Posts Tagged ‘meter maid’

Fish in a Barrel: This SFMTA PCO Can Hand Out Multiple $105 “Block the Box” Tickets in One Minute

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Of course, the SFMTA could jigger the lights around the neighborhood of Bush and Sansome in a more efficient way, but then this meter maid wouldn’t be able to park her Cushman and then stand in the intersection to generate so many tickets that she has trouble with all the receipt tape she’s generating. See?

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Her little machine might have a camera built in, and the GPS and the Wi-Fi and all sorts of things to allow her to bag three rides in one cycle of green yellow red.

Check it. All of these drivers on Bush inbound in the Financh are used to crawling across a San Francisco  intersection before the light turns red and then making it out of the intersection before the peds start coming. Except that this is notorious Bush and Sansome, where things don’t work that way.

And then here come the judge – tickets for everybody! It’s like Oprah handing out Pontiacs – YOU GET A TICKET! AND YOU GET A TICKET! AND YOU GET A TICKET!

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(Mind you, this is an intersection where it’s quite safe to loiter about, so fret not.)

(Hey, is she recording the Vehicle Identification Numbers of all these rides? I think not. Is that some sort of technicality that will allow you to get out of your ticket after spending hours and hours of time fighting your ticket? IDK.)

Some drivers get stuck, but I’m thinking, well just make the left up Sansome* while you have the chance and then you’ll avoid a painful three-figure citation. But the drivers, then don’t have respect, they don’t see the danger.

And I’ll bet most of them aren’t even aware that they’re getting a citation.

Eventually, the driving culture at this intersection will change** if this woman makes a habit of harvesting money on the Evening Drive each and every day.

I ask you, Gentle Reader, what if the rest of SFGov were as efficient as this PCO?

*Whether it’s legal or not. In this case, that would be a legal turn but even if it weren’t, the chances of getting a moving violation doing that are virtually nil, as opposed to a parking ticket, where the odds are virtually certain. 

**In the old days, the SFMTA would tell its PCOs to stop handing out tickets during the Evening Drive and start directing traffic at busy intersections. Those days are over. This woman can pay her salary and fund her generous benefits and retirement package in one or two minutes of her shift. Remarkable!

SFMTA Meter Maids Refuse to Ticket Car Parked Illegally on the Sidewalk of Hayes Street Because of an Unwritten Rule

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

And that rule is that Parking Control Officers won’t give you a ticket for parking on a sidewalk so long as its street sweeping time, so, you know, the SFMTA is “making money” well enough already, thank you very much.

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That’s life in the big city…

The Time of the Week When the SFMTA Doesn’t Seem to Mind Cars Parked on the Sidewalk

Friday, January 30th, 2015

The white truck on the left is parked on the sidewalk. The SFMTA “knows” this because a dozen SFMTA-employed eyeballs have just passed by to see it. Yet, it didn’t get ticketed.

OTOH, the white car on the far right _did_ get a ticket, you can see it, for blocking a street sweeper on street sweeping day

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These practices have developed over the years – they’re a culture.

If you ask somebody from the SFMTA about this sitch, they’d be all, well, call it in and we’ll come out and give it a ticket. (When SFGov doesn’t have the will to enforce its own rules, it says the whole process is “complaint driven.”)

Anyway, this is the culture, not that you’d find it officially documented anywhere…

And the Richmond District’s Biggest Illegal Parking Violator is … Giorgio’s Pizzeria, 151 Clement Street

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

When I come across Giorgio of Giorgio’s Pizzeria, I’ll say, “Hey Gio, how come you ain’t got no brothers up on the wall here?”

And then, regardless of the answer, I’ll follow up with a question about why he doesn’t arrange for a place to park his Prius and whatever delivery vehicles, you know, legally.

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(In mitigation, this joint is a viable institution of the Richmond District and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it if you’re looking for an old-school pizza place out in the Avenues…)

Cold Busted: Do SFMTA Parking Control Officers Even Try to Follow the Law? Take a Look

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Leave us review California Vehicle Code Section 40202(a):

“The notice of parking violation shall also set forth … the last four digits of the vehicle identification number, if that number is readable through the windshield...”

