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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Ed Lee Parks in the Bus Stop: A Tradition of Bad Mayoral Parking

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Busted in the bus stop - DAVID BLACK
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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. 

There is, after all, a sanctimonious bicyclist or two in this town. And, on Friday, photos hit the Internet of Mayor Ed Lee's electric Chevy Volt parked in a Glen Park bus stop. The argument could be made that any vehicle squiring about our mayor is a de facto tech shuttle -- and, therefore, this is a $1 infraction, and not a $271 one.  

But, in short, you're not supposed to do this. Not leastways when you're just eating at a taqueria, as Lee was. Even cops aren't supposed to park in the bus zone when ordering their food. The cop who drives Lee's car for him "will be admonished" per a mayoral spokeswoman. The mayor is displeased. 

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. 

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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

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About The Author

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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