Good riddance, Sunday parking meters

By Sean Havey : sfgate – excerpt

Some anticar ideas are too much, even for San Francisco, where policies limiting driving are a near-religion. After an unhappy tryout, the city will stop enforcing parking meters on Sunday. It’s the right end to an unpopular and unfair plan.

Drivers need a break from worrying about the time ticking down on curb slots. There needs to be a day of rest from swarms of meter-minders dispensing tickets that cost $60 or more. Turning Sunday into another cash-producing day irritates everyone, resident and visitor alike.

By canceling meter collections and ticket revenues, the city is giving up $11 million. (Not  according to this article)  But there are bigger targets to aim for. In signaling his opposition, Lee worried that the public’s annoyance with Sunday meters could doom plans in November for a $500 million transit bond and a vehicle license fee boost, designed to provide money for Muni, street improvements and other transit fixes.

These ballot measures may net a reliable and supportable stream of money for public transit, right now starved of dependable support. Even in financially flush times, the city’s mix of fares, fees, fines and general taxes is a patchwork system that’s partly to blame for Muni’s ills that make driving a go-to option.

But the answer shouldn’t be more hazing of vehicle owners in a crowded, expensive city. Drivers already pay into this city’s transit-first programs. Nailing them again undercuts the support the city needs to modernize its streets and transportation system… (more)

SFMTA claims they will not lose any money on the Sunday meters, because they will find other ways to ticket drivers. They treat drivers like their personal ATM machines and then beg for more money for vehicle license fees? Do they think we are fools?

Drivers pay. Muni riders pay. Guess who doesn’t pay.

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Cara Lui : KTVU – excerpt

Big changes are coming to San Francisco’s parking enforcement policies.

SFMTA announced this week it was doing away with Sunday metering in the city. But that doesn’t mean drivers are off the hook on Sundays.

Agency spokesperson Paul Rose said you can expect the same number of parking control officers on the roads. They will be focusing on things such as responding to red zone or blocked driveway complaints instead.

“We still feel like we’ll make up the revenue lost by Sunday meters, but we will be able to deploy same parking control officers to respond to quality of life issues,” said Rose.

KTVU has also learned SFMTA issued a total of 1.5 million tickets last year… (more)

We can’t believe anything the SFMTA claims. According to these statements the SFMTA never needed to charge for Sunday parking meters and will not be losing the 6.5 to 11 million dollars they have been claiming.

 

S.F. Sunday parking meter charge voted down

Jaxon Van Derbeken : sfgate – excerpt

After being bombarded for hours from all sides, the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency board voted to give up $11 million in annual revenue and go along with Mayor Ed Lee‘s plan to stop charging for parking in metered spaces on Sundays.

The panel voted unanimously to scrap Sunday parking charges, setting up another showdown at the Board of Supervisors when it considers the MTA budget. The members also voted to prioritize expanded service to low-income seniors and youths, banking on some of a $15 million surplus the agency has, and delayed some planned fare increases.

But parking was the most contentious issue in the budget process.

Mayor Ed Lee  and the Supervisors heard us on the Sunday parking meters. Keep up the good work. More letters and comments will get us back our streets. Thanks for all your support. You are great!

 

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The Mayor vs. Muni: The Fight Over Sunday Meters

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is ratcheting up his opposition to Sunday parking meter enforcement, telling KCBS that he refuses to accept any compromises, and that he is “only willing to consider ‘no enforcement’ and not more or less.” But with Muni considering a budget that includes a fare increase for all adult riders, SFMTA leadership is reluctant to give up the revenue that Sunday parking provides. Who will win?… (more)

The Mayor knows how many people are being effected negatively by the SFMTA policies, and may have seen some evidence that is being gathered by their opponents that could put their entire program in jeopardy. The recent spate of insider claims of accounting fraud, handshake deals, and motions to rescind parking policies is not going unnoticed by the Mayor’s office. He is trying to hold out an olive branch to the angry public as a last ditch effort to placate the growing throng of pitchfork-wielding public mobs who are aiming their anger at the SFMTA, and calling for a major overhaul.
This is not just about cars and drivers paying to park on Sunday. This is about the displacement of San Francisco residents, businesses and cultural centers. “Let the Voters Decide” is the call to action. FixtheMTA has generated over a hundred signatures and comments sent it went live a few days ago. Sign on if you agree that the time has come for a referendum on SFMTA policies. Tell the city officials you have had enuf.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/fix-the-mta

