San Francisco teachers allowed to request residential parking permits

By : sfcurbed – excerpt

“An $84 ticket for not having a residential parking permit is an economic hardship for a teacher making less than $70,000 a year”

It’s a small but important step in helping the city’s teaching force. Today the MTA Board will make changes to transportation code, which will give teachers in smaller San Francisco schools the chance to apply for residential parking permits.

As the law currently stands, schools with 15 or more teachers can access residential parking permits, but those with fewer than the required number (e.g., preschools) are out of luck. With restrictive parking in the city, and a lot of schools located in residential areas a good distance from public transit, this could prove a small yet effective move…

According to a MTA report, there are 141 facilities within residential parking permit areas. “Of these, 30 have been issued a total of 202 permits.”… (more)

As more parking permits are issued it becomes more important than ever to stop removing public access to public street parking spaces. A balance of public parking access and assets needs to be maintained before any further leases or private/public contracts are signed by the SFMTA that transfers public assets to private enterprises.

The Board of Supervisors, acting as the county SFCTA, should request a report on the effects these contracts have had so far on the economy, including, but not limited to, gentrification of neighborhoods, Muni ridership levels, and economic impacts to businesses and the city. Have these partnerships benefited the citizens of San Francisco? Have these contracts resulted in a net gain or loss of revenue for the city? Can they uptick in car break-ins and delivery problems be attributed to the loss of parking?

The Board of Supervisors should immediately put a stop to any further removal of parking spaces until the impact reports are completed.

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San Fran: Residents to Buy $104 parking permits for 20 Visitors a Year!

by STEPHEN FRANK : http://capoliticalnews.com – excerpt

A San Fran resident can pay $104 per year for the ”right” to park their cars on the street.

Want to visit a San Fran resident?  They can pay $104 per year for 20 vouchers to allow friends and family to park for one day.  Parking on many streets, at meters is now $6 per hour (not a typo)…

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More insults for residents denied parking permits.

SFMTA looking to streamline permitting process for out-of-town vehicles

By: Will Reisman : SFGate: TRANSPORTATION – excerpt

Travelers visiting friends and family in San Francisco should soon have a much easier time finding a spot to park their cars.
Households located in residential parking permit zones will have the ability to purchase 20 one-day passes for out-of-towners to use on any date under a proposal being recommended by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency…

“It speeds up Muni, ensures available parking, eases congestion and makes our roads safer for pedestrians and cars,” Rose said…

How?

Established by state laws in 1976, The City’s residential parking permits cost $100 a year — $104 after July 1 — and allow locals to park on the street without time limits. The program was created to keep out-of-town commuters from parking in residential neighborhoods all day.

Wouldn’t it be easier and cheaper to build a few parking garages for commuters who take the Muni downtown after parking in the neighborhoods?

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner

This should make some residents happy and others madder than *(&*&^ !

Some out-of-towners are getting a deal.

There is long term parking for people embarking on the luxury cruises, and of course the America’s Cup tickets come with parking tickets. One assumes the luxury boxes at the ballpark come with paid parking as well.

They even figured out how to shuttle all of our out-of-town guests to the U.S. Open this week. Those tickets aren’t cheap.

Anyone see a pattern here?