The death of Michael Brown at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri, set off months of protests and an investigation by the federal Department of Justice.
Ferguson kicked off soul-searching in San Francisco, which has some of the highest towing charges in the country. In 2016, the city treasurer José Cisneros said the city was “guilty of a form of predatory government.”
Citing Ferguson as an inspiration, he announced a new office to reform city fines and fees: the Financial Justice Project.
On Sunday, July 1, some of the reforms recommended by the Financial Justice Project are taking effect. Low income drivers will get a steep discount on charges for towed and booted vehicles.
Do these changes go far enough? KALW News transportation reporter Eli Wirtschafter came into the studio to discuss what he learned from the city department behind the reforms.