December 9, 2013 at 4:30 AM Small Business Commission and the MTA Board, City Hall Room 400 – agenda
SMALL BUSINESS COMMISSION,
MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY BOARD
OF DIRECTORS, AND PARKING AUTHORITY COMMISSION
NOTICE OF JOINT MEETING & AGENDA Merchants should go and let the MTA know how they are effecting economic vitality of your business or send a representative or write comments or a letter detailing how the parking and traffic problems are effecting you business. Copy the supervisors on the letter. contacts here. 5. Explanatory Documents: Slide presentation by Office of Small Business staff; Slide presentation by SFMTA staff. Presentation by Regina Dick-Endrizzi, Executive Director of the Office of Small Business, and Ed Reiskin, Director of Transportation of the SFMTA. 6. General Public Comment: Allows members of the public to comment generally on matters within the Commission’s purview, and suggest new agenda items for the Commission’s future consideration. (Discussion Item)
NOTE: The Small Business Commission requested more parking garages. We need to talk to them. We want parking transit hub garages near freeway exits with Muni, taxi, bike, and shuttles and jitneys. This needs to be a part of the plan.
SBC requested more frequent contact with the MTA to work out issues as they arise, especially with regard to the immediate plans SFMTA has for implementing further parking restrictions on Polk and other areas. The commissioners want to work out some compromises to mitigate the loss and lessen the effect it will have on the merchants in the effected areas.
Other comments that were made and concerns raised:
Delivery services are not being met in the scheme of things. Someone pointed out that Polk is not like Valencia. Many merchants on Polk rely on large service vehicles to unload groceries, hardware, and other heavy supplies on a regular basis. Everyone agrees this is a city-wide problem that is not being solved in any of the current TEP or other city street designs.
There is an eagerness on the part of SFMTA to reduce curb cuts, which means off-street parking egress. That is a backdoor mechanism they have to reduce off-street parking options. We need to stop this maneuver on their part. Let you supervisor know that you know what this means and you oppose it.
There are so many things in the presentations, try to watch the tape to see what you find that you support and what alarms you.
The SFMTA agreed to meet on a more regular basis with SBC and it appears the plan is to meet every two months within the MTA’s Policy and Governance Committee to review specific issues that are plaguing merchants. So, merchants should inform SBC about your SFMTA issues.
Hopefully we will have opportunities to write letters and show up in person to those meetings when the need arises.
On Tuesday we supported a presentation to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) Board, given by MTA staff. The presentation focused mainly on the proposed transportation improvements for Central SoMa as contained in the Draft Plan. You can see the presentation here.
You can watch the presentation and hear the MTA Board’s comments by following these steps:
In terms of next steps regarding streets and transportation issues, we are expecting to receive the results of the Central SoMa Transportation Impact Study by late spring, which we will use to refine our proposal.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me any time.
Last I heard adding to something increased the total and deleting decreased it, but some people do a different kind of math I guess. Fortunately for us the Supervisors agree with our math and supported us in our request for a halt to parking meters in our neighborhoods. Be sure to thank them for their support and get ready for the next big battle to preserve the San Francisco that we all love. Don’t forget to pat yourselves on the back because you made it happen!
The new, wider buffered bike lane on Folsom Street in SoMa is getting finishing touches this week as the SFMTA adds green paint where drivers are expected to merge with people on bikes.
“We pushed for green paint at the intersections, and we’re thrilled to see that safety element being added today,” the SF Bicycle Coalition wrote in its newsletter. “We’ll continue to monitor this pilot to see how the design works.”
Folsom commuters: How has your experience been? Does it feel safer? Are drivers using the bike lane, as has been often reported with the similar bike lane on Eighth Street? Let us know in the comments…. (more)
The latest detailed Central SOMA Plan presented at the MTA Board meeting this week came to us from a reader. Thanks Justin. Keep those tips coming.
More notes from that meeting will be coming soon. Meanwhile, here is a link to the tape of the meeting, which included some very exciting moments. Link is here. or here depending on your system.
