SAN FRANCISCO– A San Francisco man is fighting a parking ticket in a red zone after the sidewalk was painted red while his car was parked there.
Desiree and Jeff Jolly have lived in the city for decades and know the challenges of finding a parking space in their neighborhood of Russian Hill.
But there is a space at the corner of Larkin and Union streets that has always been their favorite spot.
“Well yeah, every time it’s open I’ve parked here for 25 years,” Jeff said.
But what happened to the pair a week ago was a first.
“We got out and were walking from the store, and I noticed the ticket on my car,” Desiree said. On closer inspection, on the windshield of her Honda sedan was a $180 fine for parking in a red zone – one that Desiree and Jeff said was not there when she pulled over. is parked days ago…or years ago.
“If it was justified, I don’t have a problem with it, but it seems unfair to me,” she said.
“The red stripe is there, where it wasn’t before, and they had the nerve to go around my tire,” she described, pointing out a small spot the city paint shop missed. when they avoided painting the Honda’s tire.
It’s a funny detail for Jeff who is a painter by trade.
“I saw that and I even have painter friends who say it was a bad job. They missed a spot,” he laughed.
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ABC7 News, our sister station in San Francisco, spoke with Erica Kato, spokesperson for SFMTA, who confirms the ticket is for a red zone violation. But in an interesting twist, it’s not for the newly painted red stripe. Violation is for parking in an old washout.
SFMTA provided a photo of the faded red zone parking spot to illustrate that the red zone previously existed. Although the sidewalk in the image has red dots, they are very faint.
SFMTA also provided ABC7 News with the service request to repaint the tape and an image showing how worn the red paint was.
ABC7 News examined this same location using street view imagery from Google Maps, and in several clear photos from 2016 and 2021, the red paint on the sidewalk appears to have faded completely, so the sidewalk looks completely gray.
Because the couple disputed the ticket, SFMTA tells ABC7 News it’s up to the citation clerk to determine what happens next. It could be applied or rejected. This is a process that can take up to 60 days.
“I’m going through chemotherapy right now so it’s like I was worried about other things and now I have to worry about this,” Desiree said.
Jeff and Desiree said that after all the challenges of city life lately, including another vehicle-related drama where Jeff had a catalytic converter stolen, this might be their last straw.
“We want to leave because of everything that’s going on in the city,” Jeff said.
They plan to say “hello” to moving to France in the future.
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