San Francisco , CA 94117, 94110, 94107, 94103, 94133
Job Killing SFpark Meters
Bleed Millions out of SF Economy
"Although San Francisco promotes this project as a trial that will run for two years and then be evaluated, that doesn’t seem to be the whole story. After the trial period, officials plan to roll out the project citywide, rather suggesting that the outcome has already been decided and the trial and evaluation are nothing much more than formalities."
Do these streets look like they have congestion challenges? Someone made some some money from this fiasco. Too bad its not the local merchants. Inside sources say that San Francisco is on a collision course to repeat Chicago's parking meter catastrophe in which thousands of publicly owned parking meters were leased to private investors. Street parking in Chicago’s Loop now costs $5.75 an hour. Next year it will be $6.50. Right now, in the least trafficked areas of Chicago, the lowest hourly rate for parking is $1.75 an hour, Sunday through Saturday, 8 AM until 9 PM, and the city gets very little of it.
"Jay Primus: This is not acceptable. You mean to tell me that you are using a federal grant of over $20 million dollars to implement your metering program and you don't have any records to document who you met with, or who influenced your decision making? I am shocked that you cannot provide a log of the people that you have met.
Do you have any standards that you are held too when you are administrating a grant / tax payer money? The whole point of a community outreach is to try to engage the community in a meaningful dialogue. Your admittance that you have no records of this outreach demonstrates to me that your agency again, has failed to meet any standards when it comes to conducting a meaningful dialogue with the community that you are purportedly trying to help. You cannot prove that you met with anyone without records of these meetings. "
"My God we have been co-existing and living in peace. You have ruined North Beach, You have ruined it for the people who go to Church because now you are extending parking meters on Sundays. You are making a mess out of something that doesn't need to be messed with. "You are messing with us not only economically, but socially. How many Latinos are in this room? What type of outreach did you do?"
"Oh poor drivers! Having to push their widdle foots on the gas pedal for a few more seconds to get to the other legal freeway on-ramps. Let's charge them ten bucks to get on and off and see how they like that. They'll be wishing for the days of a few extra blocks to drive."
As we understand it, San Franciscos anti-car transportation policies have been been crafted by privileged white-male activists who are "working the system" to .
"There is NO PARKING PROBLEM IN POTRERO HILL. Do you hear that Jay Primus? NO PROBLEM. So why not just admit that the reason to install meters is that you THINK you are make some revenue?"
"The city pays Jay Primus $115,000 a year to run this SFpark program and THIS is the BEST parking management plan he can come up with? To install thousands of SFpark meters across the city under the guise of Going Green. There is nothing innovative or groundbreaking about charging residents to park their cars on the street.
"This also brings up the point on why are poorer residential and mixed use neighborhoods like Mission, Dogpatch, and Portero being blanketed with meters, but not the more upscale and politically connected parts like Sunset, Richmond, and Pac Heights? Parking is just as much a "problem" in those areas."
"Has anyone else noticed that traffic lights across the inner SF city have recently been retimed to create jams? Van Ness, Potrero and Soma streets have all been retimed to rotate red/green much faster. I looked on the SFMTA site to see some sort of notice but there is not a peep."
"Residents now have to park up to 4 blocks away from our homes or pay $2.00 an hour just to bring in groceries, or drop off our children at home. Is it any wonder why families are fleeing San Francisco?"
How does a parking meter with four hour limit “create easier parking by increasing availability”? If the goal of SFpark is to create turnover, why do the parking meters allow you to purchase the parking space for the entire day?
"The SFpark Program did not create new parking spaces out of thin air. SFpark took the same spaces that were always available and priced them out of reach for low income motorists. Then, the program created a new generation of $100,000 city workers / contractors to manage the whole scheme. The government should not be profiting off of citizens. If the city of San Francisco needs money to implement a new project idea, it's their responsibility to go to the citizens with a proposal to be voted on. Robbing taxpayers to pay the and pensions of city workers is criminal."
"When is the MTA going to learn that you don't spend money that you dont have? Constantly sticking it to drivers is one reason why families are leaving San Francisco. The MTA and City Hall have an obligation to get its own house in order FIRST by fixing these other problems before it goes back to city residents and businesses asking for more money out of our pockets."
"San Francisco taxpayers---through the MTA and the SFCTA---are contributing $287,690,000 to the Central Subway project, even as the MTA threatens Muni service reductions, higher fares, and extending parking meters to Sundays. The city has plenty of money to keep our streets well-paved but they're spending it on the ill-advised Central Subway and a bloated trans-bay terminal project.
