Thursday, September 29, 2011

Life in "Progress" City - San Francisco edition

From the Golden Gate city..........
“If you are going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.” So goes the hit song from 1967 that painted the city as a mecca of openness and freedom. Today, however, the lyrics might go something like this: “If you are going to San Francisco, be sure to have lots of coins in your pocket and don’t violate any traffic rules, or else: fines, fines, fines.”

Not so poetic, admittedly, nor pretty. But neither are the heavy fines and ticketing efforts that are being waged here due to the budget crisis in a drawn-out recession.

Take parking violations. Already among the highest in the nation, proposals are in the works for a $3 increase on parking violations, making a parking ticket a whopping $68. Street cleaning parking violations could soon put you back $58. But if you parked at a handicap zone without a permit or at a bus loading area, you might as well give up your car. It will set you back $976.

Moving violation fines are also quite steep. Run a red light and it will cost you $436, up from $381 in 2008. If you didn’t come to a full stop at a stop sign? That’ll be $214.

What's that saying..... "a government so big that it can give you anything is big enough to take it away....."


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