San Francisco fines couple for parking car in own driveway

SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco pair that parked their automobile for a long time on a paved portion of their assets in entrance of their dwelling has been banned from performing so except they want to danger steep fines.

KGO-Television set claimed Monday that metropolis officials sent a letter to Judy and Ed Craine telling them they can not park on the pavement on their residence on a hilly avenue even while they have for 36 yrs. With the letter came a detect of a $1,542 high-quality and the threat of a $250-a-day rate for ongoing parking on their assets.

“To all of a sudden to be told you simply cannot use a thing that we could use for decades, it’s startling,” Ed Craine explained.

Dan Sider, the city’s preparing main, claimed a a long time-outdated city code to maintain community aesthetics prohibits citizens from amassing cars and trucks in their yards. Officials appeared into the difficulty at the Craines’ property immediately after getting an nameless grievance.

“I identify that the assets operator is discouraged. I think I would come to feel the identical way in their predicament,” Sider mentioned. “But the Planning Code isn’t going to allow for for the Metropolis to grandfather unlawful utilizes on account of their obtaining flown beneath the radar for a duration of time.”

The Craines tried using to obtain a photograph showing the place had been very long applied for parking. A blurry aerial shot from the 1930s was not crystal clear ample for planning officers, and a 34-12 months-old picture the couple offered was deemed also latest.

“Why are you taking absent one thing that has terrific utility, not just for us, but for our neighbors in phrases of far more parking spaces?” Ed Craine stated.

The town ended up tossing the fines following the few agreed to end parking on the pavement. If the Craines make a go over for the paved property or a garage, officials claimed they can resume parking on it — in compliance with town code.