Announcement of ENUF web site

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Contacts: Tony Kelly tonykelly@astound.net   John Lum john@johnlumarchitecture.com
Mari Eliza mari@abazaar.com
San Francisco – May 30, 2012

ENUF (Eastern Neighborhoods United Front) Web site: sfenuf.org

ENUF is comprised of dedicated and concerned stakeholders intent on disrupting SFMTA’s plans to blanket our San Francisco neighborhoods with parking meters. In late 2011 when neighborhood members realized the full extent of MTA’s plans, we immediately went into action. To further unite our stakeholders and provide a statement of our interests, we are launching our website, sfenuf.org on June 1, 2012.  Once the technology is in place, we will begin to gather data for our master parking plan. The release date on the survey will be forthcoming.

Neighborhood groups filled an appeal, a public meeting was called, the SFMTA backed off, and promised to work with us on a more palatable plan to control traffic and enhance parking in our neighborhoods. ENUF members spent considerable time and effort creating a web site and designing a survey to track the parking patterns of our residents so we could meet their needs and fulfill our promise to SFMTA.

Subsequent remarks, comments and interviews coming from SFMTA, lead us to believe they intended to proceed with minimally changed plans to eliminate existing parking spaces while continuing to claim we need more parking meters to calm traffic and increase parking availability.  The recent outrage over such issues as Sunday parking meter enforcement, spying buses, impossible to decipher signs, and really hard to fathom traffic manipulation projects like the debacle in Golden Gate Park, have attracted a widening range of public anger.

The money questions are most disturbing. The media is just starting to touch the surface of that mystery. On metermadness.wordpress.com we try to track as much of the press as we can, but it is hard to keep up with the number of issues that have arisen in recent weeks. We will attempt a list later.

This week we had some good news. District Supervisors are taking notice of residents’ complaints, and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce has voiced concerns that increased stress on drivers may hurt our delicately recovering local economy.

Even with promises of support from our city officers and endorsement of a slowdown of meter enforcement from other important players, ENUF is not backing off on our work. We plan to continue working on our parking management plans and outreach to ensure the needs of our residents and businesses are met. We invite over neighborhoods to work on their plans and offer assistance where we can provide it.

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SFMTA Puts More Time in Meter Plan

Keith Burbank : potreroview.net – excerpt

Anti-parking meter advocates appear to have won a victory in their efforts to slow-down plans to blanket parts of Dogpatch, Mission, and Potrero Hill with high-tech parking meters.  In a letter to a citizens group spearheading anti-meter efforts, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) director Ed Reiskin said the agency “may delay when we begin engagement with the 12th & Folsom areaЙat present the agency does not plan to revise the order for outreach to the other areas.”  For now, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, and the Mission will not be part of the Mission Bay parking pilot because of citizen concerns about the plan, Reiskin said in his letter.  Reiskin’s correspondence was in response to a request by the Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF) to reschedule meter-related outreach efforts over a longer time period.

The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce joined ENUF in opposing SFMTA’s parking meter plan, though the chamber’s president and chief executive officer, Steven B. Falk, said in a newsletter that “demand-sensitive parking charges can provide new revenue for transit services.”  The business group recommended that the City study a regional congestion pricing model, and work with other organizations to alleviate traffic congestion.  In the same newsletter, Falk wrote that SFMTA’s policies may be “‘driving’ employees, employers and customers out of San Francisco…”

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Since the advent of the SFMTA encroachment by parking meters and limited parking hours, we are aware of few citizen complaints over traffic. The conversation has centered almost entirely on the parking problems.

 

Could the following Newswire review have anything to do with the Chamber’s position?

 

U.S. Travel Association: San Mateo County Travel Tax Will Hurt Economy

“The latest proposed travel tax hikes in San Mateo County (Bay Area), CA will damage the local economy, make San Francisco International Airport (SFO) less competitive, and generate far less revenue than county officials estimate, according to a new economic impact study released by the U.S. Travel Association.

Economists found that SFO could lose 100,000 vehicle rentals a year if just one of the measures were to pass…”

Joe Lacob on parking at proposed San Francisco arena at Piers 30-32

Steve Berman

Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob talks about, the parking situation at the proposed new arena in San Francisco on The Embarcadero at Piers 30-32. Lacob estimates that 700 parking spaces would exist at the site of the new arena, if it gets built.

