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June 24, 2014

San Francisco tells app firm to stop auctioning parking spots

  • The city says it is a safety hazard for drivers to engage in online parking bidding wars while behind the wheel.
    Associated Press

    SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco's city attorney issued a cease-and-desist demand Monday to a mobile app called Monkey Parking, which allows people to auction public parking spaces that they're using to other nearby drivers.

    In a letter to Paolo Dobrowolny, the CEO of the Rome, Italy-based tech startup, city attorney Dennis Herrera cited a provision in San Francisco's police code that prohibits people and companies from buying, selling or leasing public on-street parking and mandates fees of up to $300 for drivers who violate the law.

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