World-Class Suckage in San Francisco
This post is dark and bitter: you have been warned. It was supposed to be cheerful, with wonderful pictures of San Franciscans enjoying the bonfires at Ocean Beach. Instead you’ll read about yet another kick in the seat of the pants. Sorry.
The city of San Francisco aggressively enforces the closure of the public parking lots at Ocean Beach. Okay, you say, at 3 am on a Saturday night? 2 am? No; get this: 10 pm!
That’s right, this “world class” city shuts down your ability to hang out at 10 pm. Shameful.
Three or four police cars cruising up and down the parking lot, threatening a $76 ticket for cars not moved. Great use of resources, but that’s not my point at this moment. We chatted with one of the officers (while his dog kept barking and smashing his face into the rear window; impressive). This is how the conversation went:
Me: You guys are shutting down the beach at 10 pm?
Officer: Oh, no. The beach is open. It’s the parking lot that’s closed.
Me: (trying to figure out why the parking lot needs to be closed, to save it for tomorrow?) Uh, okay, well, where can we park near-by?
Officer: I can’t really advise you on that. (Seeing my face of “uh, you can’t get help from a police officer these days”, he tried to help.) There’s no legal parking anywhere around here.
Me: So what you’re telling me, if I understand you, is that the beach is open, and my children and I may enjoy the bonfires, but we can’t park the care here, nor anywhere near-by, nor anywhere in this area at all?
What a sad state of affairs. How low have we come when we have to deal with such a pointless Catch-22? What could possibly be in the public interest to close a parking lot at such an early hour?
It’s yet another thing which makes us look foolish, as a city. This is the best we can do? Sigh.