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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Occupy My Street: S.F. Woman Starts Petition Against Out-of-Control Parking Tickets

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 1:00 PM

click to enlarge The vehicle of oppression.
  • The vehicle of oppression.

Drivers in San Francisco may rightly suspect they are merely rats in a giant SFMTA experiment designed to make them spit up as much money for parking tickets as possible before breaking down and buying a bike. Meeting went 10 minutes over? Ticket for you, buddy. Caught on camera blowing a red light? Your ticket is in the mail. Didn't turn you wheels toward the curb on an incline? It's all downhill for you.

Well, one lady behind the wheel isn't going to sit in the passenger seat anymore while SFMTA drives her into bankruptcy. San Francisco resident Caitlin Finnell started a petition called "Occupy My Street" with the hope of getting the 99 percent -- essentially, those of you who can't afford to pay your multiple $55 parking tickets -- to join together against the SFMTA's "underhanded taxing."

So far, Finnell has 17 signatures out of her 100 goal -- some of whom hail from as far away as Israel and Korea (tourists know the pain of driving in this town, too). After all, disarming the MTA is seemingly easier than trying to disarm Iran.

"To the 1 percent, shelling out $500 to $1,000 or more to get your car out of trouble is nothing," Finnell appeals. "To those of us who are of lower income, $1,000 can be more than a year's worth of working hard to save that money, and in an instant it is gone." 

"We pay taxes already for the roads we drive on ... the Muni to run, for the meter maids and the Muni workers salaries ... and then we are being murderously overcharged and criminalized for violations." 

So there you go, Occupiers; instead of taking to the street on foot, perhaps you should do it in an illegally parked car. That would be the true test of your gumption: after all, San Francisco is more willing to let a drum circle sit in the middle of Market than a Mazda.

Sign the petition here.

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