SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A Rome-based startup, whose users auction off public parking spaces via an iPhone app is refusing to halt operations in San Francisco, despite an order from the city attorney’s office.
In a statement released Thursday, Monkey Parking’s CEO Paolo Dobrowolny criticized the order from City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s office, according to SFGate.
“I have the right to tell people if I am about to leave a parking spot, and they have the right to pay me for such information,” Dobrowolny said in the statement.
Herrera’s office issued the order Monday to cease-and-desist Monkey Parking operations in San Francisco.
Herrera also sent a request to the legal department of Apple Inc. to immediately remove the mobile application from its App Store because Herrera said it violates Apple’s own guidelines on legal requirements for apps.
Parking Monkey is just one of several parking apps that have come to the attention of the city attorney’s office. ParkModo is another startup that could receive a cease-and-desist order.
ParkModo is reportedly planning to pay drivers $13 an hour to fill parking spaces in the Mission District, essentially saving them to auction off to paying members.