CEQA appeal filed by opponents of free Sunday parking

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The History:

After receiving n a negative CEQA ruling by the Planning Commission, the SFMTA Board decided  it could suspend enforcement of Sunday meters for the two year budget cycle beginning July 1st.

Mario Tanev and James Birkelund, on behalf of Livable City and the SF Transit Riders Union, filed a appeal to the CEQA ruling on May 15, 2014, to stop the revocation of Sunday parking enforcement.

Where it stands:

The SFMTA’s FY2-15-2016 Two-Year Capital Budget provides for a statutory exemption for the establishment, modification or restructuring of rates, tolls, fares, and/or charges.

The Board must act prior to passing the SFMTA’s proposed budget, thumbs up or thumbs down.

If the Board sustains the appeal, then Sunday meter enforcement continues indefinitely, and the green light is there for them to go to evening meter enforcement, as advocated by Cheryl Brinkman at the SFMTA Board meeting on April 15th.

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Parking Permits Available for Child Caregivers – but not teachers

By Sasha Lekach : potreroview.net – excerpt

In a city known to be less than friendly to families, there’s at least one perk that households with means and a bit of organizing skills can take advantage of: permitted street parking for a nanny or babysitter. San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) offers residential parking passes for caregivers responsible for a child or children under 12 years old. The permits are available regardless of where the nanny lives or where their car is registered. 

There’s a hitch, however. Permit-seekers must secure approval from at least 10 households on blocks where there are 20 or more residential units, provide birth certificates for the children for whom care is being provided, as well as proof of residency and other paperwork. On streets with 19 or fewer residences, at least half the addresses must agree to the permit system. Once authorized, the transferable parking permit is counted as one of four allowed per address, at a cost of $109 each annually…

According to Giada Barbini, office manager at the La Scuola Italian International School in Dogpatch, the permitted parking exemption doesn’t have a wide enough reach. She said teachers and staff at the 20th Street school don’t qualify as child caretakers and aren’t area residents. Parking is a major issue… (more)

‘Temporary’ No Parking Signs Stay Up For 4 Years In San Francisco Construction Zones

by Brian Webb : cbslocal – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX)–In a city where parking is one of the hottest commodities, construction crews are hogging street-side parking with temporary “No Parking” signs for weeks, months, and even as long a four years, forcing those who actually own homes here to walk several blocks just to get to their front door.

In one construction site found by KPIX 5 at 26th Avenue and California in the Richmond district, signs prohibit parking from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., six days a week.

“It’s gotten very frustrating for a lot of us in the neighborhood,” said a neighbor who was worried about giving out his name for fear of creating a feud… (more)

SF supervisors may defy mayor on transit funding measure

By Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt

San Francisco’s vehicle license fee would go from 0.65 percent of a vehicle’s value to 2 percent under a proposal designed to raise funds for Muni and other transportation programs.

San Francisco likes to bill itself as a transit-first city, and it could have the chance to invest $1 billion over the next 15 years in road resurfacing, public-transit capital needs and bicycle safety-focused street projects.

To do that, The City would need to go to the November ballot with a vehicle license fee increase. However, that prospect could be doomed.

With today’s deadline to introduce the measure for the fall election, members of the Board of Supervisors remained in discussions Monday about whether to move ahead with the proposal even though Mayor Ed Lee has already come out against such action… (more)

How about we let the voters weigh in on what they want by putting the Restore Transportation Balance initiative on the ballot. Details are here: http://restorebalance14.org/

Why Muni can’t find good drivers

By sfexaminer – excerpt

There’s a simple explanation for why buses and trains in San Francisco are often late or never show up.

There’s not enough people to drive them.

The San Francisco Municipal Railway has had a chronic shortage of qualified transit operators for several years, which contributes to late or missed runs as well as mounting overtime spending, according to city documents and interviews.

There are about 1,500 transit operators at Muni, which carries about 700,000 passengers a day on the agency’s buses, light-rail vehicles and cable cars.

There should be more.

As of Wednesday there were 266 unfilled operator positions, agency spokesman Paul Rose said, an “ongoing issue” that the SFMTA is trying to correct with a “training surge.”

Muni plans to add training staff and send operators through the training process more quickly, Rose said.

Last week, Muni graduated 25 new operators to full employee status. However, the hundreds of other open jobs have no takers for several reasons: pay, commuting and an ever-tougher working environment, according to interviews with drivers and union officials…

Muni drivers make more than their counterparts in Oakland and San Mateo County, but less than bus drivers in San Jose.

In any event, the starting wage of $18.60 is low by Bay Area standards — San Francisco’s minimum wage could be $15 by 2018 — and the $29.53 maximum hourly salary does not go far in The City…

At the end of May, Muni operators soundly rejected an offer from the SFMTA that would have seen hourly wages rise to over $32 an hour, which would make them the second-highest-paid transit operators in the country.

That offer was coupled with increased employee contributions to pensions, which would have led to a cut in take-home pay, union officials say…. (more)