Notes taken by Mari Eliza
City officials in attendance: Ed Reisken, Executive Director of the SFMTA; Bond Yee of Livable Streets; District Supervisor Jane Kim; Lauren Mattern of SFPark; and David Beaupre, Senior Planner at San Francisco Port Authority.
Ed started the meeting by explaining his agenda and introducing city officials.
Bon explained that SFMTA is installing meters to head off a future parking crisis.
They envision a very dense mixed-use that includes retail, offices, homes, and a ballpark with special events needs. For this meeting, they want to focus on Mission Bay proper, the area East of 7th St., North of Mariposa, and south of the park.
Based on a DOT grant they received, SFMTA started to experiment with a parking management plan in 2008. Mission Bay was one of the first pilot projects. SFMTA has not yet determined the proper hours for meters enforcement, or the charges for the extended hours during special events, even though people are getting ticketed while they are figuring it out.
Mission Bay residents let them know that they were not there to talk about the future or special events. They were there to get some relief from the parking meters SFMTA planted in front of their homes that have turned their lives upside down.
The meeting changed course when a Bluxome Street resident spoke up and asked, “Do you only plan to discuss the special-events parking plans, because we are here to talk about parking problems residents have today. Residents are only mentioned twice in that plan. We want to apply for a residential parking permit. I gathered all the residents’ signatures. I was told that because the meters had already been put in, and we had no say in the matter, that they could not be removed.”
Complaints and comments
- Lack of notice of the meeting and the venue
- Request for mixed-use Residential Parking Permit
- Objections to meters hours and rates
- High-priced meters are pushing residents into other neighborhoods
- No response from city officials
- Smart meters are impossible for some people to figure out and use
- Complaints about smart meters that are not charging the rates stated on the meters and signs
- Signs conflict and/or confuse people.
- Some signs are too high to read. mounted 7 to 12 ft above ground.
- Request for parking handbook. No clear parking rules.
- Mission Bay is poorly served by public transitN
- No off-street parking options in the plans
- Plans don’t account for the present residents’ needs
- No conflicts with ballpark events prior to the meters
- Conflicting time limit information
- Maritime issues