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Parking App Defies S.F. Shutdown Order

June 27, 2014

Associated Press

MonkeyParking is defying an order from the San Francisco city attorney to stop its operations (MonkeyParking screenshot)
MonkeyParking is defying an order from the San Francisco city attorney to stop its operations (MonkeyParking screenshot)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The company behind an app that allows drivers to get paid for public parking spaces in San Francisco is rejecting an order from the city attorney to stop its operations.

MonkeyParking CEO Paolo Dobrowolny says in a statement that City Attorney Dennis Herrera's letter violates free speech. Dobrowolny says people have the right to tell others if they're about to leave a parking spot and get paid for the information.

The statement was reported by the San Francisco Chronicle Thursday (http://bit.ly/1nPtLfK ).

Herrera issued a letter to the company this week saying the city's police code prevented the sale or lease of city streets.

Herrera spokesman Matt Dorsey said Dobrowolny was 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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Original headline: San Francisco parking app refuses shut down order


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