The subject of parking comes up early in most plans.

Why Parking Sucks in San Francisco

Posted by: on: May 16 2012 • Categorized in: Life in San Francisco – excerpt

“My wife and I took a trip to the local produce market and realized something about San Francisco when you go shopping. Parking sucks. After a trip to Costco the other day where they expect you to make large purchases, ergo vans, trucks and SUV’s I understand why now. San Francisco doesn’t understand that cars have gotten bigger…

Two SUV’s parked next to each other is a real comedy of errors to watch because the people are trying to be very careful getting out of the car without slamming their door into the car next to them and it’s even more fun to watch when there are people in both cars because they end up in a stare down waiting to see who hits the other car first. I’d love to say I have a good answer for this, but that’s not my job. That’s the job of the Board of Supervisors to handle and last time I checked I wasn’t one of them.”

May 22, 2012: (more) On parking:

“…There is more parking here than there is there. That’s a fact. We have the studies. It’s one thing for the media to make the statement but you need to have the facts. We have the facts, just ask us for the facts and we’ll give you the facts. Here’s the issue. The Giants have Lot A. It’s the only real parking they have, 2,000 spaces. They’ve built out all of that, they’re going to have a parking structure replace that. It works for them. But 2,000 spaces roughly for 40,000 people that go to the game. We’re going to have on a relative basis the same thing here. We’ll have, in fact, more than that. And, in fact, if you do the parking study, now I’m not saying 2,000 spaces I’m saying we’re going to have on a relative basis. We’ll have 700 spaces, we think, on this site, we’ll have some more neighboring..” (more)

Citizens Demand More Time to Evaluate SFMTA’s Meter Proposal

By Keith Burbank : Potrero View – excerpt

“Anti-parking meter advocates from Potrero Hill, Dogpatch and the Mission agree with the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency (SFMTA) that individual parking plans tailored for each neighborhood must be worked out separately. But advocates — organized as the Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF) — want the three plans to be jointly approved because all three neighborhoods share the same concerns and “a better parking management plan in Potrero Hill will help our neighbors in the Mission …” said Tony Kelly, an ENUF spokesman. According to Kelly, City agencies “often try to divide-and-conquer neighborhoods and opponents when attempting to force controversial projects. We feel we are stronger when we are together.” ENUF is also concerned that SFMTA’s primary goal in deploying meters is to raise revenues, rather than improve parking management…

Questions remain about the immediate need for parking management interventions. Two mid-day, middle of the week, informal surveys of Dogpatch and Mission Bay conducted by the View indicated that sufficient parking was available, though finding a spot in Dogpatch can take several minutes, depending on the block.”

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Never Assume You Know Everything About Yellow Meters

By David LaBua : 7×7.com – excerpt

Parking Guru David says:

“…A yellow meter, it’s only 4:30, yellow meters are loading zones until 6 pm and I don’t want to deal with getting towed.  But, if I keep looking, I’m going to be late.

There are 3 courses of action one might see as options in this situation:

1) Consider if this date/meeting is potentially worth $450, park at the yellow meter if it is, and spin the AutoReturn roulette wheel

2) Park at the yellow meter, take a can of matte gray spray paint, and perform some parking meter alchemy

3) Park at the yellow meter, put in your money, and go about your business worry free, with a smirk, knowing that you are in on a little secret that is hidden in plain sight.

You’ll take option 3?  Good choice. The assumption that most people make is that a yellow meter is in effect until 6 pm.  And what did your driving instructor always tell you about assuming?

The little secret is that many yellow meters, like the ones on Chestnut Street, are only in effect until 1 pm…and some in other parts of the City only until 11 am.”
For more secrets hidden in plain sight, click here.

THANKS for that tip David!

http://www.7×7.com/arts-culture/never-assume-you-know-everything-about-yellow-meters

JJ MacKay unveils meters with new electronic pay features

J.J. MacKay Canada in Abercrombie unveiled two new parking meters Friday that not only accept wireless transactions, but also track the meter’s activity on an Internet site….

