San Francisco Officials Looking to Simplify Current Parking Program

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist : nlslimo.com –  excerpt

San Francisco’s residential parking program has been in place for more than 35 years, but city officials are considering a major overhaul to make the system work better for everyone…
Bose and the SFMTA are working with city planners and neighborhood groups to find a better solution than the current model, a process that is expected to take at least two years...

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This is a good reason to fill out the neighborhood surveys and RPP Applications. Sonali Bose is quoted here as saying they “working with city planners and neighborhood groups to find a better solution than the current model” and the process is expected to take at least two years.

 

San Francisco Marks 65th Year Of Parking Meters

Parick Sedillo : Yahoonews – excerpt

On August 21 st , 1947, the first parking meter was installed on San Francisco city streets. Patrick Sedillo takes a look at how the meters and the fines have changed…

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San Francisco Worst City? Los Angeles Transplant’s Five Reasons Why SF Is ‘The Worst Awesome City In America’ (PHOTOS)


Most San Francisco residents and visitors would say the worst thing about San Francisco is the traffic and parking nightmare that we blame on the SFMTA. After being given the authority to fix the Muni and balance the Muni budget SFMTA has found a zillion other things to do and made a huge mess of our lives in the process of driving up Muni’s debt.

SFMTA is out of control and the citizens are ready to revolt. They are not happy with the Central Subway, and the parking meters and no parking signs going up all over the city. Citizens want more parking spots, not less. Petitions are being prepared to convince city authorities that they do not intend to live on BMW cars shares and parking privileges alone.

In case you have been on the moon and are not aware yet, San Francisco has been chosen to unveil BMW’s new electric car in the US as a $90 a day car-share that comes with a parking app and parking rights in certain spots near Muni stops. How long will these cute little electric vehicles survive in SF’s construction zone? Does BMW’s deal include immunity from bus tickets and tow zones? Some drivers will prefer to park near their destination instead of at a Muni stop. Can’t see many BMW drivers taking the bus, and, you can’t get a cab now that they are controlled by SFMTA.

Stay tuned for updates on http://www.metermadness.wordpress.com
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Sign petition asking SFMTA to remove anti-Palestinian ads

ACTION ALERT : ampalestine.org – excerpt

(CHICAGO 08/14/2012) –— The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) is working with a coalition of civil rights organizations that oppose new ads that appeared on MUNI buses in San Francisco last week that calls Palestinians ‘savages.’…
TAKE ACTION The Transportation Authority is set to meet next Tuesday, Aug. 21, to take up the matter again. We must present them a unified voice that Gellar’s ad crosses the line and ventures into hate speech that could incite violence.
A petition condemning the ads is being circulated and will be presented at the hearing. Please sign the petition and share it with your friends.
http://www.change.org/petitions/commissioner-join-us-in-condemning-ads-that-are-hate-speech-and-promote-violence
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Related:
CAIR-CA: Groups Cautiously Welcome SFMTA Response to anti-Palestinian and Islamophobic Advertisements

Sign if you think you should. This is not a recommendation. This is an announcement only.

SFMTA ruling might cost cabbies

By: Will Reisman : SFExaminer.com – excerpt

A controversial proposal to reform how The City issues its taxi operating permits will be up for approval today, despite the recent mass resignations from an industry advisory board.
For the past two years, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which regulates cabs in The City, has run a pilot program that allows cabbies to sell their medallions for $250,000 to prospective drivers…
The SFMTA has now offered up a full-time replacement program.
“For 34 years, there was a written promise that if you were a good boy and waited your turn, you’d get a medallion,” said Rich Hybels, owner of Metro Cab. “Now, the SFMTA is using the plan solely to suck money out of the industry.”
Under the new program, the cost of purchasing taxi medallions would increase to $300,000 and the minimum age for selling one would be reduced from 65 to 60. But the major sticking point for the industry is the SFMTA’s plan to collect a 50 percent transfer fee from the sales, up from the pilot program’s 15 percent.
Hybels is one of seven members of The City’s Taxi Advisory Council — established to inform the SFMTA board of directors about industry recommendations — who resigned from the 14-person body in protest of the proposal. The council made a unanimous recommendation that the SFMTA should receive no profits from medallion sales. Hybels said the SFMTA refused to consider the recommendation.
“While it’s disappointing that these individuals stepped down on the eve of such an important discussion, we will continue to work with the industry as we improve taxi service, conditions for our drivers and the overall transportation network,” said SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose.
Athan Rebelos, the general manager at DeSoto Cab, said the $300,000 price tag is a reasonable rate. But he said the 50 percent transfer fee to the SFMTA is too high.
“Nobody should be paying a tax that high,” Rebelos said. “This proposal seemed to come completely out of left field.”
Malcolm Heinicke, an SFMTA board member, said medallions are public assets and money from sales should benefit the public. Heinicke said the agency has partnered with a credit union to finance loans so drivers can afford to purchase medallions.
Along with taking a cut from driver-to-driver medallion sales, the SFMTA also has sold medallions directly to drivers in the past two years, making more than $20 million. And an additional $3.1 million has been diverted to a cabdrivers fund. However, Hybels said, the agency hasn’t made efforts to curb illegal taxis.
The SFMTA board of directors is scheduled to vote on the proposal today. If approved, the agency projects to receive $14 million from medallion sales over the next two years.
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Aside from the 50% tax which the SFMTA seems to think is a reasonable rate, the math is highly suspicious. How can they claim to make $20 million dollars over the past two years at 250K per medallion, but expect to make only $14 million dollars over the next two years after increasing the price to 300K per medallion? What is the point in raising the costs if they expect lower profits?