 

 

Car-sharing firms getting 900 S.F. street parking spaces

Michael Cabanatuan : sfgate – excerpt

As many as 900 street parking spaces – one of San Francisco’s most precious commodities – will be reserved for car-sharing vehicles and leased at discounted rates. The parking program, which will begin in the summer, is a two-year experiment that aims to spread car sharing throughout the city.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency approved the plan to set aside some of the city’s 281,000 street parking spaces last year but still had to solicit interested companies and negotiate which parking spaces would be reserved for car-sharing vehicles. The agency approved the program after a smaller two-year test, involving a dozen street spaces, was deemed a success… (more)

Taking more public parking off the streets is sure to anger more people. Bring it on. Then ask the voters for more  money. See how well that tactic works. When a regulatory agency competes for business with an industry they regulate there is a problem.

It will be interesting to see how they spin the claims that there are less people circling for fewer parking spaces after removing another 900.

See article below. As usual the facts aren’t clear. One story has 900 on street spots. The other has 400 on and off-street spots. Who knows.

 

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Hundreds of SF parking spots could be reserved for car-sharing companies - Car-sharing firms getting 900 S.F. street parking spaces – More than 400 parking spots along city streets and in publicly owned parking garages in neighborhoods across The City could be set aside for use by rental cars operated by car-sharing companies, under a city plan to promote alternatives to private automobiles…(more)

Reiskin: Let’s Keep Sunday Parking Meters, But Not Enforce Them

By Aaron Bialick : sfStreetsblog – excerpt

SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin said today that he thinks the agency should keep Sunday parking meters but back off on actually enforcing them.

At an SFMTA Board of Directors meeting, Reiskin said he recommends “that we significantly re-deploy our resources away from Sunday meter enforcement. We have a lot more higher-pressing needs, particularly during the week during the evening rush, for example, in terms of traffic enforcement.”… (more)

April Fools?

Study: Hartford, New Haven Hurt By Abundance of Parking

: wnpr – excerpt
Regardless of how hard it can seem to find a parking spot sometimes, Hartford and New Haven have built a lot more parking over the past few decades. But that can be a bad thing…
But parking isn’t as simple as one might think, said Eric Boone of the Hartford Parking Authority.”It’s actually quite complex,” Boone said. “There’s a lot of human nature involved, as very dry and bland as, ‘I have 20 parking spots, and I need to put 20 cars in’ sounds.”For example, some people will pay regardless of price, some people will spend time to find the cheapest spot and yet others will decide based on the weather and other factors. He pointed out the demand pricing that San Francisco and Los Angeles are trying out is similar to what the airline industry does to distinguish between customers.“You try to adapt pricing to accommodate those concerns so that you always have the maximum efficiency of parking, but you have to balance that maximum efficiency with customer satisfaction,” Boone said. “Right now, airlines are pretty efficient, however there may be some that may argue that there’s low customer satisfaction with the airline industry.”… (more)

Customer satisfaction is at an all time low in San Francisco. Congestion parking, demand response, whatever they call it, does not create more parking opportunities, it just sucks more money into the government net, without voter approval.
http://metermadness.wordpress….

Eric Boone is right. Parking decisions are complex, and change as frequently as the weather, often with the weather. Don’t believe any of the hype coming out of SFMTA’s efforts to sell their parking platitudes and claims that their theories work. SF is rated the third worst city in the US for parking, after Chicago and Oakland, all of which have been sold to the private parking industry. San Francisco voters are also irate over the reduction in traffic lanes that have caused major congestion on streets that never had problems before.

Shoup’s theories are not panning out. The anger against SFMTA has spawned at least three bi-partisan efforts in San Francisco to stop, reform, or dismantle the SFMTA.

Anti-car, pro-development legislation being pushed by Democrats around the country is a major reason for a decline in support for Democratic politicians. Financial corruption is the icing on the cake. Nobody trusts the government, and that reflects badly on the present administration.
We have seen the results in Florida of voters who are fed up with regional planning schemes that Democrats have been pushing as a remedy for global warming. Whether or not one believes in climate change, everyone does not agree on the solution. Environmentalists are not buying the pro-development argument, and in many cases are leading the fight against it. Say goodbye to the incumbents because many will not be returning unless they change their tune soon.

