Parking Permits Available for Child Caregivers – but not teachers

By Sasha Lekach : – 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)