Supervisors Pass Breed’s Bill to Loosen Some Parking Mandates

by : sf.streetsblog – excerpt

The Board of Supervisors yesterday unanimously passed an ordinance removing some of SF’s 1950s-era parking mandates.

The “Parking Flexibility Ordinance,” drafted by Supervisors President London Breed and Livable City, will make it easier for building owners and developers to avoid building car parking when it would impinge on the street environment for walking, bicycling, and transit. It would also count parking spaces against density limits, unless they’re built underground.

The ordinance adds to the city’s efforts in recent years to relax strict parking minimums. Among the host of reasons to do away with parking minimums: They generate motor vehicle traffic and make it more costly to build housing… (more)

San Francisco Goes Low-Tech To Warn Drivers Of Towing Rules At Metered Spaces

 By Julie Watts : sanfrancisco.cbslocal – excerpt – (audio track)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Parking in San Francisco can be confusing, and expensive if your car gets towed.  So, the city is placing stickers on meters to make it easier for drivers to determine when it’s okay to park in certain spaces.

Parking signs are blamed for many of the cars that get towed in the city, something Sarah Stockton has known for years…

“Merchants and residents, they wanted more information about when the tow hours were, and we came up with these decals to give more information to people parking in that area,” San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Spokesman Paul Rose said.

The SFMTA says it’s too soon to know if the stickers are working, but Stockton says she sees the difference.  She only sees cars getting towed “a couple times a week.”… (more)

Voting on SFMTA contract for armed private security guards postponed

By Bay City News : kron4 – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) – The San Francisco Board of Supervisors postponed a vote today to approve a $38 million contract for private security guards for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency because the contracts include $7 million for guards armed with handguns who are required to receive only 16 hours of training.

A number of the supervisors, including David Campos, Malia Cohen and Jane Kim, said that armed guards with limited training in heavily trafficked public transit areas may present a public safety hazard and doesn’t align with the city’s values… (more)