Posts Tagged ‘fine’

A Grisly Warning for SFSU Students from the SFPD and Stonestown Galleria: Parking at the Mall Will Cost You $600 in Tow Fees

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

A pithy message from Zoo Station, aka SFPD Taraval:

SF STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS: Don’t PARK at Stonestown Mall & go to class or to any SCHOOL function!

Achtung, baby!

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Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Tells “Monkey Parking” to Drop Mobile App for Auctioning City Parking Spots – $300 Fines?

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

[UPDATE: SFist (lots of comments already), Slate, and the San Francisco Chronicle are on the case.]

Gotta say I sort of saw this one coming.

And it’s not just Monkey Parking that’s in trouble today. Check out the craigslist ad from ParkModo (cached website) (@ParkModo – no Tweets yet, or maybe they were deleted?), posted on June 17th, 2014:

Earn $13.00 P/H Just To Park! (mission district)

Our company is launching an awesome app that rewards people to sell their on-street parking spots before leaving to people who need a spot.

To help us promote the app, we are looking for 20 people with cars and iPhones to park around the mission and use the app to offer their parking spots to people looking for parking.

The hours will be from 5:30-9:00 pm Thurs-Sat starting June 26th.

This is how it works:

1. You download the app from the app store.
2. When you want to work, you will contact our field manager to check in.
3. The field manager will then instruct you as to what area and type of spot you are to park in.
4. You will then find a spot in the area and park.
5. Once you are parked, using the app, you will offer the spot for sale. 
6. While you are waiting for someone to purchase the space, you will distribute postcards and promote the app.
7. Once someone purchases the spot, you will complete the transaction with the buyer and then find another space to park in and start the process all over again!

If you are interested, please click on the link below (Paste into your browser) and provide your information so we can contact you and get you started.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1To5Ck5FrPBMrh35SvJp-WDRg0WDyaLLyuo1_MS8pyV8/viewform?usp=send_form

We look forward to working with you!”

I think ParkModo’s operations will now be on hold, for a little bit at least. But do you want some more from them? See below.

Now, all the deets about all these troubled businesses, from Herrera’s office:

“Herrera tells Monkey Parking to drop mobile app for auctioning city parking spots

Motorists face $300 fines for each violation under existing law, City Attorney says — and three startups could be liable for penalties of up to $2,500 for each transaction

SAN FRANCISCO (June 23, 2014) — San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera today issued an immediate cease-and-desist demand to Monkey Parking, a mobile peer-to-peer bidding app that enables motorists to auction off the public parking spaces their vehicles occupy to nearby drivers.   The app, currently available for iOS devices, describes itself on the Apple iTunes App Store as the “the first app which lets you make money every time that you are about to leave your on-street parking spot.”

The letter Herrera’s office issued this morning to Paolo Dobrowolny, CEO of the Rome, Italy-based tech startup, cites a key provision of San Francisco’s Police Code that specifically prohibits individuals and companies from buying, selling or leasing public on-street parking.  Police Code section 63(c) further provides that scofflaws — including drivers who “enter into a lease, rental agreement or contract of any kind” for public parking spots — face administrative penalties of up to $300 for each violation.  Because Monkey Parking’s business model is wholly premised on illegal transactions, the letter contends that the company would be subject to civil penalties of up to $2,500 per violation under California’s tough Unfair Competition Law were the city to sue.  Such a lawsuit would be imminent, Herrera’s office vowed, should the startup continue to operate in San Francisco past July 11, 2014.

Technology has given rise to many laudable innovations in how we live and work — and Monkey Parking is not one of them,” Herrera said.  “It’s illegal, it puts drivers on the hook for $300 fines, and it creates a predatory private market for public parking spaces that San Franciscans will not tolerate.  Worst of all, it encourages drivers to use their mobile devices unsafely — to engage in online bidding wars while driving.  People are free to rent out their own private driveways and garage spaces should they choose to do so.  But we will not abide businesses that hold hostage on-street public parking spots for their own private profit.”

Herrera’s cease-and-desist demand to Monkey Parking includes a request to the legal department of Apple Inc., which is copied on the letter, asking that the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant immediately remove the mobile application from its App Store for violating several of the company’s own guidelines.  Apple App Store Review Guidelines provide that “Apps must comply with all legal requirements in any location where they are made available to users” and that “Apps whose use may result in physical harm may be rejected.”

