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.

Parking Permits Available for Child Caregivers – but not teachers

By Sasha Lekach : – excerpt

In a city known to be less than friendly to families, there’s at least one perk that households with means and a bit of organizing skills can take advantage of: permitted street parking for a nanny or babysitter. San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) offers residential parking passes for caregivers responsible for a child or children under 12 years old. The permits are available regardless of where the nanny lives or where their car is registered. 

There’s a hitch, however. Permit-seekers must secure approval from at least 10 households on blocks where there are 20 or more residential units, provide birth certificates for the children for whom care is being provided, as well as proof of residency and other paperwork. On streets with 19 or fewer residences, at least half the addresses must agree to the permit system. Once authorized, the transferable parking permit is counted as one of four allowed per address, at a cost of $109 each annually…

According to Giada Barbini, office manager at the La Scuola Italian International School in Dogpatch, the permitted parking exemption doesn’t have a wide enough reach. She said teachers and staff at the 20th Street school don’t qualify as child caretakers and aren’t area residents. Parking is a major issue… (more)