As filing deadline passes, San Francisco supervisor races take shape

By: Joshua Sabatini : SFExaminer – excerpt

The players are finalized and all that remains now is the drama over who will emerge in November to serve on the Board of Supervisors for the next four years.
There are six open seats on the 11-member board, and after Friday’s 5 p.m. filing deadline there was little in the way of surprises. Perhaps the biggest suspense was whether a serious challenger would emerge to take on board President David Chiu, who represents District 3, which includes Chinatown and North Beach…

While Chiu won’t have those scrapes, he is facing upset hopefuls in architect Joseph Butler, who runs a private firm, and Marc Bruno, who just sued The City over Muni’s Central Subway project. Both candidates are taking on an incumbent who has already amassed $147,000 in campaign donations. Both men gave similar reasons for running: More attention needs to be given to the needs of residents.
“David is just not an on-the-street kind of guy,” Bruno said. “He’s well-intentioned, but he’s a technocrat.”
Butler said there is the need for a “neighborhood up government.”

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San Francisco eager to simplify parking program’s current jumble of zones

By: Will Reisman : SFExaminer – excerpt

The City’s residential parking program, in place for more than 35 years, could be in line for a major overhaul.

Designed to keep out-of-town commuters from parking all day in residential neighborhoods, the program lets permit holders park on city streets for 72 hours without having to move their vehicles. Since it was created in 1976, the program has evolved to include 27 zones of varying sizes spread unevenly throughout San Francisco.

As part of its strategic plan, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which regulates parking, is pursuing ways to make the program more uniform and streamlined…

Tony Kelly, a Potrero Hill resident who has established a community group to protest parking policies in eastern neighborhoods, said removing the grass-roots element of the residential parking program could be troublesome.

“If the SFMTA is in charge, they’re going to reverse-engineer their findings from community outreach to match their policies,”  Kelly said. “It’s the same approach they’re taking with parking meters, and we can clearly see that’s not working.”…

The SFMTA will discuss policy reforms at its Board of Directors meeting later this month. The reforms will be part of a larger overall effort to review current parking policies and determine how they need to be shaped for the future—which will include a large emphasis on The City’s long-enshrined transit-first philosophy…

Finding 
a spot

  1. 1976: Year residential parking program was established
  2. 27: Residential parking zones in S.F.
  3. 61,556: Residential parking permits
  4. $104: Annual fee for residential parking permit

 

Candidates for District 5 supe debate

By Rachel Gordon : SFGate – excerpt

The battle for supervisor in San Francisco’s famously liberal District Five enclave that includes the Haight-Ashbury has the candidates scrambling for the title of most progressive.
That much was clear last week in the political season’s first District Five debate leading up to the Nov. 6 election.

There, in the packed basement meeting room of the Park Branch Library, the eight hopefuls talked up their support for rent control, bike lanes, access to medical marijuana and the use of community policing and social services to combat crime.
Hold up the proposed massive California Pacific Medical Center development until there’s a long-term commitment to keep St. Luke’s Hospital open? Check. Keep chain stores from moving in? Steer more funding into the struggling Muni transit system? Check and check.
Only one candidate who took the microphone, political unknown Daniel Everett, strayed from the pack when he seemed to pivot just about every issue toward his plea for more parking and fewer meters – a position that drew a smattering of hisses and chuckles from the otherwise cordial crowd.

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What’s in a Parking Brand?

By BRETT WOOD, P.E. : blog.parking.org – excerpt

Can you name many parking programs off the top of your head? Maybe the one you work for?
If you pay close attention to the industry, you know SFpark. They have been at the forefront of the parking technology revolution for a few years now. But it’s more than their robust approach to parking management that makes them famous; it’s their brand and the way they present themselves to both the San Francisco community and the parking industry. They developed an iconography and brand that announces to the parker that it’s safe and easy to park when you see the SFpark logo. And even beyond that, they expanded their brand into a marketing and education campaign that compliments the programs mission and goals. See the print version here, and the video they developed here

We will let you draw your own conclusions about this kind of activity that our Mayor and District Supervisors are supporting when the approve the SFMTA budget. Of course they are passing the bill onto us for these grandiose schemes that have nothing to do with fixing the Muni or balancing Muni’s budget.