Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is doing some pretty extensive renovations on his house in San Francisco, and it’s really annoying his neighbors.Round-the-clock construction work has led to disruptive noise, and no-parking signs have blocked off portions of the street, nearby residents have complained. Parking in this part of the city, near hip Dolores Park, is already notoriously difficult.
According to one neighbor, pairs of people have been spotted sitting in parked cars near Zuckerberg’s house late at night. When one neighbor went to ask what they were doing, several of the people said that they had been hired by the Facebook billionaire to save parking spots for construction workers who would be arriving in the morning… (more)
Do we need any more proof that the privileged few are taking over the city? Do we accept the theory that parking is a privilege not a right? If you do not accept the privilege theory, Vote NO on A and B and Yes on L. Let City Hall know that if they don’t hold the SFMTA accountable the voters will.
The plan to add more parking meters to several San Francisco neighborhoods will receive scrutiny today from a Board of Supervisors committee.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages traffic policies in The City, is looking into the possibility of adding more parking meters in neighborhoods that include the Mission District, Potrero Hill and South of Market. The agency originally proposed to add around 5,000 meters to those neighborhoods, but balked on that project after backlash from local residents…
Transit agency spokesman Paul Rose said the SFMTA has no intention of adding parking meters to any neighborhoods beyond those already identified. He said meters are just one tool the agency is considering for managing traffic in the Mission district and its surrounding neighborhoods. There are no plans to add meters to any residential areas, Rose said… (more)
HAIA’s Alternative Cycle Plan on Hayes: The Haight Ashbury Improvement Association published an alternative route to the Oak St. proposal of the SFMTA / SF Bike Coalition. The MTA plans are problematic and fundamentally flawed from a safety perspective. A safer, less costly implementation of moving cyclists from the Panhandle (at Fell and Baker) to the Wiggle is to go north to Hayes St., right and east to Scott. Then, right at Scott, across Fell and Oak, and into the Wiggle. The lower volume of traffic, stop lights at busy intersections that would be crossed perpendicularly, and right hand turns for east bound bike traffic, make the route inherently more safe. In addition, there would be no impact to current users of Oak St. nor a reduction of parking along Oak, as proposed by the MTA. Problems of right turns from Oak onto Broderick and Divisadero from Oak will be eliminated, as will problems of driveways for garages and businesses that line the three blocks of Oak St. that will have cars driving across a dedicated bike path. View the HAIA Focus on Safety brochure (here) …
Safer Bike Plan: HAIA has proposed the use of Hayes St. (between Baker and Scott) as a more sensible way to connect the Wiggle to the Panhandle bike path. Less traffic and slower vehicle speed remove the need for a separated bike lane. Right hand turns in the east-bound direction, with traffic lights at Divis, Fell and Oak St. mean a lower risk of cars unintentionally hitting cyclists. West-bound bike traffic can use the same route, with left turns onto Hayes and Baker being made at STOP signs. Neighborhood parking, already at a premium, is also preserved in this plan. Finally, this was the SFBC’s bike lane plan since at least 2001. Why is it necessary to cram cyclists into the high speed blender of Oak St. now?…
Taxing residents with another parking fee or enforcing transit-first policies. Driving shoppers to out-of-town malls or opening up parking spots in front of local businesses. Updating antiquated traffic rules or overregulating automobile usage.
The contentious proposal to charge at parking meters on Sundays has many supporters and detractors, and nowhere is that dichotomy clearer than in the West Portal neighborhood.