Transit Lovers Oppose Mayor Ed Lee’s Move to Make Parking Free on Sunday Again

By Erin Sherbert : sfweekly – excerpt

Remember how pissed you were when the city decided to start charging drivers to park at meters on Sundays — the one day of parking freedom?

Well, that’s kinda how transit people feel about Mayor Ed Lee’s recent call undo all that and let everyone enjoy free parking on Sundays again. The Transit Riders Union has started a petition opposing the Mayor’s opposition to metered parking on Sundays.

So if you have thoroughly enjoyed shelling out more money the past year for parking, go ahead and sign the petition. On that note, you’ll probably be delighted to know that drivers have to pay for parking today even though it’s MLK Day(more)

Why do cyclists care about six hours of free Sunday parking? They are the ones who started the petition and protest and claim support of Muni riders and “pedestrians”, (as if we aren’t all pedestrian).
Unlike cyclists, people opposed to Sunday enforcement don’t have to run down to city hall to scream and protest. We merely point to the current condition of the streets and reports that accidents are on the rise, to prove that street diets and the war on cars has failed to produce safer streets.
The rise in unruly behavior noted by many is the result of a lot of frustrated people who no longer play by the rules because nobody knows the rules. Before we had freely flowing traffic and an easy going city with polite individuals. Now have a lot of pent up anger and individual animosity acting out on city streets.
It is time to end the war on cars, which is about as popular as the war on drugs. If you feel as we do, consider signing the Stop SFMTA petition:

And if you already signed the petition, write a letter to the Mayor and supervisors thanking them for their support.

Hate Parking Tickets? Fixed Fights Them In Court For You

by : techcrunch – excerpt

Up to 50 percent of parking tickets are dismissed when fought in court, but it takes knowledge and time to do it. New app Fixed will do it for you. Take a photo of your ticket, Fixed contests it, and if it’s dismissed, you pay Fixed 25 percent of the ticket price. If Fixed loses, you pay it nothing, so there’s nothing to lose. Fixed just launched in San Francisco, but wants to fight tickets nationwide.

David Hegarty started Fixed after paying four parking tickets one morning only to come to his car and find two more. “The tickets were complete bullshit, and I knew they had been erroneously issued,” he tells me…

The idea was so popular that Fixed filled up its early beta group in SF almost as soon as it launched its site, but you can sign up for the waiting list now…

In the meantime, it will have to compete with clumsier web-based services and ParkingTicketGuys. Scaling will be a serious challenge, and the company could run into trouble dealing with city governments. “They’ve seen parking fines as a cash cow that they milked from motorists,” Hegarty says. “If we start helping the motorist fight back, we don’t know how they’ll react.”…

$64 tickets (in SF) for not re-parking your car at 6 a.m. every other day seems a bit outrageous. If cities want to hammer people with expensive tickets, they should have to make parking rules clear and enforce them fairly. If they don’t, Hegarty says Fixed is “here to restore a little bit of justice to your day.”… (more)

This story is making it around the media. We waited till we saw a link to what appears to be a legit site to add it to our files. Here it is. Check it out and report back.

A lot of people are asking about taking ticket cases to court.  Yes, you can sue the city because the city is a corporation. There is a growing list of successes in lawsuits against city where parking and badly written tickets are concerned. One is scheduled to settle today. There are some attorneys who will take the city on when the appeals process fails.

Find out why is the appeals process is handled by the institution that hands out the tickets?

Sunday parking meters, transit issues take center stage with Ed Lee’s proposals

by : sfexaminer – excerpt

The potentially difficult task of convincing voters to increase the vehicle license fee has thrust Sunday parking meters and other transit-related debates into the forefront this year.
Mayor Ed Lee is calling for an end to Sunday enforcement while drumming up support for a transportation revenue bond and a vehicle license fee increase for the November ballot. The mayor also wants free Muni for low-income youths to be a permanent fixture. The 18-month pilot, which launched last year, cost $1.6 million.
During his State of the City address Friday, Lee said that with November revenue measures it was time to do away with Sunday meter enforcement, which began in January 2013…
Lee’s support for a $500 million bond for the November ballot and an increase in the vehicle license fee, from 0.65 percent to 2 percent to generate $73 million annually, was recommended by a transportation task force he assembled.
The mayor acknowledged that asking voters to approve the fee increase was an “uphill battle,” especially with the existing high cost of living in The City… (more)

Be sure to email Mayor Ed Lee and the other city officials to let them know how pleased you are to hear about the return of free Sunday parking.