By Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt
In what may have been the final opportunity to overturn a decision to revert to free Sunday parking in San Francisco, an appeal by transit advocates to require a full program environmental review was rejected by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
While the abolishment of Sunday parking meter enforcement is set to take effect, the vote exhibited the ongoing conflicts between drivers and transit riders as well as the ongoing political tensions over Muni funding decisions…
Earlier this year, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency bowed to Mayor Ed Lee’s call to stop Sunday metering, which generates approximately $11 million annually. Enforcement had been in place since January 2013. The supervisors also voted to postpone for at least two years a vehicle license fee increase, which would have generated $1 billion over 15 years.
Supervisor Scott Wiener, who rejected the appeal, said he finds fault with the transit funding decisions.
Some have been more than happy to see the end of Sunday metering. Christopher Bowman, who is leading an effort to place a November ballot measure to create an official anti-Sunday parking meter policy, said that greenhouse gases are being emitted because drivers are leaving San Francisco to do their shopping where parking is free. Supervisor David Campos said even if the appeal were granted it wouldn’t address the fundamental problem of the mayor effectuating transit policy changes. “I think the solution is to actually reform the way that this agency is governed.”
Currently the transit agency’s board of directors are appointed by the mayor. It would take voter approval to change the governance… (more)