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Re: “Carma app offers rebate for carpoolers on Bay Bridge

Have been using Carma in the Bay Area for a while and it's great to see the carpooling community you can connect with using the app! If you don't have the app yet, it's a free download: https://carmacarpool.com

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Posted by Brant Arthur on 09/23/2014 at 10:09 AM

Re: “How a $900 parking citation became a $25,000 federal lawsuit against SF

I'm laughing at all the people that think you need to look busted up in a wheelchair to earn your placard. Yes there are fakes but there are plenty of people that have legit medical illness that constitutes a placard. Do before you talk shit about someone having one ask them what there illness is instead of judging. Or they could have obtained it from a crooked doctor they paid off which happens. It's not just wheel bound people that can get a placard. Severe cancer patients who are slow walking mobily, heart issues, many play into factor. So get mad at illegal placard holders and stop assuming someone looks healthy you morons

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Posted by @donna on 09/23/2014 at 5:38 AM

Re: “How a $900 parking citation became a $25,000 federal lawsuit against SF

@donna. Your wrong! They were talking about the crooked doctors who indeed are the ones that can make the decision of getting a blue placard card. This has been going on for years and many doctors have been caught. Just like some crooked doctors write prescriptions they are not supposed to. Shrimp sauce was talking about the crooked doctors and yes that does happen. DMV normally investigates that and they have busted many doctors.

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Posted by @donna on 09/23/2014 at 5:32 AM

Re: “How a $900 parking citation became a $25,000 federal lawsuit against SF

I'm sick of seeing blue placard vehicles parked at a meter for the entire day while the 'supposed disabled' is on the job at work with a personalized valet parking spot. It infuriates me to see the same BMW M class vehicle with manual transmission (clutch) occupying a meter when I visit a local produce market in the West Portal district. This is blue placard HQ heaven where at least a third of the meters are personalized disabled parking ... pickup trucks, SUV's, and the aforementioned performance vehicles. Obviously, the state is not cooperating with the city to crackdown on the scofflaws and the bogus licensing of disabled applicants. Anyone who has a medical pot card has a good chance of getting one of these blue privileges. Enough is enough ... stop the chicanery and have a permanent team to do sting operations throughout the city. As for Muni, it is too big, especially with the managerial and commission incompetence it has demonstrated for the past year. Has anyone not been repulsed by the filth and scum on the stairs to the underground Metro .... unbelievable! Those stairs haven't been touched for months, if not years ... totally disgusting and inexcusable. Now these incompetents want to rip us off even more with the November Prop's. I say absolutely NO, not until Muni can demonstrate it can handle its very basic responsibilities in serving the public. Breakup the Muni mafia, no more money, no more taxes.

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Posted by Guest on 09/23/2014 at 1:45 AM

Re: “How a $900 parking citation became a $25,000 federal lawsuit against SF

The left's war on disabled women.

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Posted by Hugh Janus on 09/22/2014 at 5:09 PM

Re: “How a $900 parking citation became a $25,000 federal lawsuit against SF

SFMTA is grasping for any reason to issue tickets to disabled placard holders. I have had two ticket dismissed because of overzelous meter maids issuing my car with a placard tickets, and then I got a disabled plate. Later, when I was a week late in putting the new sticker on my plate, I got another ticket. I appealed, showing them that I had forgotten to apply the sticker. I lost the appeal and paid the fine. SFMTA said the ticket was issued in good faith, so I had to pay the fine.

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Posted by CK on 09/22/2014 at 2:15 PM

Re: “How a $900 parking citation became a $25,000 federal lawsuit against SF

San Francisco people deserve all the government they voted for. I hope it becomes more oppressive. You just don't understand you are a slave to their values. You don't deserve a car. You don't deserve private housing. You don't deserve the money you earn. It is a privilege to be in our city. Knee down before those who rule you.

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Posted by rellik on 09/22/2014 at 2:10 PM

Re: “How a $900 parking citation became a $25,000 federal lawsuit against SF

BOYCOTT SF.

I have and i don't miss it.

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Posted by Dipstick on 09/22/2014 at 10:39 AM

Re: “How a $900 parking citation became a $25,000 federal lawsuit against SF

Last year the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA) collected over $11 Million Dollars enforcing parking meters on Sundays.

During this time the Interfaith Community provides NO COST social services to thousands of San Francisco residents, staffing shelters, operating soup kitchens, supplying home delivered meals, providing addiction, counseling, and other health related services.

City Hall now wants to RAISE OUR TAXES AND RENTS to give the SFMTA another Billion Dollars. That just doesn't seem right or fair. In November you can give the MTA another Billion dollars or you can VOTE NO on PROPS A&B.

Learn more at http://www.sfpark.info/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/Godless_-_Copy_2.25890236_std.jpg

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Posted by sfpark_ripoff on 09/22/2014 at 10:25 AM

Re: “How a $900 parking citation became a $25,000 federal lawsuit against SF

Federal law is written in such a manner that when a handicapped person is descriminated against they have to go to federal court to get their rights enforced. You all well know federal law trumps state and local law so the suit is appropriate in this case.