Two other startups that similarly violate local and state law with mobile app-enabled schemes intended to illegally monetize public parking spaces in San Francisco will also face legal action in the form of cease-and-desist demands this week, according to the City Attorney’s Office.  Sweetch charges a $5 flat fee when its users obtain a parking spot from another Sweetch motorist.  Sweetch drivers who pass their spots off to other Sweetch members are refunded $4 of that fee.  ParkModo, which appears poised to launch later this week, according to recent employment postings on Craigslist, will employ drivers at a rate of $13.00 per hour to occupy public parking spaces in the Mission District.  As with Monkey Parking and Sweetch, ParkModo then plans to sell the on-street parking spots to its paying members through its iPhone app.  Sweetch and ParkModo members who make use of the apps to park in San Francisco are also subject to civil penalties of $300 per violation, and both companies are potentially liable for civil penalties of $2,500 per transaction for illegal business practices under the Cali04fornia Unfair Competition Law.

A copy of Herrera’s demand letter to Monkey Parking and additional information about the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is available at: http://www.sfcityattorney.org/.”

And here’s a little more from ParkModo:

“We are currently rolling out the beta in the following cities…

San Francisco – As beautiful as city it is, parking is just as bad! Not only is there way to much demand for the supply, but the parking police will catch you if they can! Be among the first 1000 people to download the app and get $5 in free parking!

New York – Instead of calling it the city that never sleeps, they should call it the city that never has parking! Get in on ParkModo and earn some serious cash and stop wasting your time. We know every minute in ny is precious.

Chicago – There may be wind here, but there is certainly no parking! Use ParkModo and fly like the wind when you need a space!”

Governor Jerry Brown Vetoes the Bill That Would Have Banned “Texting While Cycling” in California

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

I’m still a little hazy on that AB28 bill that Governor Jerry Brown just decided to veto, per the KQED News Fix.

Anyway, forget about it, it’s history. So, it won’t be specifically illegal text while riding a bike in CA, AFAIK. That doesn’t mean you can’t get cited for doing just that, cause there’s lots of other ways the cops can get you.

I was all set to look into this sitch, but that won’t be necessary now.

So, Rage on, Ke$ha!

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Here’s part of the text of the bill, the latest version available:

“Section 21213.5 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:
21213.5.

(a) A person shall not ride a bicycle while using an
electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a
text-based communication.

(b) As used in this section, “write, send, or read a text-based
communication” means using an electronic wireless communications
device to manually communicate with any person using a text-based
communication, including, but not limited to, communications referred
to as a text message, instant message, or electronic mail.

(c) For purposes of this section, a person shall not be deemed to
be writing, reading, or sending a text-based communication if the
person reads, selects, or enters a telephone number or name in an
electronic wireless communications device for the purpose of making
or receiving a telephone call.”

And here’s some legislative analysis:

While the dangers of using electronic devices while driving are
well-documented
, this bill additionally extends the reach of

current law by proposing a prohibition against bicyclists using
a handheld phone or text messaging. Although such behavior by
bicyclists is clearly irresponsible, poses an obvious and
substantial danger to themselves, and puts pedestrians, runners,
and other bicyclists at some risk, it pales in comparison to the
specter of a two-ton steel-and-glass vehicle moving at 60 miles
per hour with the driver’s attention focused on a device on his
or her lap. Hence, there clearly is a lesser urgency in
deterring such behavior by bicyclists. Nevertheless, as the
bill establishes a comparatively small fine ($20 to $50) with no
penalty assessments and no assignment of driver violation points
for bicycle violations, one might judge these provisions to be
more educational in nature than punitive.”

Will a BlueTooth Headset Save You From Citations for Riding Your Bike While Texting, Talking on a Cell Phone?

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

I don’t know.

I’m a little hazy on that AB28 bill that Governor Jerry Brown is about to sign.

Look out, Ke$ha!

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Anyway, here’s part of the text of the bill, the latest version available:

“Section 21213.5 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:
21213.5.

(a) A person shall not ride a bicycle while using an
electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a
text-based communication.

(b) As used in this section, “write, send, or read a text-based
communication” means using an electronic wireless communications
device to manually communicate with any person using a text-based
communication, including, but not limited to, communications referred
to as a text message, instant message, or electronic mail.

