January 15, 2010

List DPT calls for parking offenses



EveryBlock is a handy way of keeping track of activity in your neighborhood. I noticed that you can list the calls placed with DPT about parking, and the case's resolution, here. According to this link, yesterday (Jan 14), no less than 156 calls were made about parking. Keep them coming!

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  1. Everyone is completely ridiculous and delusional if they are to believe that parking in San Francisco is easy and that people parking on the sidewalk are just rude and inconsiderate. I agree that it can be a safety hazard, but where the heck are we supposed to leave our cars if there are more cars in every neighborhood than there are legal parking spaces? Complainers either don't have cars or only have 1 car in their household that they can easily stow away in the garage. Otherwise, they would find themselves in the same predicatment and would do the same thing themselves when parking spaces seem nearly impossible to come by. Both sides of the issue need to be looked at. I feel it's more inconsiderate to take pictures of cars parked on the sidewalk and put them in a hall of shame than to maybe think about why someone might do that. We're not all just doing it to be lazy and rude.

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    1. Um, I think you need to turn a little bit of that judgement back on yourself if you think that because spots are difficult to find and you are either too lazy or cheap to pay for a reliable spot in a major metropolitan area that it's ok to make people like myself have to walk around your car out into heavy oncoming rush hour traffic on Fell St. with my dog or bike, literally putting "my life" in danger because there is no other way up the road. I don't think this is inconsiderate at all, especially when you call the number to report it and no one does anything. I think you should be towed. I think it should be documented. I think your frustrations and lack of initiative to maybe work to have the city add more parking, or park elsewhere, pay for a spot, or sell your car and use public transportation is the problem or a severe symptom of it. And if you want to complain about not having money to find consistent parking spaces for yourself, well then I say "maybe not move to the 2nd most expensive city in the country. Maybe go elsewhere where both parking and prices are more to your standards." Also, I'm going to take responsibility for my comments...

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    2. I totally agree with Kelly4nia. Just because it isn't easy doesn't mean it is not your responsibility to park legally. It's part of car ownership, like paying for insurance and licensing. For my part, I pay a nearby building owner $85.00 per month for the privilege of parking on his property, 3 blocks from where I live, while the idiot next door to me parks no fewer than 4 motorcycles on the sidewalk, when he is not using two of them to "reserve" a space on the street for his car (taking up much more space - car length - than necessary for motorcycle parking - while two others are still on the sidewalk). Sometimes he gets lazy and leaves his "reserved" space full of two strategically placed motorcycles and just parks blocking the driveway. Incidentally, all five of these vehicles belong to one person. Why is he privileged to take up available street parking plus the sidewalk for free, while I pay $85.00 per month to walk 3 blocks to my parking space? Answer: he is a rude, obnoxious hog who is willing to trample on the rights of his neighbors, while I am not. I think he should be fined. I think Anonymous above should cut down on his vehicles, or pay for parking perhaps, but at the very least park legally like a responsible adult citizen.

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  2. I think you have a point. Many comments on this site smack of racism - on my block (Santa Ynez, Mission Terrace) the paved over yards, now 3 car parking lots are all owned by immigrants families, Asian and Hispanic, often with multi generations living in a modest 1920 stucco home. The property line starts about 18' away from our houses. I was awakened at 1am a few months ago and a police woman ticketed me for blocking my neighbors driveway (about a foot over). I asked about their parking 3 cars in front of their house - she said it was legal as it was their property.

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  3. This is a bullshit website. You take picture of these cars and post them on your stupid website with these self-righteous captions. You say this street will be beautiful only if there is 10 feet of sidewalk for pedestrians. Guess what? I'm a pedestrian, and I'm fine with 3 feet. Whoever this commissioner is, probably doesn't have a job and sits at home updating this website to make his life more meaningful.
    This is a major metropolitan city. There are a huge amount of people that live here with motor vehicles. Do you really expect everyone to find parking if they park the way you want them to? The city would have to build parking structures every 3 blocks to accommodate your lavish requirements. And I think that I'd rather see a car or two parked on a sidewalk than a large concrete parking garage scarring the landscape. Why don't you think about what your telling people?

    Instead of focusing on people who park on sidewalks, why don't you use all that free time and lack of a life to think of SOLUTIONS to the city's parking problems? Think of ways to ease parking congestion in the city. The fault obviously lies in the design of this city. Residents of SF are only victims of a poorly thought out city development.

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    1. I kind of agree with you on the garden and greenery aspect of your comment, but I think you're missing the bigger part which is the people who completely block the entire sidewalk and it's dangerous, and selfish. I think taking pics of those people is useful. I have a guy by my house who blocks the sidewalk twice a week and I've almost been hit by traffic walking home because I had to get around it... in the street on Fell, people impatient and speeding and I had to basically walk out into a highway/byway. I don't think we need to worry about pretty sidewalks but this above we do.

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    2. While we're discussing parking shortages, can we briefly discuss the phenomenon of businesses that are somehow managing to get zoning permission to create outdoor seating for their customers in what would be prime parking spaces if they were not full of trendy little chairs and tables? I've seen several instance of it lately. How is that allowed to happen in a city where parking is at such a premium?

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  4. parking on sidewalk: I hope you never find yourself restricted to a wheel chair trying to decide if you should wait for the selfish pig to move their car off the sidewalk or risk rolling yourself into traffic.

    Do us all a favor and move out of the city.

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    1. There's plenty of sidewalk for someone in a wheelchair to get through. Many streets, such as in my neighborhood, are so narrow that cars constantly get hit and no one leaves a note to fix the $500 worth of damage they just did to someone who wanted to park in front of their house. There are two sides of the coin here. See it.

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  5. Homeowners are responsible for sidewalk repairs. The sidewalk in front on my house was sinking from neighbors parking on it everyday. The city sent me a letter saying I had to repair the sidewalk. It cost me a total of $7000.00 to have it repaired!! This is hardly fair since I never park on the sidewalk. Think about that the next time you get a ticket for parking on someones sidewalk. I used to let it slide but not anymore. If you park on the sidewalk in front of my house now you will get a nice note explaining this, if you do it again I will call and have you ticketed.

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  6. This is by far the most ridiculous blog of all time and a prime example of why San Francisco is a mess.

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  7. Its pathetic how spoiled so many people who comment on your blog are. Having a car isnt like a "god given right", so to speak. Why should anyone have to accomodate you parking a big piece of crap in one of the few spaces that exist for people to walk on. All you brats would be flippin out if there was a homeless dude with a bunch of carts left in the middle of the street, or even on public space in front of your driveway. If you want to have this huge vehicle, find some place to put it other than what is essentially a pedestrian street. Again, just to reiterate the concept, if pepple just started hanging out in the middle of the street bbqin all the time when your trying to get slmewhere, youd be pissed too.

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  8. Its pathetic how spoiled so many people who comment on your blog are. Having a car isnt like a "god given right", so to speak. Why should anyone have to accomodate you parking a big piece of crap in one of the few spaces that exist for people to walk on. All you brats would be flippin out if there was a homeless dude with a bunch of carts left in the middle of the street, or even on public space in front of your driveway. If you want to have this huge vehicle, find some place to put it other than what is essentially a pedestrian street. Again, just to reiterate the concept, if pepple just started hanging out in the middle of the street bbqin all the time when your trying to get slmewhere, youd be pissed too.

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  9. There is a city code 21114.5, If all of you, payed attention and follow simple direction, responsibility owning and driving, most of all parking. People just don't know how to behave thats why we need parking enforcement.....Be courtesy ,and respecful for others need and not just yours, this blog, and enforcement would'nt be needed.......

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