2012 Candidates

ENUF sent requests to Supervisors and Candidates asking what they plan to do for car owners.

District 1:

Sherman D’Silva : shermandsilva@gmail.com
As supervisor, I will not discourage parking options in the neighborhood or anywhere in San Francisco. I have always been a proponent of parking facilities. I wanted parking incorporated into the Argone playground and Richmond Recreation Center. These two facilities could have added hundreds of parking spaces for residents, visitors and businesses much like the Stockton and Union Square garages. Cars are not going to go away so we need to accommodate the cars that are here and the potential increase in the future and the first step is ensuring all buildings have parking for their residents and that we make available parking facilities whenever possible.

David Lee : info@davidlee2012.com
For Commuters Who Don’t Want to Use Public Transportation
Extend the SFPark App’s Coverage to the Richmond District:
The SFPark app helps smart phone users find available parking spaces in the SOMA, Marina District, Embarcadero, Financial District, Fisherman’s Wharf, Mission District and Hayes Valley neighborhoods, but not in the Richmond. I will work to extend this app’s coverage to the Richmond.
Waive the City’s Parking Tax for Individuals who Rent Out their Parking Spaces:
There are now mobile apps that allow property owners to make money off of sharing their frequently empty driveways and parking spots. Property owners who take part in these parking share programs should get a tax incentive from the City.
Split Sunday Parking Fee Hours in Half:
On January 1, 2013, San Francisco parking meters will begin collecting fees on Sundays. I propose that the City only charge parking fees after 12 p.m. on Sundays. The time frame should allow the City to get extra revenue from Sunday parkers, allow businesses to have turn over at meters, and allow everyone else the chance to sleep in. on SFGate

Eric Mar: Eric.L.Mar@sfgov.orgwww.reelectmar.com – on SFGate – excerpt
“…Yes. I have led efforts to expand our bike lane network, especially the JFK Drive dedicated bike lane. Working with the MTA, disability advocates, and transit planners, I’m working to improve our citywide bicycle system. I support the MTA’s efforts to raise more revenue to improve the transit system, but I am skeptical of expanding meters in neighborhood corridors or in Golden Gate Park.”
I am a strong supporter of car-sharing services because many San Franciscans, especially those in neighborhoods like the Richmond, do need access to a car occasionally. Car-sharing is a cost-effective, environmentally friendly option for many…”

District 2:

Mark Farrell Mark.Farrell@sfgov.org

District 3:

David Chiu David.Chiu@sfgov.org
Thanks for your inquiry.  I believe that our city needs to do a better job of improving all modes of transit.
After calling for a plan to finance fixing our roads, I was a strong advocate for the most recent road repaving and street safety bond, Prop B’s $248 million to repair our bumpy roads and crumbling pavement.  I’ve expanded car-sharing options in residential developments, and championing the city’s first on-street car-sharing sites.  I’ve also proposed an automated system to alert people via e-mail or text message that their car is on a street where towing is about to occur.
By improving all transit modes consistent with our voter-approved Transit First policy, we also reduce traffic congestion and make it easier for residents and visitors who do choose to drive.  As Supervisor, I’ve fought Muni service cuts and fare increases, required performance audits, and legislated all-door boarding.  In addition to setting a citywide goal of 20% trips by bicycle by 2020, I’ve advocated for increased enforcement of traffic rules for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.
I believe recent discussions about these issues have become unnecessarily divisive; after all, many San Franciscans use all of these different ways of traveling in our crowded city. Our transportation system works and fails as a whole, not just for one group.
Either before November or afterwards, I’m happy to meet with your organization to start a dialogue.

