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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

You Can Thank VISA and Bank of America for Making Parking in S.F. More Expensive

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 12:51 PM

  • Niall Kennedy/Flickr
The Municipal Transportation Agency will soon take a bite out of your wallet, but don’t storm the mansions and burn anyone in effigy just yet. This time, it’s not their fault. They say the devil made them do it.

(Actually, it was VISA and Bank of America. But close enough.)

As expected, the MTA board voted unanimously to hike parking meter fees a quarter an hour citywide yesterday, with the pinch taking effect in February. But they want you to know they’re doing it under duress.

“This is a one-time, forced action,” board member Malcolm Heinicke said at the meeting. He did not add, “Really, honestly, pinky-swear.“ But it was more or less implied.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Illegal Sunday Parking in the Mission Could Soon Last All Damn Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 5:00 PM

  • Eric Fischer/Flickr

If you’re steamed about illegal parking in the Mission on Sunday mornings, good news: You might soon see it on Saturdays and Fridays, too.

Somehow, constant community grousing about churchgoers parking their cars on the medians week in and week out is slowly but surely translating into tacit endorsement of the practice from an SFMTA advisory committee — and possibly even an expansion of it.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Here's Your Traffic Guide to Getting Around The Traffic Jams This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 11:53 AM

click image Look at all of the not-cars on Castro Street. - CARY BASS-DESCHENES / FLICKR
  • Cary Bass-Deschenes / Flickr
  • Look at all of the not-cars on Castro Street.

Even if you decide you don't want to brave the crowds and venture over to Golden Gate Park for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival or battle the hordes of people at the Castro Street Fair, chances are you’ll feel the residual effects of the events while on the road or on a Muni bus.

And we feel for ya. So we decided to throw together an easy roadmap to help you navigate the traffic jams and commuting chaos during the event-filled weekend.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Reader Sends Us Image of "Parking Shame" Note Penned in Ketchup

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Yesterday, we riled up city drivers by posting a parking note that we thought illustrated just how far people were willing to go to secure a spot for their car in San Francisco. 

Apparently, drivers are willing to go much further than a handwritten note punctuated with snark. 

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

S.F. Family of Drivers Think They're Entitled to Your Public Parking Spot

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Parking, or the lack thereof, in San Francisco drives motorists to revert to their worst self  Just for fun, we've kept close tabs on all of the passive-aggressive, and plain aggressive, notes that've been slapped on car windshields from pissy drivers unable to find parking, most notably in the Bernal Heights neighborhood.

Now it appears the parking rage is trending down in the Mission District where one motorist recently received some very pointed notes from his neighbors who believe their parking needs are more important than anyone else's. Chris Cohen, a local motorcyclist, describes a recent baffling event where he legally parked his bike in a public spot only to find the above note taped to his gas tank upon his return.

Here's Cohen trying to make sense of it all:

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Parking Blues: Driver Learns the Colorful Way Not to Park on the Sidewalk

Posted By on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Perhaps you're still reeling (or recovering) from the fact that you now have to pony up for parking on Sundays in San Francisco. But you know what costs even more than a few hours at the meter or a parking ticket? A new paint job on your car.

We always enjoy some good parking drama, which typically comes in the form of passive aggressive notes and a lot of "fuck yous." But when we came across this image on SF Citizen, we, too wondered if the parking tension has taken on a new life in the city.

Parking Blues? - DALLIS WILLARD

See Also: SoCal Man Nixes Moving to S.F. After Car Gets Towed in Bernal Heights

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ballsy 49ers Fan Decides Football Victory Makes Him Invincible to Driving Laws

Posted By on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 7:21 AM

San Francisco cops noted unruly Niners fans kept them plenty busy over the weekend as some chose to bask in football glory by boozing and beating each other up.

But we are wondering if the cops ever caught sight of this particularly ballsy Niners fan, who chose a more enterprising way of celebrating S.F.'s ascension to the Super Bowl. As you can see, this driver went ahead and blocked out his (or her) license plate with a crappy homemade "Atlanta Got Served" sign, which we spotted near City Hall.

  • Joe Eskenazi

See Also: Kaepernick Fever: So Hot the Road Team Is Favored Over the Top-Seeded Home Team

Turns Out, Even Uncle Sam Gets Parking Tickets in San Francisco

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Turns Out, Even Uncle Sam Gets Parking Tickets in San Francisco

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Neither rain nor snow nor lack of legal parking stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

The beautiful shot taken by the omnipresent Jim Herd of the SF Citizen made us feel a little bit better about the $58 we shelled out for a parking ticket this week.

We want YOU to pay that ticket - JIM HERD
  • Jim Herd
  • We want YOU to pay that ticket

See Also: Read This Not Too Aggressive But Very Detailed Parking Note

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Read This Not Too Aggressive But Very Detailed Parking Note

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Bernal Heights neighbors' back-and-forth passive aggressive parking notes have become one of our favorite new mediums for literary expression.

In this latest episode delivered by the Bernalwood Press, an unknown neighbor left an annoyed note on a car that was taking up more space than its fair share. But what was amusing about this particular missive was how well the victim provided a detailed log of the ongoing offense.

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  • Courtesy of the Badass Bernalwoodpress

See also: SoCal Man Nixes Moving to S.F. After Car Gets Towed in Bernal Heights

Neighbors Try to Resolve Parking Wars With Really Passive-Agressive Notes

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

George Gerald Anderson, Alleged Fake Parking Lot Attendant, Arrested

Posted By on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 6:56 AM

Is currently parked in county jail
  • Is currently parked in county jail

As if trying to park your car in San Francisco weren't drama enough, the cops say they've busted one of those faux parking attendants who have been pocketing your hard-earned cash at local lots.

George Gerald Anderson, 50, of San Francisco, was arrested on suspicion of theft after a tourist saw him pocket the money the victim had given him, thinking he was paying for a parking spot.

See also: SoCal Man Nixes Moving to S.F. After Car Gets Towed in Bernal Heights

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