City tells firm to stop auctions of parking spaces

City tells firm to stop auctions of parking spaces

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LONDON - FEBRUARY 28: In this photo illustration a mobile phone displays a number for a text parking payment service on February 28, 2007 in London. Mobile phones are now able to access a range of services in the United Kingdom and abroad. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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Posted on June 23, 2014 at 1:01 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera has issued a cease-and-desist demand to a mobile app called Monkey Parking, which allows people to auction off public parking spaces that they're using to other nearby drivers.
   
Herrera issued a letter to Paolo Dobrowolny, the CEO of the Rome, Italy-based tech startup on Monday. The letter also asks tech giant Apple to immediately remove the application from its app store. The startup began operating in San Francisco in April.
   
Herera cites a provision in San Francisco's police code that prohibits people and companies from buying, selling or leasing public on-street parking.
   
The city attorney is giving the company until July 11 to shut down its operations in San Francisco or possibly face a lawsuit under California's Unfair Competition Law.
   
In an email, Dobrowolny says he is talking with his legal staff and didn't immediately have a comment.

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