to the mayor, cars driven by cops, or cops driving the mayor's car.
Thankfully, per the mayor's office this will never happen again.