SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A new report ranks San Francisco’s parking meter rates and fines among the highest in the country.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the survey—prepared by the Board of Supervisors’ legislative analyst—found among major U.S. cities only Chicago and Los Angeles charge more than San Francisco to park at a downtown meter.

Outside of the downtown area, San Francisco’s rates are the highest.

The report was requested by Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier and looked at parking rates and fines in cities including Boston, Oakland, San Jose, Seattle, Philadelphia, Washington and New York.

It found San Francisco matched New York for the highest meter fine — $65 in the downtown area.

Alioto-Pier says the report shows San Francisco is “nickel-and-diming people to death.” She plans to call a hearing on the topic.

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Comments (11)
  1. McD says:

    San Francisco ripping people off…WOWOWOW that’s news?????

  2. Mr Merciless says:

    San Francisco always did like bending you over and giving it to you in the…..
    That’s why I never go there.

  3. tn says:

    SF- highest parking rates? Lowest grade for road surface conditions (potholes). Lowest grades for education. Among the highest state tax (9.5%-9.75%). While the city/state is “broke” and the city’s physical conditions are deteriorating (exept for AT&T Park area) where (who?) is all this money and taxes going?

  4. tn says:

    Yes, we are getting Califoricated in the arse, yet again.

  5. Pauline says:

    I fed the meter for 120 mins and only get 110 minutes. I used to be able to park for free in my residential area, now they installed meters. Citizens of SF, don’t be surprised to wake up one day and find a meter ON your drive way, enforced 24/7. And the meter maids… Don’t get me started on the meter maids.

  6. Greg says:

    Yep, me too. I only go into SF when I absolutely have to because parking there is such a nightmare.

  7. Alamedian says:

    Why do people live there? Can’t they move? Can’t the suffer in silence? Vote democrat!

  8. Mike says:

    San Francisco is a great place to live/visit and a horrible place to drive/park.

    Instead of refusing to live/visit here you could just stop driving. Think about it.

  9. Taylor says:

    I agree with Mike, it’s a great place to visit! Parking is way to hectic.

  10. norcalbear says:

    I suggest,,, all tourist dont come to sf.. its borring.. no fun… just dont come,, youl be happy,,,, the waves suck, food sucks,, parking sucks,,,, just dont come,, Thanks for not visiting s.f…. stay in fresno,, its warmer!

  11. leonard says:

    People wake up! Why come to San Francisco? Why? People stop spending your money here. This city is not family freindly,a very toxic envoirment for most people.
    Buy outside of San Francisco,this is a way of getting the city Goverment to hear us. WE are being taxed to death.

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