(c) For purposes of this section, a person shall not be deemed to
be writing, reading, or sending a text-based communication if the
person reads, selects, or enters a telephone number or name in an
electronic wireless communications device for the purpose of making
or receiving a telephone call.”

And here’s some legislative analysis:

While the dangers of using electronic devices while driving are
well-documented
, this bill additionally extends the reach of

current law by proposing a prohibition against bicyclists using
a handheld phone or text messaging. Although such behavior by
bicyclists is clearly irresponsible, poses an obvious and
substantial danger to themselves, and puts pedestrians, runners,
and other bicyclists at some risk, it pales in comparison to the
specter of a two-ton steel-and-glass vehicle moving at 60 miles
per hour with the driver’s attention focused on a device on his
or her lap. Hence, there clearly is a lesser urgency in
deterring such behavior by bicyclists. Nevertheless, as the
bill establishes a comparatively small fine ($20 to $50) with no
penalty assessments and no assignment of driver violation points
for bicycle violations, one might judge these provisions to be
more educational in nature than punitive.”

Hey, Why Don’t We Make It a Crime to Buy Fake Designer Handbags? You Know, the Way New York City Wants To

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

You know what our Fishermans Wharf has a reputation for? For counterfeit handbags, right?

Well, look and see what New York is doing about a similar problem in their Chinatown – some pols Back East want to impose a $1000 fine and six months in jail for the act of buying a fake Mark Jacob.

Check it:

“We don’t want to be known as the place to come to get counterfeit goods,” said Councilwoman Margaret Chin, whose Chinatown district is ground zero for counterfeiters.”

(Well, I can’t tell…)

Why can’t we have a crazy law like this, too?

Shouldn’t purse buyers be afraid to buy purses in San Francisco?

Sure, why not?

Saving Microsoft’s Bacon: Those “Illegal” Windows Phone + Maroon 5 Sidewalk Ads Clean Up With a Quickness, Actually

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Now, the way that the Mission Local was talking, I was thinking that Microsoft was heading for a six-figure headache over the whole Windows Phone / Maroon 5* / AT&T semi-permanent-chalk sidewalk ad illegality imbroglio.

But then when you look at these glowing green ad things on Valencia and when you grab a random abandoned bottle of liquid something (turned out to be soap, the nozzle’s mostly busted) sitting on top of a trash can nearby and then you start scrubbing to see how hard it is and then two minutes later, the ad is gone, más o menos, bingo bango.

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Not so tough now, are you, Windows 7 Phone ad?

(To do the job properly, what you’d need is a floor brush from Chizhou City Changsheng Wooden Handicraft Factory or someplace.)

So, problem solved. Now, I know only one thing:

I gots to get paid.

I knows I gots to get paid. ‘Cause I just saved your bacon, Microsoft / Waggener Edstrom Worldwide.

Now, as previously noted, I desire a 64GB Zune with AV Dock but not so much that I’d actually go out and pay for one.

Have your people get in touch with my people.

And, of course, mum’s the word and Bob’s your uncle…

*BTW, the concert’s already over with – I would have told you about it but I find the Maroon 5 oppressively girly and then you probably would have had to do a lot of hurry-up-and-wait to actually garner admission.

San Francisco Public Library Wins Award and Cash for 2009 Fine Amnesty Program

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Remember last year when Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and others participated in the San Francisco Public Library’s fine amnesty program? Well, it was such a success that the SFPL just got an award.

And, bonus, the Presidio Branch Library got back a 1947 print of George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman. It was 45 years overdue.

Remember, give a hoot, read a book!

All the deets:

San Francisco Public Library Receives National John Cotton Dana Award at American Library Association Annual Conference
 
Recognition for 2009’s Fine Amnesty Program, “Return the Books”
 
The San Francisco Public Library was one of six libraries nationwide to be honored with a John Cotton Dana Public Relations Award Sunday at the annual American Library Association (ALA) Conference in Washington D.C. The award recognizes and honors outstanding achievement in library public relations.

SFPL was recognized for its 2009 Overdue Fine Amnesty Program campaign, “Return the Books,” which led to the recovery of 29,000-plus items, valued at approximately $730,000, over the two week amnesty period in May 2009.

The low-cost, multifaceted overdue fine amnesty campaign used the tagline, “What’s Your Excuse?” and obtained free participation by local and national personalities including Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, Josh Kornbluth, Beth Lisick, W. Kamau Bell, and Marga Gomez, each offering clever excuses in a series of television public service announcements about their excuses for not returning library materials. The campaign netted a 23.6 percent return on overdue materials.