What is NOT a public asset? This is one of those terms we are hearing constantly now whenever the SFMTA wants to impose a new tax, fee, or fine.

Surveying all SF neighborhoods on parking

By popular demand, the ENUF Parking Plan Survey is now extended to include all San Francisco neighborhoods.
Neighborhood Parking Surveys in 3 languages are here ENUF-parking survey
We have created separate surveys for residents and business owners. You should fill out a residential survey for the neighborhood in which you reside, and a business survey for the neighborhood your business is in. One survey per business please, to track the parking habits of your employees, customers and clients, and vendors…
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Be sure to fill out the surveys.

Big Surprise: Not Everyone a Fan of Parklet’s Growing Popularity

by Sally Kuchar : SFCurbed – excerpt

Parklets, parking spots that are turned into public parks by private citizens or businesses, is a San Francisco speciality that’s not going away any time soon. There are currently 33 parklets you can visit in the city, and 15 more are in the design process. There’s also a really long waiting list for folks wanting to get in on the action. Sounds great, right? Turning a parking spot into a public park. Maybe not, says KTVU. The local news station reports that some drivers aren’t stoked about the lack of parking in dense areas like the Mission. Some drivers (all who were quoted were not San Francisco residents) said that the city should limit the growth of the program….
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FMTA is hardly going to discourage a highly profitable venture such as selling off parking spaces, but, customers who disapprove can show their displeasure by spending their money elsewhere.

Parking plan at LGBT senior housing disputed

By: Carolyn Copeland : SFExaminer.com – excerpt

The San Francisco Planning Commission has approved The City’s first low-income housing development for LGBT seniors, but some members of the surrounding community say it will attract too much traffic to the already congested neighborhood.
The development at 55 Laguna St. is part of a larger construction project that will fill about 6 acres of land. The development will include 330 market-rate units and 110 units for low-income LGBT seniors. A public park, community center and community garden will also be built on the site, along with 310 underground parking spaces…
“While we encourage public transportation, but a lot of people don’t feel comfortable using it and want to drive their own car,” said Planning Commissioner Michael Antonini. “It’s unrealistic to assume that just because a certain percentage of the project is earmarked for seniors, they’re not going to have cars. A lot of seniors need to drive because their mobility is compromised.”…
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Seniors drive for many reasons and all of them do not live in planned senior community centers. All of them deserve equal consideration.

BMW revs up car sharing, parking in S.F.

By Michael Cabanatuan, Rachel Gordon : SFGate – excerpt

BMW is shifting into a higher gear in San Francisco, drifting away from simply selling fancy and pricey cars.
Now you can pay BMW to borrow a car to run an errand across town or to find and reserve a parking space.
At a City Hall press conference Monday, BMW officials joined Mayor Ed Lee and city environmental officials to announce two programs meant to establish the German luxury carmaker’s credentials as a company that supports sustainability as well as to broaden its reach into other parts of the transportation market…
More information is available at www.drive-now.com. Drivers can sign up to be e-mailed more information on the parking program at www.park-now.com
Ad copy reads, “Carry your parking spot with you.”
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How much of Lee and Reiskin’s time is devoted to producing these deals? and how much will the city make?
Ad copy reads, “Carry your parking spot with you.” BMW plans to start selling the electric cars within a year or two, meanwhile they get to test them out as rentals.
Tracking the soem of he promotions for BMW’s new ActivE electric cars, and the $90/day BMW car shares that come with DriveNow and ParkNow:

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