There was an overflow crowd of Muni riders protesting many of the other line and service cuts. Many elements of the the Central SOMA Plan and the TEP were not well received. The TEP was put on hold and public outreach was suggested. Supervisor Farrell joined a crowd of people defending the 3 Jackson. The 5 Fulton Pilot is not at all popular. Many people had to remind the MTA staff that San Francisco has many steep hills and everyone can’t walk up them. Buses need to help those people or they will have to drive.
Ed Reiskin was given a five year extension on his contract to manage the SFMTA
Please send your notes and comments here so we can get them in. Also be sure to let the supervisors and the MTA officials know how you feel about their plans. contacts are here: San Francisco Officials
n a setback for progressive parking policy in San Francisco, the Board of Supervisors voted last week to eliminate the SFMTA’s ability to install any significant amount of new parking meters under a new five-year contract to upgrade existing meters… No supervisors opposed reducing the number of meters to be purchased in the contract. Supervisor John Avalos, who introduced the contract amendment, said the SFMTA is expected to allocate the 5,000 additional meters like so: 1,200 to replace meters on Port property, 2,800 to replace damaged meters, and 1,000 “to be used as a maintenance flow.”“There will be no expansion of meters,” said Avalos. “If that’s gonna happen, it’ll be another go-around from the MTA to describe how they will implement and with a lot of outreach to the public.”… As Radulovich noted in his letter, “limiting parking meters will mean more congestion, and more pollution.”… (more)
We won this battle, but we will have to watch for SFMTA’s next move. Send appreciative notes and letters to the Supervisors to let them know that we know they supported us this time. Be sure to report any new meters any reduction in parking due to tow away signs and other tricks they use to limit parking. We won the battle but there is much more to do.
A federal appeals court has refused to dismiss a suit by a San Francisco limousine driver who said a city parking control officer followed him out the door of a fast-food restaurant after a shouting match, then pepper-sprayed and punched him… (more)
Many interesting points to this story, but what concerns us is finding out who authorized the parking officers to carry pepper spray and how does the public feel about that? Do they carry other weapons we should be aware of?
This bike lane appeared on the northern end of Van Ness Avenue at the east end of the Fort Mason Tunnel.
A new contra-flow bike lane separated by paint and plastic posts has appeared at the northern end of Van Ness Avenue, providing a safer link between the ped/bike paths that run through Fort Mason and Fisherman’s Wharf… (more)
Time to start boycotting these areas if you drive a car. If you live there you better start looking for some new representation. If enough businesses scream loud enough, they do reverse these things.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors yesterday approved a resolution supporting a set of policy recommendations to improve parking access for people with disabilities. Many of these policy recommendations will require state legislative changes. The recommendations, developed by the City’s Accessible Parking Policy Advisory Committee (Committee), a stakeholder group comprised primarily of disability rights advocates, include proven solutions used in other jurisdictions that are designed to increase access to parking for people with disabilities and improve parking availability for all drivers.
In October 2012, the SFMTA and the Mayor’s Office on Disability convened the Committee, and after six months of collaborative work the group came to a broad consensus on a package of policy recommendations to increase access to parking for people with disabilities and reduce disabled parking placard misuse. Under these policies, the SFMTA will:
Increase the number of blue zones
Improve enforcement of placard misuse
Direct an equivalent amount of SFMTA revenue received from parking meters installed in blue zones to accessibility improvements
Seek state legislative support for
Increasing oversight of the placard approval process
Allowing local jurisdictions to remove the meter payment exemption
Allowing local jurisdictions to establish reasonable time limits for placard holders in metered spaces and blue zones
This is where the lobbying comes in. Let the city officials and state representatives know how you feel about SFMTA’s lobbying efforts against the taxpayers of California. This is one of many state laws the SFMTA wants to change. They already reduced the required votes needed to pass a new car license tax for San Francisco drivers. You will see a bill to increase your fees on the 2014 ballot.
Changing the rules about handicapped parking requires a change in state law. SFMTA and the Bicycle Coalition pay the same lobbies in Sacramento to change the laws. Ask the Supervisors who want to represent you in Sacramento how they will protect your rights when they get there, and watch how they vote now.