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$30 Dog Walk

Tuesday, February 4th, 2003 · 1 Comment

I now know all too well that street cleaning on Judah St. where I live is Tuesday and Friday mornings from 7-8am. Last night I got a great parking spot in the neighboring building’s driveway (owned by same owner of my building and first-come, first-serve parking) and only half-noticed this morning while leaving for a walk with the dogs that my car seemed to be the only one on my block. Of course, I didn’t think much of it at that point.

When I returned from my jaunt with the dogs to Golden Gate Park, I had received a street-cleaning parking ticket: $30.

This after being amidst many hoops required for getting a residential parking permit. Yesterday morning I had to fork over 20 bucks for a temporary one that expires in a month since I don’t yet have my new address on my car’s registration. I learned later in the day yesterday that I will need to visit the DMV in person and pay 7 bucks for a registration document with my new address on it (simply sending in a change-of-address form isn’t good enough if you don’t also send in DMV Form 156). So after I get that, I’ll then need to mail in a copy and another 27 bucks for my residential parking permit that’s only good through the end of November. All this so that I can park for more than 2 hours at a time in my neighborhood on weekdays from 8am to 6pm. This is key for when I work from home, but still doesn’t guarantee parking.

Ah, city life. I still love it.

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  • 1 mbi // Feb 4, 2003 at 9:20 am

    The only thing that saves us from bureaucracy is inefficiency An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.
    — Eugene McCarthy