If All of San Francisco Government Worked as Efficiently as Street-Cleaning-Day PCOs, Well…

…we wouldn’t have any debt and we’d run surpluses every year.

This is five minutes before two-hour no-parking-time, you know, for street sweeping. Do these streets look like they need a sweeping? Not to me.

But the Spice Must Flow, right? It’s harvest time, once again: 

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There’s a chance that the owners of the cars parked here on Octavia might saunter (or run) up for a last-minute rescue, but usually you don’t see that.

It’s too bad that San Francisco government can’t “make money” by having an efficient transit network, you know, the way it “makes money” off of forgetful drivers on unnecessary weekly (or, I’m srsly, daily in some places) street sweeping.

This operation didn’t start out as a scam, back in the day, but it turned into one.*

Oh well.

*In this respect, it’s just like the neighborhood parking decal scheme.

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4 Responses to “If All of San Francisco Government Worked as Efficiently as Street-Cleaning-Day PCOs, Well…”

  1. Sameer Bhansaki says:

    This is practically standard practice. I used to leave my apt every day at 655am and I’d see them all lined up ready for the 7am ticketing party. What’s more amazing is that there used to be a poorly-marked tow-away zone near my apt, so they even got the TOW TRUCKS lined up at 655am ready to pounce. It’s gross.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    In my neck of the woods, DPT always shows up in the last half-hour of the two-hour window.

    If they changed their schedule to show up at the beginning of the time band, oh boy, that would be a mess.

  3. Alai says:

    On the other hand, the practice does serve to discourage people from leaving cars they’re not using parked on the street. If they stopped this “dance” I think it would be even harder to find parking, since people would be much more likely to use the street for long-term car storage.

    Now, I think there are better ways to deal with that problem, like charging more than $8 a month for a permit, but apparently that’s illegal under state law.

  4. sfcitizen says:

    Cause that would make it a tax, which, I understand, would need a 2/3rds vote. The fee is $100 a year or so, to pay for dedicated PCO’s to enforce the neighborhood parking rules and other costs of the program.