The company has sold more than 500,000 fully electronic parking meter mechanisms worldwide to locations such as Hong Kong, Miami, Chicago, Ottawa, Vancouver, Westminster, New York and San Francisco to name a few….

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Procuring new parking meter designs seems to be the only thing SFMTA is any good at these days. Leads one to wonder why they recently claimed there are “only two kinds of parking meters.” at a recent Mission Bay Meeting. Was that for a day or two before they found this latest treasure?

Mission Bay parking planning community meeting

I’d like to invite you to join the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) at our second Mission Bay parking planning community meeting. We will discuss the revised plans for parking management in the neighborhood and gather public input. As Mission Bay evolves, we need to ensure that everyone on the road—cars, buses, bicycles, and pedestrians—can travel safely and smoothly.

Mission Bay parking planning community meeting, Mission Creek Park Pavilion, 290 Channel Street, one block west of 4th and Channel Streets
Saturday, June 16   3-3:30 p.m. – Open House
3:30-4:30 p.m. – Public Comments (sign up by 3:20 p.m.)

The SFMTA seeks public input on the following:

  1. Special event pricing to better manage parking demand during large events like Giants games and reduce congestion.
  2. Extended meter hours to open up evening parking, particularly during evening games. This is separate from the SFMTA’s citywide Sunday metering proposal.
  3. New meter installation schedule for meters approved in 2002, which will have SFpark demand-responsive pricing to ensure an optimum level of open parking spaces as Mission Bay grows.

Before this upcoming meeting, I will send you an updated Mission Bay parking management plan. During the open house section of the meeting, attendees can review plan details, talk directly with project planners, and submit written feedback. The public comment period follows.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Mission Bay parking planning
CLICK HERE for directions to the meeting venue, including nearby public transit

Please feel free to email us if you have any questions about the location or the project.
You can also stay up to date via Twitter and Facebook.
Thank you for your continued interest in this project.
Best regards,
Ed Reiskin
Director of Transportation
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)

Note: the meeting location is accessible to persons using wheelchairs and others with disabilities. Assistive listening devices, materials in alternative formats, American Sign Language interpreters and other accommodations will be made available upon request to ParkingPlanning@SFMTA.com. Providing at least 72 hours’ notice will help to ensure availability.

Memorial Day Weekend In San Francisco: Your Guide To Can’t-Miss Events (PHOTOS)


Can’t get to events. SFMTA and Caltrans are outdoing themselves this weekend by closing down as many bridges and regular transit routes as they can, while inviting people to take the reduced public transit to somehow get to one of the most crowded spots in the bay to experience fireworks on the Golden Gate Bridge. They promise no parking, less than normal transit, and crowded bridges. Your best bet is to climb a hill in Marin or get on a boat. Otherwise prepare for a long walk home at 10 PM on Sunday or watch it on TV.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Sunday parking meter plan decried, defended

 Rachel Gordon : CityInsider : SFGate

San Francisco’s transportation chief defended his plan to start charging at curbside meters on Sundays in the face of concerns raised by city supervisors and criticism  by local pastors.

As we know by now, “Ed Reiskin, top executive of the deficit-plagued San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, said Thursday that the plan to extend meter operations to seven days a week is driven both by the need to generate more revenue…”

For those of you who disagree with SFMTA on what our city needs, here is the list of those who support your side:

“Supervisor Scott Wiener said he understands the policy reasons but is still troubled by the prospect.”… Supervisors Malia Cohen and Carmen Chu who serve on the committee with Wiener also said they were uneasy with the prospect of Sunday meters operations.”… “Rev. Cecil Williams of Glide Church, the Rev. Amos Brown, president of the local NAACP chapter, and the Rev. Robert Lucas, who serves as president of the San Francisco Baptist Ministers Council… “Plenty of small business owners are upset…

“Officially, the only way supervisors can block the plan is if they reject the agency’s entire two-year budget proposal, which amounts to $821 million in the new fiscal year that starts July 1 and $845.5 million the year after that.

While the supervisors on the budget committee made no threats that they would try to do that, they did strongly suggest that Reiskin rethink the plan as the budget moves through the approval process.”

Supervisors will continue public debate on the meter proposal next month.

(More) author email at the bottom of the article. Leaves your comments to show support for more on this subject.