Slim Pickings for Parking
Fees and Fines Add Up for Gators
September 8, 2004 10:37 AM
Now that the first two weeks of classes are out of the way, the stress level of SF State students should have leveled off. After all, those little white add stickers of mercy have all been handed out, so students pretty much know what their schedule is for the semester.
However, for those who drive to school, there lingers that annoying and unavoidable ritual of desperately searching for a parking space on or as close to campus as possible.
Parking spaces are slim pickings, particularly for those whose classes commence in the early morning hours between eight and ten.
This dreaded hunt for car space can add hours to a student’s weekly class schedule.
"I leave home an hour before my classes start because I know I have to find parking," said senior accounting student Mitchell Young, who ventures to SF State three days a week.
"I still have classes today,” said Fayola Welsh, a junior business student who left home forty minutes early to find a parking spot on the corner of Arellano and Holloway Avenues. “But I have to move my car from this spot so I don’t get a ticket."
The students are not the only ones suffering from the lack of parking spaces. Residents also have their complaints.
"I live here, and I can’t find a spot," said Arellano Avenue resident Robert Martinez. "Sometimes I have to park half a mile from my house because students park on these streets from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. everyday."
On average, a single officer can write over fifty parking citations per day.
One officer, who wished not to have his name printed, said he has heard every excuse in the book.
"If they are nice, I won’t give them a ticket," said the officer, as he filled out a $35 citation for a silver Honda Accord on Tapia Drive. "But I threaten to give them a ticket next time."
The other parking option to SF State students is Lot 20. The four level parking structure built in 1962 can host 1,548 cars, and is part of the main campus. It costs $1 per hour or $5 per day to park.
Some students complain of the lack of security in the dark lower levels of Lot 20.
"I never see security in the garage,” said Katrina Pangilinan, an undeclared sophomore. “The only people I see are the guys who walk around checking to make sure you have a permit in your window."
Schwartz countered by noting that Campus police patrol all of the parking structures 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. And if students do not feel safe for any reason, they should call Campus Alliance for a Risk-free Environment (C.A.R.E.) at 415-388-7200 for an immediate escort from their car to class, or from class to their car. This service is free of charge, and offered on an unlimited basis.
The consequences of a parking violation in one of the campus parking lots are more costly than the punishment from the SFDPT.
"On average, 7,500 parking citations are issued per semester," said Schwartz.
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