How is This Official SFGov SFMTA Red-Painted Parking Space Labelled “CAR SHARE” If It’s Only for Avis RENTAL CAR?

sfcitizen – excerpt

Help me out here, Gentle Reader. This formerly public parking space is now a private parking space, one that’s being rented out to Avis Rent a Car System, LLC, aka the Avis Budget Group.

But Avis isn’t actually “sharing” cars with you, it’s renting cars to you, right?

Is this what they call “framing?” Why is the SFMTA “framing” issues for Avis this way? Was Ron Conway involved with this? David Chiu?… (more)

What separates the “sharing” economy from the rental industry? When you pay for use by time, isn’t that a rental? When is the policy of picking winners and losers contract interference? Is a government agency allowed to discriminate in ways a private entity cannot?

California drivers could face new $52-a-year fee

By Melody Gutierrez : sfgate – excerpt

SACRAMENTO — California drivers would pay a new “road user” fee to help fund $2 billion in annual road repairs under a plan unveiled Wednesday by state Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins.

At about $52 per year per car, the road user charge would generate an estimated $1.8 billion a year. Atkins said it has not yet been decided how the fee would be collected.

A road charge advisory committee is working on recommendations for the best method of collecting new revenue for roadways as taxes collected at the pump drop due to more fuel-efficient cars. Alternative ideas include per-mile charges, vehicle license fees or fees on car insurance bills.

“California cannot have a strong middle class or a thriving economy if our roadways are congested and people and goods cannot move efficiently throughout the state,” said Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego. “The Assembly is stepping up and proposing $10 billion for transportation infrastructure — $2 billion per year over the next five years — starting in 2015-16.”…

“Every year we don’t invest in the roads, the cost of repairing our roads due to lack of short-term investments exponentially rises,” said Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, who is the Assembly’s representative on the California Road Charge Pilot Program Technical Advisory Committee debating the best way to collect a new road fee… (more)

So let’s punish drivers for using less gas, which is what the goal was to start with. Less gas, less pollution. More demand for less cars. How exactly is this going to work?

We will have to start licensing bikes and charging cyclists for their use of the roads as they grow in numbers. Let’s require them to purchase insurance as well. Maybe having the threat of their insurance rates going up will convince them to follow the rules of the road and everyone will be safer.

Strong voices on parking

By Todd Dills : overdriveonline – excerpt – (audio track)

Dave Della Maggiore, who drives for Gooding, Idaho-based D&D Transportation, played a part in the Wall Street Journal’s recent coverage of the quite succinctly encapsulated “Too Many Trucks, Too Little Parking” issue out on the nation’s roads, a perennial concern for truckers finally getting the mainstream attention it deserves…

On Ask the Trucker Live he made note of “how this little article,” he said, has been received around the nation in quarters in- and outside the industry — many thought truckers “were just blowing steam” with parking complaints, he said, but there’s more to it than that, as you know. With the economy picking up some of the last couple years following the decline, there’s even less in the way of solid parking for a growing volume of trucks hauling freight. “We’re really getting in a bind.”…

The issue is compounded by the growing use of electronic logging devices, which put more pressure on the driver to truly plan ahead for parking, easy enough if you’ve been to a destination before. But, as Della Maggiore acknowledged to the Smiths, “When you get to a place you don’t know, that’s when you can get into a bind” in the search for parking, depending on how long you’re delayed at the load/unload site….

“I get the whole problem — land availability, public land, private land, public funds, private funds, state, federal, local money from different departments, private but pay to park… — and it is complex; but this Schnizzle don’t Fizzle, folks. Makes me not care if the fine folks in the City by the Bay have any chicken to go with their Rice-a-Roni or not. I just don’t want to come here in my big pretty when they won’t let me park it close.”… (more)

This story proves how just insane the anti-motorists movement is is becoming. Trucks already pay the major costs of keeping up the roads and highways and that costs is added onto all the products they haul. The best way to fight pollution is to make trips as easy and possible, not to force them people to drive around looking for parking. You especially don’t want semis driving aimlessly.

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