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There is plenty of Free Parking down the Peninsula and smart companies are relocating to attract new growth
California’s July 2012 sales tax revenue was down 33.5 percent. The key element to the economy is the sales tax. The more revenue from this source, the better the economy. High housing costs and burdensome taxes have squeezed the middle class out of San Francisco and the prospect of staying in the city is for many, a loser's game. Major employers such as Wells Fargo, Chevron and Levi Strauss have moved thousands of jobs out of the city and now Visa is everyplace you want to be, except San Francisco.
Streets are being reconfigured and parking lanes are being removed to make way for bike lanes in spite of the fact that only 2% of the trips in San Francisco are being made on bikes. The removal of car lanes has slowed traffic and caused congestion throughout the city. Companies need their employees to get to work on time and since Muni cant do it employees are reliant upon their cars. Companies are leaving the city because it is not as business friendly as the suburbs.
Many of the larger suburbs in the Bay Area continue to build upon these amenities -- while offering abundant parking at free or reasonable rates. Towns like Foster City, Burlingame, Palo Alto, San Rafael, Walnut Creek, San Jose, and others make it convenient and relatively affordable to see movies or shows, dine out in good restaurants, and enjoy local nightlife. The more prohibitive it becomes to park in or visit San Francisco, the more the suburbs will benefit from their thriving and growing business/dining/shopping/cultural complexes.
The people who are fighting City Hall on parking meters are the same ones who work for the businesses that are leaving the city.
In case you havent been keeping track of the companies fleeing Francisco we will refresh your memory.
Until we hold our elected officials accountable and move toward serious economic reform, it is all too certain that many more companies like Charles Schwab will continue to take jobs out of San Francisco.
Photo taken Sunday Feb 3, 2013 - San Francisco City Hall has abandoned the Middle Class, and they are betraying the residents of San Francisco. Every day, residents faced with layoffs and tough economic times, are forced to use their credit cards to pay for essentials such as food, housing, medical care and now street parking. Mayor Ed Lees Administration is planting these Job Killing parking meters all over Potrero Hill, Bernal Heights, and the Mission District.
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. If the SFMTA continues unchecked with their plan the city of San Francisco could soon be at the mercy of private interests when it comes to parking rates, collections, even holidays. 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. Some people say this has been City Halls plan all along?
In 2011 Mayor Ed Lee told the SFBay Citizen:
"The financial plight of the city of San Francisco is so dire, that if around $300 million to $400 million in cuts to employee pension and health care costs are not achieved, the city could face bankruptcy as soon as five years from now."
How many DPT / Traffic enforcement officers are clocking overtime from this latest debacle? Do any of these neighborhoods (pictured below) look like they need parking management on a Sunday? How about Parking meters that charge $3.00 an hour on a Sunday? Price gouging, Market Manipulation, and artificially inflating consumer prices. SFpark uses the ENRON model for pricing. How did that work out for you last time California?
Sunday Feb 3, 2013 - Hey there Mission, Dogpatch and Potrero Hill. Ed Lees Administration is coming your way with thousands of these Job Killing parking meters! (Pictured above) Parking Meters sit empty Sunday Feb 3, 2013 - on Bryant Street in the South of Market. How you destroy the economic vitality of a vibrant neighborhood? Well, you can start by charging visitors $3.00 an hour to visit the local residents and businesses. It's disappointing that San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee would endorse parking policies that would hurt small businesses and destroy jobs.
Sunday Feb 3, 2013 - $3.00 an hour to park on Bryant Street in the South of Market. The SFMTA wants to extend metered parking late into the night, eliminate residential parking programs and blanket the city with meters, meaning the only people who need a car for work or family will have to be rich enough to have a private parking space can live in this neighborhood.
Sunday Feb 3, 2013 - $1.00 an hour at Bryant Street in the South of Market. Job Killing SFMTA / SFpark Meters sit empty. SFpark makes it punitive for people to visit this neighborhood.
Sunday Feb 3, 2013 - $2.00 an hour on Townsend Street - South of Market. Job Killing SFMTA / SFpark Meters sit empty. And by the way, where are all of the cyclists? I mean they want $200 Million Dollars for bicycle lanes, the least they could do is use them.
Sunday Feb 3, 2013 - $.50 an hour on Brannan Street in the South of Market. . This is how you destroy the economic vitality of a vibrant neighborhood.
Sunday Feb 3, 2013 - $1.00 an hour to park on this street. Its just astonishing the baloney that the SFMTA puts out, parroting from the a bunch of white labels (Streetsblog, Livable Cities, Spur, etc) of essentially one US radical anti-car non profit.
Does these empty streets = a Sustainable City? What a great way to keep working class residents disconnected from this part of the city.
Sunday Feb 3, 2013 - 4th and Brannan Street - The SF Park program is not to replace aging meters with new meters -- that's just a by-product. Job Killing SFMTA / SFpark Meters sit empty while local businesses suffer. And Hey UCLA professor Donald Shoup! Is this kind of thing what you call “responsible parking management?”
Sunday Feb 3, 2013 - Please explain how a Parking Meter with a 6 Hour time Limit encourages parking turn over for local businesses?
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
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