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A cable car passes a parking meter near San Francisco's financial district. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera on Monday, June 23, 2014 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. (2009 file photo) (Ben Margot/AP Photo)
A cable car passes a parking meter near San Francisco's financial district. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera on Monday, June 23, 2014 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. (2009 file photo) (Ben Margot/AP Photo)

No monkeying around

San Francisco warns Monkey app to stop auctioning off city parking spots Add to ...

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 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.

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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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