San Francisco citizens working to reform the SFMTA:
http://petitions.moveon.org/si…

SF and Oakland Top the Worst Cities for Parking

by Jennifer Maerz : thebolditalic – excerpt

Locals aren’t the only ones who think parking sucks here. Now there’s a national study ranking Oakland and San Francisco #2 and #3 respectively as the “Worst Cities for Parking Your Car” in the country. Only Chicago beat us as being a suckier place to stow your vehicle.

The study was conducted by financial analysis site NerdWallet, which used the price of parking and the number of stolen cars per city as factors in creating its ranking. Oakland, the company notes, has 124.59% more car thefts than the national average, while SF has 5.53% fewer thefts (I think our crooks here prefer a nice smash-and-go window job to stealing the whole ride). NerdWallet uses the stats to offer financial tips related to driving, such trying out SFpark, “an organization that matches drivers with parking spaces at various rates. Drivers can see where spots are available and how much they’ll have to pay online, though the median price to park is $29 a day and $375 a month.” … (more)

SFMTA wins another prize. This time SF is rated and the worst to park. No surprise to us. I guess this rules out the theory that congestion pricing helps drivers. So, get ready for this argument to stop that waste of tax payer money. If you agree with us and want the MTA to return to the job of managing Muni for Muni riders, and get them out of the parking management bussiness, sign the Stop SFMTA petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/stop-sfmta-san-francisco

Then join us in supporting a ballot initiative to FIX THE MTA.

 

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SF leaders search for ways to blend car-reliant worshippers with transit-first policies

by : sfexaminer – excerpt

In a city where promoting alternatives to California’s car culture is the unofficial religion, Sunday can be a day of conflict.

The Rev. Malcolm Byrd’s Sunday morning ritual includes collecting the angry notes left on his and other double-parked cars on Golden Gate Avenue. They’re left by bicyclists upset that automobiles are blocking their lane during services at Byrd’s First AME Zion Church.

Such righteous anger, while perhaps well-intentioned, is received by “your classic old church lady,” Byrd said. And that lady is part of a citywide congregation that is overwhelmingly old and car-reliant, with no other viable way to get to services.

This dependence on automobiles is challenging religious leaders and transit officials in San Francisco to find a compromise that can reduce congestion and promote transit while still allowing aging worshipers to access their faith communities… (more)

This feels like a familiar tune. Putting in a cycle track next to a church and demanding the cars move is like building housing next to a night club and demonizing the club. The anti-car movement is making for some strange allies who didn’t realize how much we have in common. Live and let live has been the San Francisco way of life. That is what is at stake.
There is a growing divisiveness feeding intolerant and racists comments that is disturbing, and it appears to be coming from elsewhere. The churches were here first. Cyclists are able-bodied individuals perfectly capable of biking on other streets. Perhaps it is time to codify parking privileges around churches and funeral homes, and certain other traditional situations. There is no reason to upset San Francisco traditions to satisfy new non-tolerant attitudes.

San Francisco Parking Is Ruining My Love Life

By Amber Leigh : thebolditalic – excerpt

It happened a few weeks ago. My boyfriend and I had just parted ways on a Monday morning. Birds were singing and the sun was shining; it felt like the best morning ever. Until my phone rang. It was my boyfriend. I thought maybe he’d realized that he actually did have time to drive me to work, or that he just had to say “I love you” one more time… but I was wrong.

The night before he and I had done the parking dance to the point of disbelief. “How can there be NO parking spaces anywhere?” we repeatedly asked each other as we circled the streets around my apartment. Eventually, we were forced to abandon convenience and park several blocks away. He was about to walk over and check the street cleaning sign when I stopped him. I said I had this great app that shows when street cleaning is based on your location. He eyed me suspiciously, but decided to suspend logic and trust me and my app. Was this what true love looked like, someone willing to trust you over an easily verifiable sign? The app reported that street cleaning wasn’t until Wednesday.

Parking in this city can change a person. You avoid entire neighborhoods because you can never find parking there. You spend 20 minutes circling the block. You see a space, and then someone else takes it first. You find a space that’s too good to be true, and you’re right, it is. The red paint on the curb is faded and your blood sugar is plummeting and you may be starting to hallucinate. And then there’s street cleaning, that fatal blow that sets off the inner monologue that takes you straight to the dark side:…

“So it would be great if you’d pay for half of this ticket and delete that stupid app of yours,” he howled into the phone… (more)