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Ten eyck california landscape designers like to call themselves The Eyecatcher, and for the most part, we can be happy to stand behind their work.

But there are certain things we simply cannot ignore. As soon as we caught wind that there was a major problem in the California city of San Francisco with its parking lot lights, we simply had to look into the matter. And the good news is, the City of San Francisco's problem is no longer an issue.

So just what is this issue about and why is it so bad?

Back in May, the City of San Francisco and one of its largest parking operators were in the middle of negotiations regarding the city's $500 million parking lease agreement and the agreement's proposed $20 million annual payment to ParkMobile, a company that provides mobile on-demand parking spaces to large groups of people. A month later, ParkMobile is facing closure, and on June 11, city officials officially voted to not renew the company's contract.

As the deal with ParkMobile was coming to an end, the city council had been hearing several complaints from residents regarding the problem of poor lighting at one of its parking lots.

The problem was actually so bad that the city was forced to take down its official city Twitter account, and we can only assume that all of those complaints were going to be on Twitter as well.

The City of San Francisco parking operator, DDC, was actually one of the primary concerns behind the city's shutdown of ParkMobile. The two companies were supposed to be partners, with DDC and ParkMobile being tasked with ensuring that the city's public parking lots are bright and clearly seen from the outside.

In case you need a refresher on how these kinds of contracts work, it's like this. DDC is tasked with operating, maintaining, and operating maintenance of the city's hundreds of public parking lots, which are often located in the most desirable areas in the city. It is an important job, with thousands of city employees tasked with keeping the city's public spaces clean, and providing services to the public.

In exchange for the city paying DDC a $20 million annual contract, the city guarantees that parking spaces will be available for the city's most desirable residents. So, in this deal, ParkMobile was supposed to be responsible for making sure that the spaces in the lots they maintain are in good shape, so people know where to find them.

And, as some of the city's residents have complained, that just hasn't happened. The public spaces they oversee are often difficult to find, and there is not a single public park in the city with good lighting. This problem has been going on for years, but it is only recently that city officials have been forced to confront the problem head on.

Now, ParkMobile has had to spend all of its time and energy dealing with the problem of maintaining its contract. That is why it has now missed its quarterly deadline to pay the city's parking lot operators. And it has now missed its second deadline, to pay the outstanding parking fines for all its non-performing lots. The result: the city has filed a lawsuit against ParkMobile.

The city isn't suing DDC, however. As a city agency, it is legally permitted to enter into agreements like this one. The lawsuit is really against ParkMobile, because the city needs to recover the money it spent paying the parking lot operators.

However, even though ParkMobile is a for-profit company, the law also permits a city to sue an individual entity. This is because companies and other organizations that have contracts with a city have no legal rights to enter into their own contracts. This means that ParkMobile has no legal right to enter into a contract with a city, so it can be sued just like a private company would be.

As some companies have pointed out, this means that a city is powerless to recover money it has paid to an organization that has failed to pay its parking fines.

But how much has DDC been able to recover for the city so far? After all, DDC has spent close to $50,000 in legal fees. It has hired an outside attorney, an outside investigator, and the city’s chief administrative officer to handle the case.

The good news is that a judge has ordered that the city be given up to 90 days to bring the outstanding penalties in the lawsuit up to date. This means that the city will be able to recoup its legal fees and other costs in the meantime.

On Friday, Mayor Greg Stanton said he believed that the city will be able to recover at least some of its parking fines. He made clear, however, that the city does not want to have to sue any more people.

And because the city's lawsuit is against ParkMobile, DDC has little to lose by settling. Indeed, as the head of DDC put it in the city’s statement, “the city could be a little safer financially if they paid out in the future.”

If the city settles with ParkMobile, it may also settle other outstanding fines in a separate lawsuit brought by the same attorneys.

The suit accuses DDC of using unfair and deceptive trade practices. It says that DDC failed to disclose that ParkMobile is operating a commercial enterprise, and not just a “personal service.”

What is a "personal service" business? If an individual enters into a contract with a city, he or she would be considered in a "personal service" business.

In contrast, a commercial enterprise is not considered in a personal service business. Instead, it can use its own contract with the city to enter into its own service agreements. The city would then have a direct financial interest in the business.

In other words, DDC is accusing ParkMobile of operating like a mini-city. In the end, the city agreed with this characterization when it said it is not seeking damages, but merely wants to ensure ParkMobile is not able to exploit the loophole and do the same thing again.

If there is any good news to be found here, it is that the city will be able to get the money owed to it – no matter how many times people fail to pay the parking fines.

For some cities, this could be a large amount. According to the American City Business Journals, the fine for a 24-hour violation can be up to $500.

Downtown Denver, where ParkMobile is based, has a similar system. The Denver Post reported in December that it charges parking owners up to $300 in fines for each time their car is towed.

According to the newspaper, the city has made more than $17 million in towing revenue since it started towing illegally parked vehicles in 2007. The revenue is made by parking lot owners and shared by the towing company.


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