Home Owner, Anza Vista, San Francisco, CA
Yes, you can, in my experience. When I used to ride my motorcycle to work there was a row of eight motorcycle parking spots with a meter that was broken for a couple of months. My coworker and I parked our bikes there as often as possible and neither of us ever got a ticket.
If a $100 ticket is going to be the end of the world for you, it might be advisable not to, just in case. But I've done it dozens of times without getting a ticket.