Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Gov 1.0 vs. Gov 2.0

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Supervisor David Chiu is asking the City Attorney to draft legislation mandating the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Department of Public Works to create an “automated towing notification service,” so drivers know when they’re in a temporary or permanent tow away zone. The city tows roughly 150 – 160 cars a day, costing each San Franciscan roughly $450 a pop. Our Reset team even interviewed some of these individuals earlier this year. Watch the YouTube video here.

Like we mentioned earlier, it is so Gov 1.0 to “call” for something to something to happen – especially during the election season, but it is Gov 2.0 to actually make it happen now.

Phil Ting’s Reset San Francisco is about tapping into the innovation and creativity of San Franciscans and about empowering them to get involved. We’re already taking the initiative to make things happen, like partnering with California Common Sense to create a more open and transparent city government.

Create The City’s Tow Smartphone App, Win $1000

That’s why we’re announcing our Tow No More Smartphone App Contest. The first individual or team that creates an app that (1) includes a map of tow away zones in the city and (2) provides real time information that using the city’s data will be awarded $1000. [See guidelines and best practices here.]

The city released an app earlier this year called SFPark, which helps drivers to stop circling and start parking. And although this app has received positive feedback, it took two years and cost millions to implement.

[How can we make San Francisco city government work better for all of us? Sign up for the Reset SF Newsletter to learn more.]

Part of Government 2.0 is using technology to make the city faster, smarter and more effective. And if we can tap into our innovative community, then we can work together to create something faster and cheaper – without mandating City Hall to tackle more projects that taxpayers probably can’t afford.

Supervisor Chiu is a friend of ours – and we think he is one of the very best champions of innovation at City Hall. So we announce this in the respectful spirit of showing our friend that we don’t need a two-year, multi-million dollar process mired in the old Government 1.0 mindset.

So here is the throw down – who can work faster, the Gov 1.0 City or the Gov 2.0 Reset Community?

We’re throwing down the gauntlet. We have the data. Now let’s make it happen. Contact us at to learn more.


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Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Gov 1.0 vs. Gov 2.0

Phil & David, do you guys really think it's fair to the tax payers who have already helped pay for the signage ALL OVER SF to now try and help these offenders out? They chose to get in their vehicle and drive, they can choose to read the posted notices in the vicinity of where they leave their cars too! Otherwise, there's MUNI or private garages! This should be one way you both could be promoting ridership! Shame on you and this idea! I choose to drive daily, and when my meter runs out, I get a ticket just like everyone else, so it sucks to be me, but I'm not going to hold someone else responsible for my actions! If these people can afford to drive, they can afford to read, pay attention or get cited or towed! Stop enabling these people who were able to read their driver's test and pass it, essentially saying that they will comply w/ the law once they receive their driver's license! And yes, in case you're wondering, we've experienced getting towed before, but that was our fault for not paying attention!!!

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