"Many of the areas where the SFMTA plans new meters are places that have never been metered before -- residential, mixed us areas, and business-to-business areas. Those businesses established themselves in these areas and grew in part because employees could generally park on the street. Many people chose apartments in these neighborhoods because street parking was generally available so they could commute to work."
"My husband pulled it out and used it to find spots on the street last night in the Mission. It sent us down four different blocks - with a theoretical 1 space, 1 space, 4 spaces(!), 1 space. As you may have surmised by my use of the word "theoretical", we found no spaces on any of the suggested blocks."
"The most shocking aspect of this was the lack of outreach, and the lightening-like speed with which they wanted to make these massive changes to the community. Instead of studying Dr. Shoup's book, urban planning officials should study this case as a textbook example on what happens when you don't conduct appropriate and thorough outreach to affected communities."
"Money is not the first goal of the program. The goal to to give the developers the permits that will take this City to 1.5 million by building very high (ie.Market and Van Ness to multiple 40 story towers. To do that, we must discourage vehicle ownership. The way to do this is to raise the cost of parking so people who find automobiles unaffordable. "
"The SFMTA Board of Directors signed off on this SFpark project without even doing an environmental study. Now SFpark is making unsubstantiated claims about how their pilot will benefit the environment, emphasizing certain green aspects, while hiding other details. People are now circling for parking in adjacent neighborhoods. The Big Green Lie is falling apart!
"The decision to raise the rates without testing the new technology for a while is quite short sighted and opportunistic. It's smart strategy if the goal is to make as much money as you can by raising the rates, and then falsely justifying it because congestion was reduced. It may be the technology reducing the congestion. But we would never know, would we. Sounds like typical slimy corporate behavior to me. I thought SF was different."
"The Townsend Street meter project is a perfect example of bureaucratic waste : million$ of wasted taxpayer dollars to stripe, sign & install meters on 300- 400- & 500-blocks of Townsend and NO ONE parks there anymore (unless they have a handicap placard)."
"I attended this hearing in the Mission and have never experienced City officials more Arrogant and Condescending toward a community of longtime business owners and residents. It's ironic that the chief architect of the plan, Mr. Primus, is a Berkeley resident who believes he knows what's best for longtime residents and businesses who understand the area's parking dynamics better than he does."
"Drive to 6th and Townsend Street. SFpark took away half of the residential permitted spaces and replaced them with meters. Now one side of the street is zoned for residential permits, and the other side of the street are meters that cost residents 2.00 an hour. Now, residents dont move their cars because they are afraid to lose their spaces. We NEVER had a parking problem before the city installed these meters."
"For most people over 40 riding a bike, or walking is not a viable alternative to driving. M shouldn't really be excited to show the world this anti-business debacle. His support of this project could, and should be his downfall. Middle age people are more likely to drive, own property, and vote.
"The details of SFpark are bewilderingly complex, but the story line is very familiar, the watchmen are tamed, bedazzled or bribed, while a pitchman who claims to have invented something brand new in the history of parking management takes everyone to the cleaners. There is nothing innovative, groundbreaking, or revolutionary about funding a bloated and ineffective agency on the backs of small businesses and working families."
"My wife and I were discussing how we'd really prefer to shop in SF just last weekend as we headed down 280 to Colma and Serramonte to shop at Costco, Target, PetMart, Trader Joes and Loews. It's ironic that even though equivalent stores in SF that we would like to patronize in neighborhoods, we just don't want the hassle of SF parking rules, fines and mindless regulation even when its not necessary. Why should we drive to four or five different places and pay a parking charge everytime we move--but that's what SF wants. And BTW, you ain't gonna haul 40-50 lb. bags of dog food, kitty litter, beverage, fresh veggies and fruit, etc. around on a bicycle."
"I live in a pilot area of SOMA where SF Park installed meters. The end result is that the residents in my neighborhood can no longer park near our homes, apartments, and businesses."
"It's not the responsibility of drivers who park their cars on the street to keep fares down for those who ride MUNI."
"If a private parking garage owner wants to charge $18 per hour, or $100 per hour for that matter, that’s fine. But the streets are public, and to charge up to $18 per hour for a public parking spot is not only absurd, but also elitist."
"The people at the MTA live in an Ivory Tower where all of their residents are young, rich, able bodied, and dont have to be at work on time."
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San Francisco , CA 94117, 94110, 94107, 94103, 94133