Marc E Bruno MarcBrunoforsupervisor@yahoo.com
The parking issues are some of the most confounded in the area of the City I would represent as District 3 Supervisor. They affect everyone I know– unfortunately, they don’t affect them in the same way! because so many people I know don’t have a car (I do), and even some with a car believe that the city should have less of them. This does not mean that owning or driving a car should be made a moral issue. The truth is that many people need a car to get to work, and these are as likely to be poor as middle class or wealthy people. The driving-and-parking issues raised by ENUF cross party lines, so to speak. And they cross easy socioeconomic and moral categories as well.
That said, I have three proposals for drivers and increasing parking, and none of them involve the financial penalties which I believe are too often resorted to by cities to discourage driving and to increase public coffers.
More details on the proposals coming soon.)

Wilman Pang www.panasiansf@yahoo.com : on SFGate – excerpt
“…Yes, I do not own a car. I am a Transit-First Muni rider. But Muni is losing credibility with service cuts and crumbling infrastructure.
Some bike lanes are well designed, but some are not safe or attractive.
Expansion of parking meters is a symptom of Muni’s poor decisions, bad expenditures and priorities. According to Muni, only 17% of trips within the city are by public transit; cars account for 62%. We need to be fair to car owners too.
Car sharing, bike sharing and hi-tech ride sharing are the future…”

Joe Butler JoeButlerForD3Supervisor2012@gmail.com

District 4:

Carmen Chu Carmen.Chu@sfgov.org

District 5:

Daniel Everett danieleverett@folklawradio.com : on SFGate
Neighborhood Parking Access:
The high cost of parking (tickets!/boots!/tows!, – ouch!) is unfairly pricing our friends and metered parking.
Saying No to Sunday Parking Meters
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has a new proposal that would require residents to pay for parking meters on Sundays/after 6:00 p.m everyday/- and the SFMTA would install new meters where there were none before.  San Francisco already has the second highest parking enforcement penalties in the country.  These new proposals will only lessen the amount of on street parking, which will invariably lead to more tickets, boots and tows.  City Hall should not be in the business of raising revenue in this unjust manner.  We need to say no to Sunday parking meters, and yes to adequate levels of residential parking.

Christina Olague christina.olague@sfgov.org

Thea Selby  info@theaselby.org: on SFGate – excerpt
“…The goal of the City’s Transit First policies is to have 50% of all trips taken in cars, which is a middling approach, rather than emphasizing public transit over private vehicles. I serve on the Executive Board of the San Francisco Transit Riders Union and I pushed for all-door boarding and free MUNI for youth. As with public safety, transit and biking work best when they’re safe and accessible. The wider bike lane system is effective given mutual respect between all parties, including pedestrians. The expansion of parking meters makes sense, as they provide much needed revenue for the City…”

Julian Davis info@juliandavis.org : on SFGate – excerpt
“… District 5 is a leader in the movement for bicycling and walking. Not only will I fight to implement the projects already in process (Masonic, Fell and Oak bikeways, Van Ness BRT) but I will lead on further improvements including separated bikeways alongside the Panhandle, further traffic calming measures on the Wiggle (particularly Scott Street), and Geary BRT. The SF Bicycle Coalition has set out its Connecting the City initiative, an ambitious but achievable vision of cross-town bikeways that are comfortable and inviting for people of all ages and abilities, connecting neighborhoods and helping locals and visitors to shop, work, and play more often on bike. Our wider bike lane system is a step in the right direction. I will prioritize next-generation infrastructure including cross-town bikeways, carbon free corridors, and other “low stress” bike routes. This will require standing firm to reprogram some on-street car parking and traffic lanes. One of the most important roles we can play is to hold Mayor Lee and our other city leaders accountable to their promise as well as the nearly 30 year-old “Transit-First” mandate. I will put an end to foot-dragging in City Hall that has negatively impacted our progress on transportation infrastructure. Car sharing is a great idea. We should expand it. We need to work on a more comprehensive and holistic method of funding the MTA than with expanded parking meters…”

Hope Johnson hope.johnson@earthlink.net – on SFGate – excerpt
“… Yes. We must improve public transit to increase users and protect our environment. Without that, traffic and pollution will become worse as developments are completed (Parkmerced, 55 Laguna, Octavia and Hayes St condos, Warriors arena).
Wider bike lanes are an improvement. I propose experimenting with more separated lanes similar to those on Market near 7th because traffic seems to flow better
I do not support expanding parking meter locations; residents already pay enough to park and we need to encourage tourism to promote small business success. I support car sharing, and have used City Car Share since 2004…”

