San Francisco citizen finally won a big victory. After years of petitions, complaints, letters and public comments about the SFMTA, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Ordinance: 180089 and are threatening to place a Charter Amendment on the ballot if the SFMTA does not start listening to the public. The ordinance set up a system for appeals of SFMTA Board decisions. People need to be organized and prepared to use the process.


Filing an appeal and winning the battle will depend on an organized neighborhood effort that will require an educated public willing to act. The neighborhood groups can fulfill that need, but they need your help and support to do that.

East Mission Improvement Association (EMIA) is one of the Neighborhood groups in the Mission District that is focused on traffic and parking issues. Contact us for information and assistance with parking and traffic concerns in the Mission.

We will list proposed projects in the Mission District that residents and businesses are concerned about here: sfenuf.net/wp

The history of the movement:

Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF) was born out of concerns over plans to install thousands of parking meters in the North Eastern Neighborhoods. When signs popped up announcing that parking meters were going to to installed all over Potrero Hill, Dogpatch and the Mission District, hundreds of angry citizens showed up at City Hall to protest. Residents and merchants complained about meters in front of their homes and businesses with no notice, discussion or input on their part. Neighborhood groups filed an appeal and the next day the SFMTA withdraw their plans.

Citizens organized a public meeting which was widely attended by Supervisors, SFMTA staff the media, and hundreds of irate residents. Things did not go well for the SFMTA at that meeting and they backtracked from their original plans. At this point they had a foe that was ready to strike back.

Stop SFMTA: ENUF started a petition to Stop SFMTA which put more pressure on the city authorities and gave drivers and car owners a means to direct their anger and personal stories to the city authorities.

Uniting the neighborhoods: SFMTA attempted to divide and conquer by going after one street at a time, but ENUF united all neighborhood residents and merchants and together we were able to convince the Supervisors to limit the expansion of the parking meters in the city, using the one means possible of controlling the SFMTA. They amended the parking meter contract to limit the number of meters purchased. Recently SFMTA gave up enforcement of the Sunday parking meters as well.

ENUF has been credited with starting the fight but now the anger has boiled over to the point that neighborhood groups all over the city are involved.

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Culture of casual corruption faces political reckoning

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

Major DPW reform measures headed for board, and maybe ballot, vote — who is going to line up on the side of the status quo?

The city controller and city attorney released a report this week showing how a lack of oversight and loopholes in ethics laws allowed the culture of corruption to bloom at City Hall.

The report says, in essence, that DPW Director Mohammed Nuru – with the consent of former Mayor Ed Lee and Mayor London Breed – has the ability to issue lucrative contracts to his friends and allies with virtually no public oversight.

Unlike most major city departments, DPA has no commission to provide regular public scrutiny. The director, operating as an appointee of the mayor, can pretty much do whatever they want with public money…

Haney is introducing a series of reforms that would change the way business is done at DPW. From his press statement:

“The Controller’s analysis makes it clear that we need sweeping structural reform in City Hall. We’ve let years of corruption waste taxpayer dollars,” said Haney. “City bureaucrats have awarded millions of dollars in contracts to their friends with no oversight. And in too many cases they’ve gotten kickbacks for themselves under the table. The casual, blatant corruption in our city government goes far beyond Director Nuru. We have to root out the bad actors and change the laws that allow pay-to-play politics,” said Haney…

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