Parking Management Plan Proposed for Potrero Hill’s North Slope

By J. Eric Miller : potreroview – excerpt

he San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has floated a plan to deploy several types of parking management tools on Potrero Hill’s North Slope, including weekday time limits to discourage commuters from leaving their cars and parking meters to offer short-term options for shoppers, visitors, and other daytime users.  If implemented the proposal would impact an array of residential and commercial sites, including the San Francisco Police Department’s De Haro Street facility, Whole Foods, Live Oak School and Jackson Playground.

“We have long known that our neighborhoods have served as parking lots for commuters who walk, bike, or take transit the last mile to their destinations in SoMa or Downtown,’ said J. R. Eppler, Potrero Boosters president “The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority has tracked this data, and we have strong anecdotal and neighborhood survey evidence of this. With the amount of new residents and businesses we are adding to our neighborhood, combined with the Chase Center and new offices in Mission Bay, we are looking for curb restrictions that prioritize parking for people that live, work or shop in the neighborhood.”(more)

This looks like the new neighborhood initiated parking plan program that the Board of Supervisors envisioned when they passed Ordinance 180089. We have Safai and Peskin to thank for this. We trust our new supervisors will continue the program.

District 10 Supervisor Candidates Respond to View’s Questions

Sara Bloomberg : potreroview – excerpt

The View asked the five candidates running for the District 10 Board of Supervisors seat this November the six questions listed below.  Their responses were only lightly edited, mostly for typos. Candidates appear in reverse alphabetical order.

1. The Transportation and Road Improvement bond, Measure A, would allocate $500 million to improve Muni, bicycle and street infrastructure, and pedestrian safety. Do you support this measure?  If it passes in November what would be your funding priorities for District 10? Please identify specific examples.

2. Measure E, “The Soda Tax,” would impose a levy of two cents per ounce on sugar-sweetened drinks sold in San Francisco. Revenue from the tax would fund programs to improve food access, physical fitness, health and nutrition. Bayview-Hunters Point has the City’s highest concentration of diabetes-related emergency room visits, according to the proposed ordinance. Do you support this measure? Why or why not?

3. District 10’s poverty rate is upwards of 18 percent, according to 2010 Census data, compared to the City average of 11 percent. As supervisor, what specific programs and/or policies would you support to help individuals and families emerge from poverty?  Are you in favor of increasing the minimum wage?

4. Are there any specific City expenditures that you believe are wasteful?

5. Do you believe that the taxes and fees San Francisco levies on its residents and businesses are too high, or too low?  Please explain your response.

6. How would you handle the onslaught of development occurring in Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, and Showplace Square?… (more)