London Breed info@londonforsupervisor.com – on SFGate – excerpt
“…There’s no mode of transportation we should discourage or disfavor in order to boost others. This isn’t a zero-sum game; space is such a limited commodity in San Francisco that we need to use what little we have as efficiently as possible. That means finding room on the road for any mode of transportation San Franciscans choose to employ.
In practice, that means car-sharing services and bike lanes should be part of the greater plan, to the extent that they make commuting more efficient and get citizens where they need to go…”

Andrew “Ellard” Resignato – on SFGate – excerpt
“…I fully support the city’s Transit First policies. The former Mayor of Bogota Enrique Peñalosa said, “A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars; it’s where the rich use public transportation.” Wider more protected bike lanes are proven in multiple studies to be safer. We need to create two major bikeways across the city from the Bay to the Ocean and North to South. I support a push towards market rate parking but I believe we should preserve Sunday as a meter free day. Car-sharing is a good idea to ensure people still have access to a car without having to create more city infrastructure for cars…”

District 6:

Jane Kim Jane.Kim@sfgov.org

District 7:

Andrew Bley: www.AndrewBley.com : on SFGate – excerpt
“…There are plans afoot to add parking meters near the zoo and other family-oriented parts of the City but this is just another burden (to families)…

Mike Garcia info@MikeGarcia2012.com : Working on a statement
Norman Yee: contact@normanyee.com : Working on a statement
Glen Rogers: alderlandscape@comcast.net : Working on a statement

Joel Engardio : info@engardio.com : on SFGate – excerpt
“…We have to stop using “one-size-fits-all” policies on a city with neighborhoods that are as wildly different as our microclimates. Didn’t Herb Caen say that in the City and County of San Francisco, District 7 is the County? Those are suburbs along Sloat Blvd. Unless you get rid of the lawns and replace all the single family homes with multi-unit buildings – and put a Muni train down Sloat – you will never have a successful transit-first policy in western San Francisco. No matter how many bike lanes you paint on the street. Where is the common sense? The bike lanes that are necessary and successful on Valenica in the Mission do not accomplish the same thing on Portola and Sloat.
Parking meters are not a sustainable revenue solution. Your revenue will literally drive away when cars just go to Stonestown and Daly City for shopping. Yes, we will get cars off the street – but only the business districts. The same cars will still drive from their San Francisco home to Daly City and back. In the end, our parking policy only manages to hurt small business. We should be building parking garages (covered in murals and art) in neighborhoods with business districts. Yes, the regular agitators will cry bloody murder but I know plenty of quietly suffering residents who will happily park there.
— Car sharing is good. And we can park more of those cars in the neighborhood parking garages (covered in murals and art) mentioned above…”

FX Crowley info@fxcrowley.com : on SFGate – excerpt
“…Downtown, yes. Neighborhoods, it depends on resident preferences and the impact cars are having on the community. Is a wider bike lane system working? In some areas. For example, many of the residents in District 7 oppose the recent Sloat Blvd. bike lane addition because it slows the morning commute on State Highway 35, which feeds directly into State Highway 1 on 19th Avenue. Do plans to expand parking meter locations make sense? In some areas they do, especially on downtown streets where parking lots are charging $20 and $30 per day. Most residents want a menu of services, but fewer people will sacrifice to pay for them. Supervisors need to listen to their constituents, prioritize issues and make the difficult decisions to run the city. Is the surge in car-sharing services a good idea? Yes…”

Julian Lagos : on SFGate – excerpt
“…I support the City’s Transit First policy, especially along Market Street in the downtown area. As for wider bike lanes, I think they’re working but probably could use some well-designed safety enhancements. I do not support expanding the parking meter scheme, especially the idea to create “variable-price” meters. I support any and all car-sharing programs and services, as long as they contribute to reducing traffic congestion and pollution…”

