Fight over construction parking comes to City Hall

By Lizzie Johnson : sfchronicle – excerpt

Construction-only parking outside a building on Sacramento Street has frustrated neighbors for 15 years.

The brown wood shake building at the corner of Sacramento and Laurel streets hasn’t had many renovations in recent years. But that hasn’t stopped its owner from taking out multiple street parking permits.

In the past 15 years, the owner of the Goldberry Building in Presidio Heights has applied for and received at least 20 city construction parking permits. Yet little construction has been completed on the property since March 2000, records show. Plans to create a single-dwelling unit on the third floor and a garage have moved at a glacial pace, and multiple permits for the project have expired, city records show.

Meanwhile, the building owner and a contractor, Presidio Heights Restoration, have exploited a city loophole to use those parking spaces for their personal use, a half-dozen neighbors and city officials say. That’s because there are no limits to renewing the parking permits as long as construction is ongoing — even if it takes more than 15 years. Calls by The Chronicle to both building owner Margaret Rogerson and Presidio Heights Restoration were not returned.

Under new legislation pushed by Supervisor Mark Farrell, which the Board of Supervisors will take up next month, limits would be placed on renewing parking permits at the same address within a three-year period. It also gives officials more authority to deny permit renewals if a resident appears to be taking advantage of the system. If the legislation gets the majority vote, it would go into effect in about 10 weeks — and apply retroactively to the Presidio Heights property… (more)

How is This Official SFGov SFMTA Red-Painted Parking Space Labelled “CAR SHARE” If It’s Only for Avis RENTAL CAR?

sfcitizen – excerpt

Help me out here, Gentle Reader. This formerly public parking space is now a private parking space, one that’s being rented out to Avis Rent a Car System, LLC, aka the Avis Budget Group.

But Avis isn’t actually “sharing” cars with you, it’s renting cars to you, right?

Is this what they call “framing?” Why is the SFMTA “framing” issues for Avis this way? Was Ron Conway involved with this? David Chiu?… (more)

What separates the “sharing” economy from the rental industry? When you pay for use by time, isn’t that a rental? When is the policy of picking winners and losers contract interference? Is a government agency allowed to discriminate in ways a private entity cannot?

Fee increases, free Sunday parking take effect this week

sfexaminer – excerpt

A number of fee increases — the first in a series of changes approved in the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s budget — take effect today, followed by the controversial elimination of Sunday parking meter enforcement at the end of this week.

Transit agency board members on April 15 passed a $943.2 million budget for fiscal year 2014-15 and a $962.6 million budget for fiscal year 2015-16. Slight increases for parking permits and other miscellaneous fees are scheduled to go into effect today.

Among those is a $1 increase for parking permits for resident, business, commercial, school, fire station, foreign consulate, and medical and childcare provider vehicles. They are set to cost $55 for six months or less and $110 for a year… (more)

Wanted: Your Photos of Public Servants Parking Obnoxiously

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A block of cars with MTA permits parked near Jackson Square

by Aaron Bialick : sf.streetsblog.org – excerpt

As rampant as illegal parking is in San Francisco, there’s one group of drivers who are the champs when it comes to finding the most egregious places to leave their vehicles: police officers, mail truck drivers, and other public servants who use city vehicles.
We’d like to see your photos of city vehicles parked on sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, and all the other places where city workers just can’t seem to resist taking advantage of the fact that SFMTA parking enforcement officers will almost certainly turn a blind eye…
Send your submissions to abialick@streetsblog.org(more)

Drivers with disabled placards may have to pay at meters in SF

By: Will Reisman : sfexaminer – excerpt

Under a new proposal backed by city leaders, motorists with disabled placards would have to pay for parking and be subject to time limits at meters.
Drivers with a blue placard can park for free at any space in The City and they are not subject to any time limits.
But  since 2001 there has been a 100 percent increase of the placards in the Bay Area, leading some disabled advocates to question whether the permits are being abused. Every year, about 1,800 placards are confiscated in The City for fraudulent use, but permits continue to be issued out…
Several of the proposals, like paid parking and time-limit restrictions, would require approval from the Legislaton… (more)

This is good. Now the SFMTA is going to pick on disabled people. Yes, there is abuse, but, check out all the MTA permit placards and the MTA white zones around the city. There are at least as many of them. Anybody think the MTA should give up MTA parking placards and white zones?

Alamo Square neighbors petition for parking perk

Andrea Koskey : SFExaminer – excerpt

Residents of the Alamo Square neighborhood could be required to spend more than $100 each year to park near their houses — an idea that could open up spaces in the heavily visited area.
An online petition is asking the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages on-street parking, to add a new residential parking permit zone to the neighborhood.
The proposed permit area would be bordered by Page Street to the south, Masonic Avenue to the west, McAllister Street to the north and Webster Street to the east… (more)

 

Revised parking approach to Northeast Mission still draws the ire of residents

By Will Reisman :  SFExaminer – excerpt

A revised plan for the Northeast Mission neighborhood makes acquiring a residential parking permit easier, but business groups and community members say the proposal, which would also add meters, does not address their needs.
In late 2011, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages parking in The City, introduced a plan to install hundreds of meters in the neighborhood, which has a high concentration of light-industry businesses. The plan drew heavy criticism, prompting the agency to temporarily shelve the project.
The agency reintroduced the plan this month, adding new elements that would allow all residents in the neighborhood to apply for residential parking permits. Usually, those permits are available only for residents on specifically zoned streets.
The plan does still include the proposal to install parking meters on dozens of blocks in the area.
Since the majority of the businesses in the area are what are called production, distribution and repair stores that do not rely on parking turnover, the meters would be of no use to them, according to Doug MacNeil, president of the Northeast Mission Business Association…
Supervisor David Campos, whose district includes the Northeast Mission, said there are some elements of the parking proposal that he likes, but he disagrees with the agency’s plans to install meters in front of some of the businesses.
“This plan doesn’t properly address the needs of these establishments,” said Campos, who favors the hybrid parking approach championed by Kelly. “At a time when we’re trying to attract more [production, distribution and repair] businesses, this proposal hurts them.”… (more)

Supervisor Campos ended the NE Mission/SFMTA March 21st meeting by stating that the timelines set by the SFMTA to coincide with the Folsom Street park opening are unrealistic given the community lack of support for their plan. He called for a more serious review of the area before moving forward with SFMTA plans,  which they admitted are a draft proposal. Given the inaccurate data the SFMTA is using, it is time to go back to the drawing board.

We are seeing a similar pattern emerging all over the city. The SFMTA was sent back to the drawing board at the end of the “Save Polk Street” meeting on Monday. Citizens all over the city are convinced that SFMTA is the problem, not the cars. They admitted they can’t fix the Muni and now they can’t seem to fix the traffic and parking problems. What do we need them for?

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Parking permits go high-tech

City Insider: in SFGate

Twelve years into the 21st Century, San Francisco’s residential parking permit program is joining the Internet era.

As of April 1, residents with the permits allowing them to park on their neighborhood streets for up to 72 hours without adhering to the usual time restrictions, can renew them online. Until now, they had to  renew permits in person or by mail…

Holders of special permits for teachers, contractors, caregivers and students are also ineligible for the online renewal…

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