Becca Derenthal parked her car, above, at a spot that was not painted red at the time. When she returned from a trip, she saw the SFMTA had painted the curb red. (Courtesy Becca Derenthal)

Becca Derenthal parked her car, above, at a spot that was not painted red at the time. When she returned from a trip, she saw the SFMTA had painted the curb red. (Courtesy Becca Derenthal)

Woman alleges SF painted new red zone where her car was parked, then issued ticket

Most San Francisco drivers have a painful parking story to tell. But one woman’s parking complaint takes the cake.

Becca Derenthal, a San Francisco resident, alleges The City painted a red zone where her car was parked at Lombard and Franklin streets in July — then ticketed her for parking in that new red zone.

Derenthal said she went out of town for business and, before she left, “found a parking spot that was not painted red at the time and would allow me to park there until I returned without running into any street cleaning issues.”

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency confirmed Derenthal was ticketed under transportation code 7.2.25, a red zone violation.

SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose said the curb was painted in July. “We have records going back to July saying [the curb] was red.” He added, however, “Our policy is not to cite someone at a newly painted red curb.”

Photos that Derenthal took of the curb, posted to online news forum Reddit this week, show red paint on the curb with a small spot left unpainted where her car’s wheel touched the sidewalk — as if a courteous painter wanted to avoid splashing paint on her tire.

“The paint was so fresh there were flecks of paint on the leaves in the gutter,” which is visible in the photos, Derenthal said.

Derenthal plans to protest the $110 ticket. “So sick of SFMTA hitting me with ridiculous penalties like this,” she wrote in an email to the San Francisco Examiner.parking ticketsSan Francisco Municipal Tranportation AgencySFMTATransit

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