San Francisco’s meter madness: No quarter given

San Francisco Business Times – excerpt

With too many vehicles and too little space, San Francisco clearly needs good policies on transit, transportation and parking. The problem comes when ideological vehicles are given the right of way, and reality is forced to pull over.
That’s in danger of happening as the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency resumes plans for a wholesale reordering of street parking, most notably by adding thousands of meters to what are currently “free” parking spaces, and extending to as late as 10 p.m. the hours during which meters must be fed…


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Top San Francisco Officials Get Raises Despite City’s Massive Budget Hole – excerpt

Right now, San Francisco’s budget deficit stands at approximately $170 million. That makes it not exactly the best time politically for a handful of the city’s highest office holders to receive some very public pay raises.

Even though the pay hikes the city’s top elected officials are getting this year only represent a few drops into the city’s vast ocean of debt, they’re symbolically important, as city leaders are increasingly looking into new, highly unpopular, revenue generation measures–such as increasing the cost of parking tickets and operating parking meters on Sundays–and attempting to wring money-saving concessions from unions representing the city’s public sector workers.


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Joshua SabatiniSF Examiner Staff

The salaries of San Francisco’s top elected officials are determined by 2006’s voter-approved Proposition C, which set the salaries of the city’s top half-dozen elected public servants based on what individuals holding similar positions in other municipalities around the Bay Area are paid. (more)

Proposition C (described above) is only one of many bad ideas San Francisco residents have brought upon themselves. Voters have passed a number of propositions that are biting them in the pocketbook.

In 1999 they went for Prop E, which combined Muni and DPT. Prop E was sold as a solution to help finance Muni by adding parking and traffic fines to their coffers. We see how well this has not worked. SFMTA now raids Muni to pay for their other pet projects.

In 2007 Prop “A” passed, which further enriched SFMTA by allowing them to lean on unions and “impose limits on downtown parking meters.” Somehow the concept of “downtown” parking meters has warped into a claim that SFMTA is authorized to install meters in front of every commercial enterprise in town, and since we are full of mixed use neighborhoods, as are most cities, they are merrily sprinkling “smart meters” all over .

The voters have had enuf and are ready to revolt. Stay tuned to for more on that.