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(District 10) (District 2)
D2 Supervisor Mark Farrell: " I also want to be very clear. I am very much against expanding parking meters into our residential neighborhoods...... I have also made it very clear about my opposition to what is now Sunday parking meters here in San Francisco. Supervisor Mar has called for a separate hearing on that. I look forward to being part of that hearing."
D10 Supervisor Malia Cohen: Fundamentally I believe that as it relates to the neighborhood that I represent, that the MTA is completely, frankly on the wrong track. My biggest frustration stems from the fact that that was no comprehensive approach to neighborhoods from MTA. Instead of looking holistically at what neighborhoods need in terms of transit, enforcement, and parking management, all these different divisions seem to be moving in conflicting directions. “I’m looking forward to, Ed Reiskin saying, ‘I quit, you won, we’re not going to be doing parking meters, " drew a thunderous round of applause.
Thank you District 10, Supervisor Malia Cohen, District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell, and District 6, Supervisor Jane Kim, for supporting the aging and disabled, small businesses, and working families in your districts.
Thanks to everyone who showed up at the May 2 Hearing on Parking meter expansion into San Francisco neighborhoods. Thanks also to everyone who wrote letters and comments and those who spoke at out at the podium. We have done a good job of impressing the Supervisors. Most of them are on our side and ready to call a halt to parking meter installations. Ed claims he has no plans to continue more meters in the city in the near future. He admits the Muni needs more of his attention. WE NEED TO HOLD HIM TO IT. SFMTA NEEDS TO FIX THE MUNI FIRST.
Additional Supervisor Comments from May 2 Parking Hearing
D10 Supervisor Malia Cohen:
"Both my self and Supervisor Campos have had the luxury of dealing with this issue last year, and I'd also like to include Supervisor Kim. All three of us have been dealing with this... It's no secret that I have previously articulated many of the significant concerns that I have with MTA's current approach to parking management on behalf of my constituents... Fundamentally I believe that as it relates to the neighborhood that I represent, that the MTA is completely, frankly on the wrong track. My biggest frustration stems from the fact that that was no comprehensive approach to neighborhoods from MTA. Instead of looking holistically at what neighborhoods need in terms of transit, enforcement, and parking management, all these different divisions seem to be moving in conflicting directions."
D9 Supervisor David Campos:
"As representative for district 9, we have been dealing with this issue for quite some time... First I want to thank all the members of that community and the entire city that have been involved in this issue. I know that it has taken a lot of time and energy and it has been quite something to see the level of engagement and organizing that has taken place. Groups like ENUF and others and I really want to thank my residents for that level of activism.
I do also want to acknowledge that with Director Reiskin that there has been responsiveness on the part of the MTA, especially around the process, and what was the mission about a year ago was something that would have led to a very quick action being taken by the MTA Board of Directors. Because of the community involvement, and working collectively, with Supervisor Cohen, Supervisor Kim, the MTA has taken time to really hear what the community has to say, and let me be clear, I believe that we should continue to push for our transportation first policy and I do believe that it is possible to do that while at the same time addressing the needs and the concerns of these neighborhoods.
One of the questions I have as the Supervisor who represents one of the first parts of the city where this is being tested, where this is being implemented, is, what are the criteria that were followed in deciding where to begin this process. I know there has been a lot of reference to the Eastern Neighborhoods plan, lets make sure we are following the principals that are embedded in the Eastern Neighborhoods plan, including the very important policy consideration of protecting PDR businesses that many believe is not done with the current plan that the MTA has presented."
D10 Supervisor Malia Cohen:
"Each of our neighborhoods are unique and have different challenges, particularly in the South Eastern part of the city. I see the convergence of a number of things that makes MTA's current plan... if I may be frank, just unattainable. First we have had a historical lack of transportation.... Transportation is not reliable."
