Mark Zuckerberg’s neighbors are urging nearby residents to report the billionaire’s security details for parking their vehicles illegally outside the Facebook CEO’s $10million San Francisco home.
A letter written by neighbors and obtained by Buzzfeed was distributed to some residents of Liberty Hill, a neighborhood adjacent to Dolores Park.
The letter claims that Zuckerberg’s security team is ‘permanently’ and ‘illegally’ occupying ‘desirable parking spots’ in the area with two silver SUVs.
It urges neighbors to complain to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) about the vehicles and contact Zuckerberg’s ‘residential security manager’, Tim Wenzel.
A letter written by Mark Zuckerberg’s neighbors of his San Francisco home, pictured above under construction, was distributed to some residents of Liberty Hill in San Francisco claiming his security team was parking illegally
A letter distributed to Mark Zuckerberg’s neighbors claims that his security team is ‘permanently’ and ‘illegally’ occupying ‘desirable parking spots’ in the area with two silver SUVs
A Zuckerberg family spokesperson said that the vehicles are parked legally in the neighborhood. Pictured above is the San Francisco home under construction
‘I think we’ve all tried to be as patient and civil as possible during the very long construction, the noise, the trash, the blocking of streets, etc,’ the letter begins.
It continues: ‘Now that all that circus is done, we are left with 2 silver SUV’s permanently occupying desirable parking spots.
‘It goes without saying that living close to Dolores Park and the awesome neighboring districts already creates a challenge when it comes to street parking, so the 2 spots that are illegally being held for Zuck only makes matters worse.’
Wenzel’s corporate email address with Facebook and his mobile phone number were included in the lengthy letter.
A Zuckerberg family spokesperson told Buzzfeed, however, that the vehicles are parked legally.
‘The security team’s cars are parked in accordance with local parking laws. The team strives to be sensitive to neighbors’ concerns and regrets any inconvenience,’ the spokesperson said.
The author or authors of the letter claim to have spoken to the security team, who they say admitted to parking illegally.
‘We’ve spoken to the security guards and they were cordial but ultimately have been instructed by their supervisors to not move the cars under any circumstances,’ the letter said. ‘They acknowledge that they are occupying the space with no turnover and illegally.
‘So, on weekends such as this, I have to park illegally in front of the apartment that I live in full-time and risk the chance of getting an expensive ticket by MTA.’
The letter argues that Zuckerberg’s security team could park the SUVs in front of his driveway without incident, and by not doing so, a chain of reaction of illegal parking has ensued.
Zuckerberg and his wife, Pricilla Chan (pictured with their daughter Max), also have a home in Palo Alto, California
This isn’t the first time Zuckerberg clashed with his neighbors. Last year a a California judge refused to dismiss fraud charges against Zuckerberg brought on by his backdoor neighbor of his Palo Alto home, who sold the Facebook CEO part of his huge estate (pictured above)
A source familiar with the Facebook CEO’s security team told Buzzfeed that the guards are parked on separate blocks of the neighborhood in accordance to the local parking requirements.
The source added that parking in Zuckerberg’s driveway would block the sidewalk.
A guard at Zuckerberg’s house told Buzzfeed that he was aware of the complaints and ‘very attuned to the needs of the neighbors’.
The letter’s author has since taken to Twitter, Facebook and Nextdoor – a private app that functions like a neighborhood watch – to ‘raise visibility to this issue’.
This isn’t the first time Zuckerberg has had a clash with his neighbors.
In 2014, neighbors complained that his renovation construction was tearing up the neighborhood and told the press that he was blocking parking spots by paying people to sit in parked cars overnight to save the spots for construction vehicles.
In 2015, local blog Capp Street Crap reported that his security team filed a restraining order against a 62-year-old local man, which allegedly left him homeless. The events of the report are still under dispute.
Also last year, a California judge refused to dismiss fraud charges against Zuckerberg brought on by his backdoor neighbor, who sold the Facebook CEO part of his huge estate in Palo Alto.
Real estate developer Mircea Voskerician has claimed Zuckerberg promised him entree into the Silicon Valley elite in exchange for the house, which the developer then sold the rights to at a ‘discount rate’ in 2012.
As Voskerician claims Zuckerberg didn’t follow through on the promise, the real estate developer’s attorney David Draper has appealed to the court to withdraw from the case, citing that his participation could present ethical dilemmas.
Voskerician is suing the 30-year-old billionaire, who lives in his adjacent mansion with his wife, Priscilla Chan, based on allegations including fraud and misrepresentation. Zuckerberg has denied the claims.
LETTER FROM MARK ZUCKERBERG’S NEIGHBORS ABOUT PARKING
I’m sure you all agree that it can be cumbersome living next to Zuck. I think we’ve all tried to be as patient and civil as possible during the very long construction, the noise, the trash, the blocking of streets, etc. Now that all that circus is done, we are left with 2 silver SUV’s permanently occupying desirable parking spots. It goes without saying that living close to Dolores Park and the awesome neighboring districts already creates a challenge when it comes to street parking, so the 2 spots that are illegally being held for Zuck only makes matters worse. We’ve spoken to the security guards and they were cordial but ultimately have been instructed by their supervisors to not move the cars under any circumstances. They acknowledge that they are occupying the space with no turnover and illegally. So, on weekends such as this, I have to park illegally in front of the apartment that I live in full-time and risk the chance of getting an expensive ticket by MTA. Can you all help me raise visibility to this issue? We’ve already spoken to both guards currently on duty, they spoke to their offsite supervisor and I’ve also called [sic] left a message Tim Wenzel (he has yet to call back), the ‘Residential Security Manager’ for Zuck’s … home. We’ve also taken pictures of both cars and posted it on SFMTA’s twitter page, along with the local news stations Twitter accounts, our personal facebook accounts and have also created an account and shared this on Nextdoor.
I want to add that Zuck’s guards could park in his driveway or in front of his driveway with no issue but refuse to do so as that is not what they are instructed to do. One of the guards mentioned that she agreed that even from a security standpoint, where the cars are parked don’t give the best vantage points and that she thinks they should be driving around and having a guard posted on both sides of [the street]. All and all, none of this makes any sense. SFMTA requires ALL cars to be moved after 72 hours’ time, and in all residential areas, if cars don’t have parking permits (which currently the guards do not have) and they need to be moved every 2 hours (M-F) within the listed time. When they do move the car is [sic] has to be at least a block away, ensuring turnover. Clearly, none of this is happening.
And, although I do feel bad for the guards when it gets cold or hot, they tend to leave their car engines on day and night which is wasteful and horrible for the environment not to mention noisy in an otherwise quiet neighborhood.
Please report this issue to SFMTA by calling xxx-xxx-xxxx (Press 1 for English) (Press option 6 for illegal parking) or tweeting them @SFMTA_MUNI
Also, please contact:
Tim Wenzel (Residential Security Manager)
I think if enough people contact them a permanent solution will surely follow.
Thank you in advance for any help.
Your neighbors in [REDACTED]