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Mission Residents Speak out Against MTA Plan to Blanket the Mission with Parking Meters
"The SFMTA has enough Trouble being a transit agency, you don't need to try and be a second planning department".
March 21, 2013
SFMTA's "Delphi" Plan to Hijack streets from Mission Residents
The next meeting: Community NE Mission / SFMTA Meeting
Thursday, March 21, 2013, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
John O’Connell High School auditorium, 2355 Folsom Street
The SFMTA will be returning to the Mission this evening to discuss their plans to Bleed more money from low income, working class residential neighborhoods. In the past the SFMTA has used a phony public participation strategy called the Delphi Technique to try and justify adding parking meters to the Mission. The Delphi Technique is very valuable in manipulating ANY meeting toward a predetermined end. There are variations in the technique but in general the SFMTA doesn't stray from their formula.
In the past the SFMTA contracted with a facilitator to lead or “facilitate” meetings in the Mission. Supposedly, the job of the facilitator is to be a neutral, non-directing helper to see that the meeting flows smoothly. Actually, he or she is there for exactly the opposite reason: to see that the conclusions reached during the meeting are in accord with a plan already decided upon by those who called the meeting. They will tell you that that the conclusions, reached at the meeting, are the result of public participation but your choices have always been predetermined. Ask yourself if you, or any of your neighbors were ever given an option to opt-out of parking meters? No, you were not. There was never an option for you to choose "none of the above" or "other".
The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA) recently posted a 5 year strategic plan that outlines a 1.7 Billion Dollar structural deficit. The SFMTA also recently signed a 5 year 43 Million dollar contract with the same private company that is managing Chicago's parking meters. Under this contract, the company will provide parking meter operation support services for meter management systems and infrastructure, and the daily collection and reconciliation of parking meters. In other parts of San Francisco the SFMTA has already started throttling parking meter prices, extending parking meter hours, and operating meters on Sundays.
Basically, the SFMTA is planning on using you good people like ATM machines to pay for their spending. At some point they will turn the meters over to a private company and screw you left, right, sideways, and center until the end of time. This evening they are going to try and tell you that you had a part in formulating the parking plan. Now, we all know thats a big bag of Bullsh*t because the SFMTA has been lying to all of us since day 1.
Your residential property taxes paid for building and maintaining the streets in the Mission. The SFMTA is trying to hijack your streets to pay for their overspending. Use your first amendment rights and tell them how you feel about that at the meeting tonight. Tell the SFMTA that you do not want their Job Killing Parking meters in your neighborhood.
Townsend Street was once a thriving mixed residential / retail neighborhood for businesses that employed middle class workers. The neighborhood has become toxic since SFpark installed their Job Killing meters. SFparks anti-business policies are very clearly killing the neighborhood here. How much sales tax revenue is being lost due to these parking tax machines?
Many residents say, the city is using the meters as a tool for Land-Banking. (The clearing out of residents and small businesses to make room for big new developments). This is often used by city planners for Urban Renewal purposes. Depress the local economy, degrade the property, and pick it up on the cheap. Townsend street is a cautionary example of how reckless public policies end up destroying a neighborhoods vital fabric. Tell the SFMTA that you will not be run out of your homes and businesses. Tell the MTA that you do not want their Job Killing Parking meters in your neighborhood.
August 29, 2012
By: Noah Arroyo | August 29, 2012 – 7:30 am
Businesses in the northeast Mission have started organizing against a plan to increase the number of parking meters around 17th and Folsom streets. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will meet with the community in September to discuss its parking management plan for the area.
When Angela Sinicropi, vice president of public affairs for the Northeast Mission Business Association (NEMBA), heard about the plan to add meters, she thought to herself, “You can’t do that, you’ll put us out of business.”
SFMTA first unveiled its parking meter plan for the eastern Mission in January, but the overwhelmingly negative community response sent the agency back to the drawing board. It’s not clear at this time whether SFMTA’s new plan includes more parking meters, according to agency spokeswoman Kristen Holland.
Even so, northeast Mission businesses are rallying preemptively through NEMBA, fearing that new meters could drive business away, make their employees’ lives more difficult and even put them out of business.
Parking occupancies in the area are some of the highest in the city, according to Holland, and open spots will become even more scarce when the lot at 17th and Folsom closes in the summer of 2013. A new community park is slated to be built on the site, removing roughly 250 parking spots.
Gwen Kaplan, NEMBA’s founder and the owner of Ace Mailing at 2757 16th St., said the organization stepped up its membership efforts because it knew that without more political bargaining power, neighborhood merchants wouldn’t stand a chance.
Since the beginning of the year, NEMBA has doubled its membership, now at 20 businesses. New members have joined largely because they expect parking meters would have a negative effect on their businesses.
“SFMTA has a lot of trouble accepting that people need these vehicles, but my clients wouldn’t be able to do work here if they couldn’t park their vehicles here all day,” said Sinicropi, who owns Sintak Studio, a rentable studio space for photographers, filmmakers and designers.
Other northeast Mission business owners worry about their employees.
Hans Art, who owns Hans Art Automotive at 3121 17th St., stepped up his involvement with NEMBA earlier this year when he heard about the plan to add meters. Art provides off-street parking for his employees but can’t accommodate all of their cars. If new meters go in, his staff will have to pay to come to work.
