San Francisco parking app refuses shut down order

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Updated: 6/27 1:42 pm

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

MonkeyParking CEO Paolo Dobrowolny said in a statement that City Attorney Dennis Herrera's letter violates free speech. Dobrowolny said 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.

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.

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