An as-yet unknown number of Mission residents and visitors got an unpleasant surprise yesterday, in the form of a $55 parking ticket. An alert reader sent us the above photo, plus a plaintive message insisting that “Many are used to having these days free for meters and street cleaning. Many can’t afford this, and don’t think they did anything wrong. The city should have warned residents.”
It used to be that only the tourists paid. On holidays that fell during a normal work week, like Memorial Day or Labor Day, the SFMTA would only enforce the parking for the meters at Fisherman’s Wharf – or so says a long-cached version of the SFMTA’s holiday enforcement schedule.
But times have changed. Last fall the SFMTA eliminated its free holiday parking, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Fourth of July only got a pass this year because it fell on a weekend. And the city did issue a press release to announce the changes — it’s just that not many among us habitually read SFMTA press releases.
So be careful out there, car people. Here’s a link to that (current) holiday enforcement schedule. Keep an eye on it.