D2 Supervisor Mark Farrell:
"It is my belief that residents and merchants alike deserve to have an appropriate and adequate input about the draft plans that MTA has, and how it does potentially effect our quality of life here in the city. I do think it is important that we have a policy discussion here at City Hall about the potential impact of these plans so that we can do what is right for our neighborhoods. I want to be sure that moving forward we have a comprehensive parking plan for those first effected neighborhoods that work toward the city policy goals but also works for our neighborhoods and our residents and merchants that live there on a daily basis."
Statement from ENUF attached:
Muni’s job is to get us where we need to go, not tell us how to get there. The Supervisors need to take control of the SFMTA. Citizens are calling for a ballot initiative.
We have a number of problems that are becoming hard to ignore that are well-documented by the media:
The SFMTA is not doing the job it was set up to do. The SFMTA has taken on too much and is doing nothing well. Regardless of what the limitations of power are, the public has a right to weigh in on the priorities of all government entities.
SFMTA was authorized to fix the Muni system and balance the Muni budget. Transit first means fix the Muni first, not disrupt traffic and eliminate parking. No one is going to take a bus that never arrives. The number one job is to get the buses operating for the people who need to rely on them, not to coerce people to change their lifestyles.
SFMTA should not be enforcing parking meters, or any other parking restriction during the times when there is no reliable Muni service, such as nights, weekends, and holidays.
The ticketing appeals process needs to be fixed. We have admissions from SFMTA officials that the process is not designed according to law, but is designed to control us. Where is the separation of powers when the agency that benefits from issuing tickets handles the ticket appeals process?
To add insult to injury, there is evidence that the SFMTA, parking management contractors, and bicycle coalitions share a PR firm and lobbyists who work in concert to shape the laws to further their goals. We appreciate the efforts some Supervisors have made in attempts to curtail SFMTA’s bad spending and contract-signing habits when these matters have come through committees, and request that this denial of contracts be continued to include all non-Muni operations expenditures, to give the public an opportunity to weigh in on SFMTA’s priorities.
After cutting back service for years, and blaming everyone for the state the Muni is in, SFMTA officials now claim that they can’t fix the Muni. Why are we paying them when they admit they can’t do the job they were hired to do?
All neighborhoods complain about commuters who drive into town, park, and take public transit to their final destination. The obvious solution is to establish Park and Ride Transit Hubs around the city or on the periphery near freeway exits. Instead of having to transverse the city to pick up all the commuters, people can get themselves to a hub using whatever means they need to, and connect with a direct line to the center of town using whatever means of transport they want. This would not only work for all public transit vehicles, it would reduce traffic congestion and parking problems, and people would know where to go to catch a ride when they need to get somewhere fast.
- Mari Eliza, ENUF
Link to the hearing: http://sanfrancisco.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=164&clip_id=17412 (click on 130155, the third bullet point.)
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Supervisor Mark Farrell Calls for Hearings on Meter Plan
Supervisor Mark Farrells Public Statement
"every potentially affected neighborhood deserves a chance to speak."
District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell has always been a vocal opponent of blanketing the city with Parking Meters. He is now leading a NEW ERA of Fiscal Responsibility and Government Accountability by calling for hearings into the SFMTA's plans to expand parking meters throughout the city. Farrell announced at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, "every potentially affected neighborhood deserves a chance to speak."
Supervisor Farrell has joined District 10, Supervisor Malia Cohen,and District Six, Supervisor Jane Kim in their opposition of the SFMTA's plans to add additional parking meters to area neighborhoods.
(District 10) (District 6)
Inside sources say that San Francisco may be on a collision course to repeat Chicago's parking meter catastrophe in which thousands of publicly owned parking meters were leased to private investors.
Government policies and processes have a major impact on the City’s economic vitality and the resultant welfare of its residents. The SFMTA has bled hundreds of millions of dollars out of the economy and increased the cost of doing business in every part of the city. The SFMTA has recently expanded parking meters contracts with the same company that, some people say, has been price-gouging Chicago's parking market. Street parking in Chicago is now $2.00 per hour for 82% of the city, $4.00 per hour near downtown and $6.50 per hour in the downtown, and the city gets very little of the money. 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 setting parking rates, collections, and even paying into meters on holidays.
