MONEY GRUBBING SAN FRANCISCO FINES COUPLE $1,542 FOR PARKING AT HOME
San Francisco is one of the most expensive places to live in the United States. And a new city ordinance is making it even more so, for people who have lived there for generations! The new rule literally bans people from parking their cars in front of their own homes. That sounds like a joke but it isn’t. Parking, it seems, has become an incredible nightmare in the city and this new rule is supposed to “help.” But it seems more like a way for the city to make money, as they fined one couple $1,542 for parking on their own property. It’s only the spot they’ve used for 36 years!
WITH NEW RULE, COUPLE HAD TO PROVE “HISTORICAL USE” BUT CITY REJECTED ALL EVIDENCE
Even worse, the city promised to fine them an additional $250 every day they continued to park there. But the couple, Judy and Ed Craine, had one possible way to get the fine waived. They just had to prove that the spot had “historical” use as a parking spot. At least, that’s what the city of San Francisco said. So the Craines couple found a 34-year-old picture of their daughter in her car, parked in the same spot. Nah, said San Francisco. That picture is way too recent. No, really, they did! So the Craines decided to do some historic research to satisfy the crazy, money hungry city. And they found a picture of a horse-drawn buggy in the same spot. You know, before cars?
NOW, SAN FRANCISCO TELLS COUPLE TO BUILD GARAGE OR CARPORT TO PARK LEGALLY
Well, still no, said the city of San Francisco. And why? Because the picture wasn’t clear enough! So here we have long-term residents of the city who have parked in front of their very same home for decades across at least two generations. And now, the city fines them for this? And then plays bureaucratic hobgoblin about their own exception rules? But then doesn’t offer any alternative options or recommendations? This is pretty ugly stuff for residents! The city did, at least close the case after the couple stopped using their historic parking spot. And then, the city offered to final nail in the insulting coffin.
Sure, they can still park there! They just have to build a covered carport or garage!