The fine amnesty program was intended to help library patrons cope with the economic downturn by removing one obstacle – overdue fines –allowing them to resume using library resources. The total number of recovered items was 29,228, including 3,151 books that were more than 60 days overdue and were therefore “assumed lost” or unlikely to be returned. The value of those long overdue items was nearly $79,000. Among the older items returned was a copy ofGeorge Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman (reprinted 1947) with a due date stamp of Jan. 29, 1964, making it more than 45 years overdue from the  Presidio Branch Library. San Francisco library patrons also saved themselves $55,165 in overdue materials fines and more than 3,000 patrons were able to obtain a clean slate on their record.

The John Cotton Dana Public Relations Award, which has been awarded since 1946, is sponsored by the H.W. Wilson Company, the H.W. Wilson Foundation and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). It is considered to be the most prestigious of all library awards in the field of public relations. The award comes with a $5,000 prize which is being returned to the City to help offset the general fund costs from foregoing the overdue fines over the two-week amnesty period. 

Just Try to Read This Official Car Towaway Notice From the City of San Francisco

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Come on, you can do it. Take a gander at the dollar amount of the fine for abandoning your car on the streets of San Francisco. Let’s agree that dollar amount has two digits, but it is $75? $85? $88? $98? $80? $90?

This is no mere triviality - if you don’t get the proper notice then you might not have to pay the fine. As to whether San Francisco can legally tow away your ride with the way the local laws are written these days, well, that’s up in the air.

Can I explain why the owner was given only three days to move in light of the last year’s policy change allowing seven days? No, no I cannot. Click to expand.

Are San Francisco drivers gonna get a massive refund the way it just went down South San Francisco Way with the red light cameras? [KRON's Eve Taft- why isn't she in every romcom Hollywood can produce?] No se.

I’m the first one to rain on the parade of plaintiff’s attorneys with ridiculous notions of what constitutes a decent lawsuit, but this one, this one looks good.

The mise-en-scene atop Buena Vista Heights at the end of Masonic, where it’s so hilly you might need an exemption to drive your SUV around.

This aging, now-woodless Willys Jeep Wagon ur-SUV needs no exemption for excessive weight as it’s not close to the weight limit. (I ought to call it in to Pimp My Ride or something.) Wonder where it is now, wonder if it got towed. [Dude, where's my car? What happened to my woody?]

Anyway, we’ll just have to bide our time to see what occurs with this not-yet-certified class action lawsuit. Writer Joe Eskenazi will keep us posted, I’m sure.

To Be Continued…

Dog is My Co-Pilot on the Streets of San Francisco

Friday, July 24th, 2009

You know, when you’re coming through San Francisco keeping busy applying makeup holding a cell phone eating a Pocky chocolate-coated breadstick with one hand and holding the remaining Pockies with the other, it pays to have another set of eyes keeping a lookout on the road ahead.

As seen in the Middle Sunset District heading toward the Golden Gate Bridge on 19th Avenue, aka the Senator Leland Yee Double Fine Zone:

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Feel free to eat delicious Pocky treats whenever and wherever you wish – that whole sodium cyanide thing involving the Monster with 21 Faces sorted itself out more than a quarter century ago. (Wow, Wiki, you certainly are well-informed.)

Available at a Daiso or IchbanKan near you.

How to be a Pedestrian on the Dangerous Sidewalks of San Francisco

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

It’s not entirely obvious, but San Francisco’s Van Ness Avenue (fka Marlette Street) is part of famous U.S. Route 101 - that means it gets lots of traffic from drivers who would prefer to be on a freeway. So much so, that we now have Pedestrian Safety Double Fine Zones for the bulk of its length.

The problem is that you have drivers who are impaired, or who don’t know what they’re doing, whizzing by you, just standing on the corner waiting for a green pedestrian signal. As this recent accident near City Hall illustrates, you can go from being a happy camper to a collision victim in less than a second:

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The solution? When waiting for a light on the sidewalk, just stand behind something big like a fire hydrant or a tree. That way, traffic will have a chance to slow down a bit before hitting you. Just think to your self, “They’re trying to kill me,” and you’ll be fine.

The More You Know…

Stay safe!