New SF Mayor Lee Hesitant to Increase Parking Meter Fines

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Interim San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

Interim San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. (SF Gov)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco’s recently-appointed mayor hasn’t ruled out the possibility of hiking the amount of parking-meter fines but has some important questions before making any commitments.

Fines in San Francisco range from $55 to 65.

“We’re already the highest. If you recognize that we’re already the highest, possibly in the whole country, what are we doing to ourselves,” Lee observed about the city’s fines.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

Parking control officers are being redeployed to write more tickets after the Municipal Transportation Agency revealed that parking-ticket revenue is falling about $7 million short of expectations.

But Lee says he doesn’t like the punitive way of doing government.

The new mayor said he wants to strike a balance when it comes to parking enforcement.

“Are the parking control officers out there doing the best they can in terms of being efficient and not being punitive,” Lee asked rhetorically.

Lee also says he wants to expand the use of new credit-card meters.

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