Imagine that you get the flu, or a house guest parks on your street, or you are called away for business, or any of the many reasons that someone may leave a car on the street for more than 72 hours.
Then you go outside and your car is gone!
I have lived in Palo Alto for 2.5 years and similar to many residents, I park on the street. The same small white Audi A4 car has parked in the same place, or close to it, over that span of time.
I am recently unemployed. I had no reason to go to my car; in fact, I enjoyed staying put for a few days.
I (now) understand muni code 10.36.030, a) in PA states parking is NOT ALLOWED on the street for more than 72 hours.
Stored/Impounded Vehicle Release Fee $135
So in this enlighten community, this brilliantly run city, this right minded municipality that is leading edge in conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction, and human welfare you send your patrol car out twice to tow a resident's car (which by the way is parked exactly in the same spot where it was towed) requiring me to go to City Hall, pay a fine, so I can go to the towing company in Mountain View to pay an egregious amount of money, spending my time, my resources, city time and city resources for what feels like a punitive act that only benefits the towing company, and alienates me and my neighbor.
And to my neighbor, who anonymously reported my heinous transgression, really... wouldn't a note have solved your concern? It would have saved me a lot of grief, loss of $400 plus 1/2 day of my time.
Can you tell me how this action benefited anyone?
PA, how about a parking ticket? OR maybe even a phone call? you had all of my registration data in your database.