Letters to the Editor

Week of Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Parking, Handicapped

That's the fucking ticket:I was skeptical of the article's title: "Don't Park There" [July 7], figuring it would rip the DPT for its parking policies. But I've known for quite some time (as you apparently have learned through in-the-street research) that the DPT is simply doing its job. They aren't out to try to make a profit by giving tickets.

One piece of advice I would have added for fuckheads who complain about getting parking tickets on their SUVs that take up four fucking parking spaces: Get rid of your car, you lazy fucking fucks!

Dustin White
Mission

To fine, or not to fine:I have a fantasy of working for the DPT and instead of tucking $35 parking tickets beneath the wipers of offending vehicles, leaving Shakespearean sonnets instead. Even though I'd be quickly terminated, wouldn't it be worth it, just to have the city littered with literature?

Jenny Debevec
Mission

Parking OK:I have noticed hundreds of garages that 1) are too small to be used by a car; 2) [are connected to apartments] whose tenants don't have a car; 3) are being used to store things other than a car; 4) have garage doors covered with cobwebs or dirt, indicating they have not been opened in years; 5) have garage doors that are blocked with trash or other debris; 6) have garage doors that have broken hinges or are physically impossible to open; or 7) have garage doors with "no parking" signs that may have been relevant 25 years ago, but now are meaningless because of reasons 1 through 6 above.

In each of these cases, those of us with cars are being deprived of a valuable parking place. Now I want to propose a solution: "Parking OK" signs can be provided and issued by the city. The campaign would encourage property owners and tenants who don't have cars, don't drive, are not using their garages or driveways, etc., to post the signs on their garages.

Now how do you get them to do this? The answer is you have to "give them something" to encourage their cooperation. Here are a few possibilities: 1) a $100- to $300-per-year reduction on their property taxes; 2) free annual or monthly bus passes; 3) free admission to all museums and exhibits; 4) free parking at meters!

Bob Greenspan
Richmond District

Parking great:THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! for the DPT article; been looking for something like this FOREVER! Please forgive me if I passed the article around to my S.F. friends and enemies alike ....

Andrew B.
Merced Heights

SUVs are for assholes, cycles serve the insane:I know those of us that drive motorcycles in this city are in the minority, but how about some inside scoop on DPT policies for us? And here's a question: When I park downtown in a motorcycle space ... I'm only taking up two feet of curb, right? So why is it that my ticket is the same as the asshole in the SUV across the street if my meter expires? (Hey, we all forget sometimes.) And why is parking a motorcycle on the sidewalk, if it's completely out of the way, a $100 fine?

Something tells me if all the motorcycles in the city started parking in spaces meant for cars (which is what DPT says we're supposed to do) there would be a revolt. That said, parking a motorcycle in this town is pretty easy; why else would one be crazy enough to drive them?

Aaron N.
Panhandle

Correction

In the story "Sunset on a Murder" [July 14], the sentence that reads, "[Robert] Ramirez called Jo Jo all day on July 13, 2003, wanting to know when he wanted to go out and start drinking" misstates the date. The correct date is July 11, 2003. SF Weeklyregrets the error.

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