How "The City That Knows How" treats visitors
From the SF Chronicle's Letters to the Editor, July 9, 2010:
Parking "gotcha" in S.F.
On Monday, Independence Day, I came into the city to have lunch with a friend. It being a city, county and federal holiday, I didn't put money in the meter. But when I came out, I had received a parking meter citation, as had everyone on the block.
Researching this online, I eventually found indeed that, while Monday was a holiday for the entire rest of the nation, it was not for San Francisco parking enforcement.
How deceitful and how petty.
Does San Francisco want to be known as the Insidious City, where one has to research to make sure that today there's not some variance from legal precedent?
I'll feel a little safer spending my dollars closer to home next time.
Mayor Gavin Newsom should consider an amnesty for Gotcha Day and instruct the Department of Parking and Traffic to adhere in the future to the holiday schedule the rest of the country is on.