San Francisco parking app refuses shut-down order

June 27, 2014

The company behind an app that allows San Francisco drivers to get paid for the public parking spaces they exit is rejecting an order from the city attorney to stop its operations.

MonkeyParking CEO Paolo Dobrowolny said Friday that City Attorney Dennis Herrera is misapplying a police code that prohibits the sale or lease of San Francisco's streets.

Dobrowolny says MonkeyParking doesn't sell parking spots, but convenience. He cites freedom of speech, saying people have the right to tell others they're leaving a parking spot and get paid for it.

Herrera sent a letter to the Italy-based company Monday saying city code prevents the sale or lease of city streets.

Herrera spokesman Matt Dorsey says in a statement that Dobrowolny is making an argument akin to a prostitute saying she isn't selling sex, just information about her willingness to have sex.

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not rated yet Jun 27, 2014
Good analogy Matt, I'm thinking about building an app that lets johns get payed for letting other johns know when and where they're dropping off their hookers!

One question though. Is it legal to have sex in a public parking space?
not rated yet Jun 28, 2014
HAHAHAHAHAHA!! Good one, Dan! As far as content, though, I'm ... what do I think ... I think there's a win-win in there, somewhere, and that cities and web developers should really be working together. It reminds me of how there are a ton of accidents at both ends of my block, and instead of signs or traffic lights, they have police sit in ambush spots just every so often, which I'm not sure is effective. Good luck SF!

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