SFMTA needs to be abolished for a myriad of reasons. They cannot get MUNI to meet voter approved standards but are likely to put their money into bike lanes rather than fixing MUNI as a major example. I'm hopeful the US Attoreney for San Francisco takes a hard look at their operation which is domestic racketeering at the public's expense.

Keep in mind MTA is a commission those sticking it to us are not even elected. I say jail the lot of them. If the US Attrorney will go after SFPD for civil rights violations (several officers are under prosecution for this) then do the same with the MTA cads...

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Posted by KMA 438 on 09/22/2014 at 10:19 AM

Re: “How a $900 parking citation became a $25,000 federal lawsuit against SF

SFTMA should dissappear because they are very abusive, sometime they give ticket for no apparent reason. At the review center they are so bad even if you have a good cause to proof it they don't care they are there just to money for the city also they make you pay it before you go to see them inside the office but they make you believe is a deposit you are making before you see them which is big lie. The law suit must be a class action against sftma . Enough is enogh.

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Posted by SF resident on 09/22/2014 at 9:50 AM

Re: “How a $900 parking citation became a $25,000 federal lawsuit against SF

@ shrimpsauce - Doctors do not make any money on handing out disability placards. Doctors fill out the form the patient brings to them and the doctor states what the disability is. The diagnosis is recorded in the patients medical record. It is the DMV who hands out the form along with a fee.

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Posted by Donna on 09/22/2014 at 9:38 AM

Re: “How a $900 parking citation became a $25,000 federal lawsuit against SF

Bless those unionized meter maids.

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Posted by Janet Wood on 09/22/2014 at 9:32 AM

Re: “How a $900 parking citation became a $25,000 federal lawsuit against SF

A couple is filing a purely retaliatory federal lawsuit just because they feel 'others have been unlawfully cited' and all you morons can do is egg them on, thinking this is justice? Go ahead judge, award them the full amount. Then these idiots will wonder why the SFMTA operates in the red.

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Posted by Waah I hate paying for parking on 09/22/2014 at 9:31 AM

Re: “How a $900 parking citation became a $25,000 federal lawsuit against SF

What they really need is the smoking gun. Internal memos, email, directive specifically from management to the revenue agents (police and meter people) directing them to maximize revenue for every petty infraction they can.

Quotes are illegal but everyone know the city has a quote system and encourage the ticketing, under the guise of enforcement.

The harrassment and shaking down of citizens is shameful.

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Posted by ben johner on 09/22/2014 at 9:13 AM

Re: “How a $900 parking citation became a $25,000 federal lawsuit against SF

"It is important to remember there are administrative options available to anyone wishing to contest a parking citation without the need to file a federal lawsuit," Rose said.


This is exactly the point - a federal lawsuit is completely in order. SFMTA is nothing more than a collection leeches on society who purposely put into place the "administrative options" to make it difficult to appeal SFMTA practices.

Reminds me of the time I got a ticket for my car illegally parked in a handicap space. It was impossible as I had proof my car was across town at the same exact time the ticket was written. Two days of "administrative options" and I finally got the ticket over turned. But it was two days of my time for their unethical ticket writing practices.

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Posted by This is awesome! on 09/22/2014 at 9:04 AM

Re: “How a $900 parking citation became a $25,000 federal lawsuit against SF

Sfmta is a racket run by fascists. Finally someone is suing them; 25,000 is not enough - how about a class action suit?

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Posted by reader dude on 09/22/2014 at 6:10 AM

Re: “How a $900 parking citation became a $25,000 federal lawsuit against SF

@tyrone - some people might "look fit" but have a severe disability you jackhole. That's not to say some probably are not disabled and have illegally squired a placard. How about holding the doctors responsible who make a little pocket money for illegally handing these out. That is who should be punished. The city and DMV need to crack down on the crooked doctors issuing these to those that don't need them.

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Posted by shrimpsauce on 09/22/2014 at 5:34 AM

Re: “How a $900 parking citation became a $25,000 federal lawsuit against SF

As a long term resident of SF, I have seen innumerable young, fit and healthy people jumping out of cars, sticking a Disabled Card on their dashboard and heading to the nearest Starbucks/mall.

I find it DISGUSTING and REPULSIVE that they get away with it

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Posted by Tyrone Sequeira on 09/21/2014 at 11:34 PM

Re: “How a $900 parking citation became a $25,000 federal lawsuit against SF

This is a Due Process matter and "will be accepted" by the Federal Court. The Disable Card holder complied with the City Laws, and SFMTA punished them for no compelling reason. They have exhausted their remedies by bringing the illegal ticket to the attention of SFMTA. The Handicap Card Holder sought to get the $880 ticket reduced. "The plaintiffs filed a petition for review with the SFMTA in March and were denied, and the fine was increased to $908, with "additional illegal threats of Mr. White losing his driving privileges, forfeiture of his vehicle, legal action against him and garnishing of his wages," according to the lawsuit." SFMTA cannot show that their actions were lawful and have not denied their bad behavior. Ticket writers are forced to "produce" fill ticket quotas which is illegal often writing bogus tickets. SFMTA is a money generator and providing clean, timely safe transportation is secondary. SFMTA priorities deprive the traveling public Due Process of Law, by extracting illegal fines without notice to do so.

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Posted by Fareed on 09/21/2014 at 10:54 PM

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