His employees drive to work because almost all of them have young children, Art said.
“When the school calls and something’s up with your kids, you’ve got to go. Waiting for a BART train just doesn’t work.”
Charlie O’Hanlon, new to NEMBA and owner of Charlie’s Place motorcycle repair shop at 3084 17th St., said the meters might just shut him down.
During business hours, O’Hanlon uses one street parking space and his shop’s driveway to park motorcycles awaiting repairs. His shop is too cramped to keep them all indoors. Earlier this year SFMTA said that seven parking meters would be installed in his single spot, because that’s how many motorcycles can fit in the space, O’Hanlon told Mission Local. Now he’s waiting to see whether the agency’s updated plans still include those meters.
O’Hanlon, who thinks he already pays the city too much in taxes and fees, said the meters just represent another tax — one that might push him over the edge.
“[The meters] will eventually make me either change my business or leave this city,” he said.
The parking situation also makes Mike York, who has owned Ocean Sash and Door at 3154 17th St. since 1966, cringe. Although he’s not a NEMBA member, he agrees that the meters would be yet another complication.
York sells items that are often too large to take on Muni or BART: windows, doors and various building materials. His customers need to be able to park their cars near the store’s entrance.
“Right now they can come here and park in the parking lot,” said York, referring to the lot at 17th and Folsom.
“Once that’s gone, parking spots on the street are going to be worth the price of gold.”
With this in mind, York is currently applying for two commercial parking spots in front of his business. If SFMTA approves them, he’ll provide them to customers.
Even if he gets the spots, York worries that the dearth of nearby parking will make his staff into “parking system monitors,” chasing away drivers who want to take advantage of open spaces.
“So all of a sudden we become the bad guys in the neighborhood,” he said, adding that he already has to kick drivers out of his two-car lot, which he reserves for customers.
Despite the number of northeast Mission businesses opposed to new meters, NEMBA president Doug MacNeil isn’t optimistic that they will get their way.
“SFMTA’s attitude seems to be, ‘We hear you, but we’re not going to do anything.’ My belief is, the parking meters are a done deal,” he said.
March 28, 2012
March 28th, 2012
One South Van Ness Avenue, 8th Floor
San Francisco, California 94103
Re: Installation of Parking Meters in the Southeast Neighborhoods
Dear Mr. Primus:
We, the members of the Small Business Advisory Council (SBAC) of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce (Chamber), are writing to ask that the SFMTA answer several questions before proceeding in the process of installing parking meters in the Southeast Neighborhoods. The SBAC is the small business representative entity within the Chamber. The questions articulated herein have been raised by the members of the SBAC. Before proceeding we want to stress that we are not against the idea of a parking management plan for the Southeast Neighborhood nor, under certain circumstances, do we object to the installation of parking meters as part of a parking management plan.
We have heard many anecdotes for the need for a parking management plan in the Southeast Neighborhoods but have yet to hear SFMTA articulate the need for parking management in either general terms (i.e., for the entire area) or specific terms (i.e., street by street). The failure of SFMTA to articulate a problem precludes the ability to understand if the suggested options are actual solutions to a problem. We ask the SFMTA to articulate the actual problem they are trying to solve prior to imposing a solution on small businesses.
Since we question if SFMTA has articulated a clear problem in search of a solution, we also question if SFMTA has studied all possible solutions to whatever the actual problem may be. We ask that SFMTA list specific solutions to specific problems so that the effectiveness of each solution can be better understood and evaluated. We also request that the SFMTA actively solicit and respond to feedback from the small businesses and residents of the impacted neighborhood.
SFMTA appears to be taking a one size fits all approach to addressing the need for a parking management plan in the Southeast Neighborhoods. We ask the SFMTA to take a more nuanced approach to the implementation of a parking management plan. It is clear that what is appropriate for one neighborhood, block or street is not appropriate for another and we ask the SFMTA to articulate a nuanced-least intrusive approach.
At a time when SFMTA is asking residents and small businesses to shoulder the burdens of a parking management plan, it is disappointing and frustrating that SFMTA has failed to enforce existing parking regulations as they pertain to Residential Vehicles parked on our streets for durations exceeding 72 hours. Before adding additional regulations, SFMTA should enforce those already present and then determine if additional regulations are still required.
It appears that SFMTA is proceeding to implement a host of new plans and initiates in San Francisco without articulating the cumulative impact of these initiatives on San Franciscos small businesses and residents. SFMTA should explain how changes such as, but not solely, increased bike lanes, parklets and the proposed parking management plan for the Southeast Neighborhoods and other areas within the City interact and impact San Franciscos small businesses.
SFMTA should explain if it has evaluated the need for more comprehensive parking management plans (either introduction of such plans or revisions to existing plans) in neighborhoods on the north and west of the City to ensure that the burdens associated with such plans falls equitably on the small businesses and residents of the City.
Prior to implementing any parking management program in the Southeast Neighborhood SFMTA should articulate which other Cities it looked at to discern best practices, what those best practices are, and how such best practices can be applied in San Francisco.
We very much look forward to SFMTA answering the above questions before proceeding to implement a parking management program in the Southeast Neighborhoods.
The Members of the Small Business Advisory Council
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
March 26, 2012
Pages 78-79 of the 2009 SFMTA CLIMATE ACTION PLAN.
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January 2, 2012
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