Supervisors Threaten to Reject SFMTA’s Budget Amid Rising Frustration

By Ida Mojadad : sfweekly – excerpt

The Board of Supervisors have little say in SFMTA’s policies, except during budget season.

Supervisors on Monday threatened to wield the only substantial authority they have over the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority: rejecting its budget.

At the Land Use and Transporation Committee meeting on Monday, Supervisors Ahsha Safaí and Aaron Peskin ramped up talk of turning down the agency’s budget, which is up for consideration in the next few weeks. The tactic isn’t unheard of but comes amid rising frustration over SFMTA’s actions. This time, it was over cuts to parking attendants in the 39 city-owned garages…

Peskin and Safaí sought answers about future cuts to parking attendant staff that were largely rebuffed, and now promise to take a close look at the issue as they approve, or disapprove SFTMA’s roughly $1 billion budget.

“This is a situation where an agency that has little, if any oversight…we have the thumbs up or down,” Safaí said about the budget. “More and more, it’s becoming apparent that we’re going to have to exercise that authority.”… (more)

If you agree with Safai and Peskin that the budget should not pass this year as a threat to the SFMTA, you should let your supervisors know. Contacts are here:

True Sake window sign blasts SF meter maids, offers discounted sake with a parking ticket

by Teresa Hammerl : hoodline – excerpt

Four months after True Sake (560 Hayes St.) took aim at a new neighborhood parklet with a window display, the shop is at it again. Its target this go-round: San Francisco’s meter maids…

Hoodline tipster Natalie D. alerted us to the sake shop’s new display, which popped up sometime last week.

The display takes aim at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which monitors cars and distributes parking tickets. The enforcement division was once known as the Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT), though it dropped that moniker when it merged with the SFMTA in 2010.

Featuring sake bottles draped in official SFMTA parking tickets, the sign rebrands the DPT as the “Department of Public Taking.”

“Small business loves cars,” it argues, noting that “cars = customers.” By contrast, the sign alleges, “San Francisco hates cars.”… (more)

Merchants all over town agree and want to stop the SFMTA from killing their business by stopping their programs to remove parking and public access to the streets. Meanwhile, Assemblymember David Chiu is working on a bill AB 516 that would remove the towing option. Would this help the merchants, or will the SFMTA just raise ticket and parking fees? When will residents and business owners join to protect their common interests?