Except some DPT meter maids are in the habit of not writing down the last four digits of the VIN. Check it:

Some SFMTA parking citation officers thought they found a loophole by simply entering “cannot read,” “covered,” or “unable to locate” in the VIN field space of a citation. 

03/07/12: Officer NW (Badge #206) wrote 66 citations of which he said he “cannot read” the VIN plate information on all 66 of them!  

02/01/12: Officer TA (Badge #12) wrote 27 citations of which he said he “cannot read” the VIN plate information on all 27 of them.”

So am I saying I believe the factual statements of some random Change.org petition over anything spun out by the SFMTA?

Yes, yes I am.

Now is this VIN requirement kind of a technicality, and is it kind of a pain to be looking for VINs when the PCOs need to make their quotas in order to pay for Ed Reiskin’s generous benefits package? Yes and yes.

But that’s the law. Perhaps the SFMTA should try to change the law if it’s so hard to obey.

Let’s hope that the SFMTA keeps a closer eye on its PCOs in the future…

Now let’s travel back to the past:

Via the excellent Uptown Almanac comes news of this anti-MUNI bumper sticker campaign:

Beej Weir with deets here and here.

“The bottom of the sticker reads: “ASSAULTING A PARKING CONTROL OFFICER IS A CRIME. SO DON’T GET CAUGHT.”- WACKO 1

As previously noted, harsh.

California Penal Code 241 — Assault, punishment. (“(b) When an assault is committed against the person of a parking control officer engaged in the performance of his or her duties, and the person committing the offense knows or reasonably should know that the victim is a parking control officer, the assault is punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000), or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or by both the fine and imprisonment.”

So much for “Good People, Tough Jobs.”

OMG, “Parking Angels” Help You Stick It To The Man: Reduce Tickets via the “SF Parking Alliance”

Monday, November 18th, 2013

All the deets:

Join the SF Parking Alliance – A COMMUNITY EFFORT TO REDUCE PARKING CITATIONS

HOW IT WORKS
1) Somebody sees a car that is about to get a parking ticket
2) They see that the car is registered with SF Parking Alliance
3) They text SF Parking Alliance (415-968-5137) your call sign
4) We forward the text to you and hopefully you move your car!
5) You respond to the text with a thank you and we anonymously forward it

So in this case, the car owner’s handle is GOGIANTS. If you see his/her ride about to get ticketed/towed, you’re supposed to send out a text

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I don’t know how often this system has worked to take food out of the mouths of Harvard Boy Ed Reiskin’s kids. Perhaps never.

But it’s the thought that counts, right?

Brave Early-Morning Cushman Pilot, Haight Street – He’s a Cowboy, On a Steel Horse He Rides

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

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Street Cleaning on the Fifth Week of the Month: Would MUNI Give You a Ticket, For Instance, on the Fifth Monday?

Monday, September 9th, 2013

I know that SFMTAMUNIDPTSFMTA has gives out tickets to people who park on the street on the fifth week of the month, but I don’t know if it means to.

So let’s say it’s 1:00 PM on the 31st day of the month and that day happens to be a Monday – can you park here?

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All these Yelpers are saying no so I guess 5th day of the month parking is OK and you can petition MUNI if you get a ticket.

I guess.

Defiant UPS Driver Lets DPT Parking Tickets Accumulate Day After Day, Just Piling Up on the Windshield

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Thusly:

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Mayor Ed Lee Should Be Forced to Drive Around Solely in This Orange Vehicle Until the Giants Start Winning Again

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Hey, didn’t appointed Mayor Ed Lee inherit a World Champion baseball team?

Yes.

And didn’t he feel bummed out when nobody cared about him in DC when the San Francisco Giants met Obama a couple years back?

Yes.

And wasn’t that the reason he gave for purportedly changing his mind about running for Mayor and thereby, you know,  betray David Chiu and the unaware members of the BOS ‘n stuff?

Yes.

So why shouldn’t Ed Lee suffer when “his” team loses?

Just asking.

Actually, this ride is operated by a True Fan looking for parking on Masonic:

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And for the benefit of Vanity Googler Christine Falvey, I’d like to say this:

Christine Falvey!

(Oh and check out Time Magazine online about stop and frisk this week. You might learn a thing or two, CV. Or not. Hey how’s that America’s Cup going for you?)