I wish I had a camera. I was just running over to Great Wall on College to pick up some Chinese take out, though, so I didn’t really think I needed it. I thought I would never find a parking spot over there at that time in the evening, but I had some luck. Right there on 63rd, around the corner from the restaurant, I found an open spot on the street.
But after I parked, I saw something that made me pause for a second. On the pole next to my passenger side window, there was a sign that said something about a $48 ticket. When I got out of the car I took a closer look.
The sign said basically that $48 parking tickets would be issued in that area that day between 12:30 and 3:30. Since it was closer to 6, I knew I didn’t have anything to worry about. The sign also said check the posting. That’s when I noticed the cities posted “No Parking” sign. Street cleaning is obviously from 12:30 to 3:30, but only the second Monday of the month. Do you have to carry a calender around to know which Monday it is in order to park legally in Oakland?
Apparently not, because when I looked around, I realized that it wasn’t the only sign. Someone wanted to make sure that everyone knew not to park on that section of 63rd today. My first thought was, “What an awesome neighbor!” My second thought was, “They’re doing a good job of depriving the city of revenue.” What was the motivation behind the signs? Maybe it was both. Either way, I thought it was pretty cool.