$13 An Hour Workers Stressed Out By Extended Parking Meter Hours

by : sfappeal.com – excerpt
Baseball fans aren’t the only folks lining the SFMTA’s pockets with night time meter gold: low paid night-shift workers are also feeling the pinch.
Starting March 4, meters close to AT&T Park have had their hours of operation stretched from the usual 6 PM to until 10 PM from Mondays through Saturdays.
According to the SFMTA, the meters use “demand responsive pricing.” On most days, the meters will cost 25 cents per hour, but will increase up to $7 per hour on evenings there are events at the stadium…
53-year-old custodian Juana Lopez works from 5 PM to 1 AM at a nearby China Basin building for a rate of $13 an hour, they report. Under the previous system, Lopez and her colleagues paid to park at a meter until 6, then would remain for for free for the remainder of their shift.
“It’s very stressful,” Lopez she tells the Chron, saying that she “can’t count on being picked up on time by the two buses that she could take to get to her night job in San Francisco.”
“We don’t know what to do.” (more)

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