District 8:

Scott Wiener Scott.Wiener@sfgov.org : No statement – Noe Valley Voice – excerpt:
“…Wiener plans to devote more time to housing and transportation—especially improving access to car-sharing and getting more taxis on the streets
Already on the books is Wiener’s “Good Samaritan Rental Law,” which was prompted by arson fires in the Castro and an accidental fire last year that displaced residents above Radio Shack on 24th Street. The measure allows landlords to offer temporary, one- to two-year leases at low rents to disaster victims without committing to long-term rent-controlled contracts…
Earlier this year, the Department of Public Works began transferring, neighborhood by neighborhood, the entire responsibility for maintenance of the city’s 100,000 street trees to property owners. “There certainly are a lot of street trees in Noe Valley, and a lot of people were surprised in an unpleasant way” when they learned about the city’s plans. Wiener said he wants to find an ongoing source of funding that homeowners can tap into to pay for tree-pruning or for repairs to sidewalks broken by tree roots. One of the suggestions—a parcel tax—would require enabling legislation. The public hearing on trees has been tentatively scheduled for late October… (more)

District 9:

David Campos David.Campos@sfgov.org
I have been happy to work with the Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF).  In terms of your question, I believe that we need to have a City that works for every resident, which is why I believe that we need to improve all forms of transportation, including the needs of drivers.  To that end, I have been proud to be a strong advocate for improving the quality of our streets.  More specifically, we worked hard to push for the recent street re-pavement bond, which is allowing us to fix many of our street in the District.  You can see the difference if you drive down streets like Mission Street and South Van Ness as an example.  In addition, we have worked with agencies such as the County Transportation Authority to improve traffic conditions throughout the City.  I look forward to continuing our with ENUF and others who are trying to help San Francisco work better for all its residents.

District 10:

Malia Cohen Malia.Cohen@sfgov.org : Working on a statement
Letter to SFMTA – excerpts
Current Enforcement of Residential Parking Restrictions is Inadequate After years of work with SFMTA, the Dogpatch neighborhood was successful in securing areas of permitted residential parking. However, enforcement of these existing parking restrictions to date has been inadequate and only sporadically enforced. While I understand the myriad of challenges that parking control officers face in this City, it is unacceptable for additional parking restrictions to be imposed on a neighborhood without a more comprehensive approach to enforcement…
Transit Reliability The Southeastern part of the City currently lacks adequate access to reliable transportation. As a result, large entities in the neighborhood like UCSF and the California College of the Arts provide their own shuttle service and additional bike storage. This inefficiency makes it nearly impossible for this Transit-First City to encourage residents to decrease their reliance on private automobiles. The lack of reliable transit options are especially relevant to the large workforce that is supported by the dozens of Production Distribution and Repair (“PDR”) businesses in the neighborhood…
Conflicts with PDR Businesses and Zoning After more than a decade of community based planning, in 2008 the City adopted the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan and associated re-zoning ordinances in order to facilitate the development of more PDR uses and businesses. As a result of these new zoning controls, PDR business in District 10 have begun to thrive. These businesses employ hundreds of individuals and contribute significantly to our City’s economy. Nonetheless, PDR businesses are unlike traditional commercial businesses, they do not need or require the same amount of turnover in parking to be viable…
While the neighborhood is mixed use, I would strongly encourage SFMTA not to locate parking meters on streets that are predominantly residential(more)

District 11:

John Avalos John.Avalos@sfgov.org : on SFGate – excerpt
“…I support the city’s Transit First policies unequivocally. I have been a strong proponent of public transportation, namely bicycle use as a form of daily transportation. A wider bike lane system is working as a way to ensuring safety for our cyclists commute. Plans to expand parking meter locations do make sense and I supported the initiative this past February to do so. There may be concerns on the accessibility of car sharing to all our neighborhoods, especially in outlying districts that are not as populated, however, it is a step in the right direction for our city overall…”

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