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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Ticket Master: Parking Officers 'Boot' Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi's Car

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Reconsidering your vote on the MTA budget, Mr. Mirkarimi?
  • Reconsidering your vote on the MTA budget, Mr. Mirkarimi?
The truly insidious Us Magazine has a nifty little photo feature titled "Just like us!" featuring famous people caught in the act of jogging, ordering at Del Taco, buying handbags at Prada -- just like us!

We're not sure if San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi is "just like us" -- most folks don't have anecdotes at the ready about charming the hell out of a Venezuelan soap opera queen at a Brazilian meet-n-greet (and starting a family with her). But Mirkarimi can ostensibly better commiserate with hundreds of the city's more unfortunate souls now that he knows, first-hand, the joy of walking to his car and discovering parking control officers have fitted it with an immobilizing boot.

"I'm doing my part to support the [Municipal Transportation Agency] budget," deadpanned Mirkarimi, who admitted he'd let "some tickets pile up." 

You need to acquire five outstanding tickets before getting a "booting" from parking control officers -- but the District 5 supe said this is all a big misunderstanding. He claims he's been hit with several tickets for parking in his own designated City Hall spot. In at least one instance, Mirkarimi claims PCOs didn't see the pass on the dashboard of his 1993 Jeep ragtop; that pass, he adds, was subsequently stolen out of his car -- leading to more tickets. Mirkarimi says he'll appeal the contested tickets -- and, perhaps, get back the $205 the city charges to remove a boot.

On the plus side, Mirkarimi can claim that he's bucking a trend: We noted last month that the number of bootings administered in San Francisco has dropped 20 percent since last year.

No one knows why bootings are down -- it doesn't make sense in a bad economy. Now, possibly, we've got an answer. Perhaps scores of people have eluded a booting by stealing Mirkarimi's pass and parking wherever they please, with impunity.

It would go a long way toward explaining why the supervisor seems to be everywhere.  

Photo   |   Jeremy Kemp

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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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