The SFMTA has recently changed their parking policies to match the pricing structure that Chicago currently uses (charging up to $6.00/hr. and up to $18.00/hr. for special events). In addition to paying for parking on Sundays, the SFMTA has also discussed expanding parking meter hours into the evening. Residents and business owners agree that the SFMTA's path is unsustainable.
The Board of Supervisors, if it has any hope of restoring public confidence in City Hall, must audit every dollar the SFMTA is spending on programs, projects, and personnel. This process should immediately begin with public hearings. We encourage you to contact Supervisor Farrell and let him know that you support his actions to hold hearings.
Use your own words or use the message below :
Dear Supervisor Farrell, (Mark.Farrell@sfgov.org)
Thank you for calling for a hearing on a Municipal Transportation Agency proposal to expand parking meters into various neighborhoods in the city. We are most concerned about parking restrictions in residential neighborhoods and expansion of parking meters where people live, and at times when Muni service is unreliable, such as evenings, weekends and holidays.
SFMTA officials are demanding more money while admitting they have lost the public trust and they cannot expand Muni service to meet the demand. They suggest more people ride a bike or walk.
San Francisco needs a Muni system that gets people where they need to go, not an agency that tells us how to get there.
Copy your Supervisor and The Mayor
A list of contacts for Mayor and Supervisors:
Edwin Lee, Mayor - MayorEdwinLee@sfgov.org
David Campos , District Supervisor - David.Campos@sfgov.org
David Chiu, District Supervisor - David.Chiu@sfgov.org
Malia Cohen, District Supervisor - Malia.Cohen@sfgov.org
John Avalos, District Supervisor – John.Avalos@sfgov.org
Jane Kim, District Supervisor - Jane.Kim@sfgov.org
Carmen Chu, District Supervisor – Carmen.Chu@sfgov.org
London Breed, District Supervisor – London.Breed@sfgov.org
Norman Yee, District Supervisor – Norman.Yee.Bos@sfgov.org
Eric Mar, District Supervisor – Eric.L.Mar@sfgov.org
Mark Farrell, District Supervisor – Mark.Farrell@sfgov.org
Scott Wiener, District Supervisor – Scott.Wiener@sfgov.org
How to contact Supervisor Farrell
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244
San Francisco, Ca 94102-4689
(415) 554-7752 – voice
(415) 554-7843 – fax
and Thank you District 10, Supervisor Malia Cohen, District 6, Supervisor Jane Kim, and District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell for supporting the aging and disabled, small businesses, and working families in your districts.
Job Killing Sunday Parking Meters are
Bleeding Millions out of SF Economy
Photo taken on Bryant Street Sunday Feb 19, 2013 - These parking meters charge 3.00 an hour. Do these streets look congested to you? Mayor Ed Lees Administration is planting these Job Killing parking meters all over Potrero Hill, Bernal Heights, and the Mission District.
Photo Taken Sunday Feb 19, 2013 - This is what happens when you "privatize" public streets. Inside sources say that San Francisco may be on a collision course to repeat Chicago's parking meter catastrophe in which thousands of publicly owned parking meters were leased to private investors.
The SFMTA has bled hundreds of millions of dollars out of the economy and increased the cost of doing business in every part of the city. At these Job Killing parking meters (Pictured above) .25 Cents = 5 minutes of time, $1.00 = 20 Minutes, and $3.00 pays for 1 hour. No cars, no business, no tax revenue and no jobs. Is this the car free future that City Hall has planned for San Francisco?
San Francisco Auto Dealers generated almost $700 million in car sales in San Francisco in 2011 and nearly $9 million in sales tax revenue for the city’s General Fund while employing more than 1,500 people.Source: The San Francisco Auto Jobs Alliance. Its disappointing that San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee would endorse parking policies that would hurt small businesses and destroy jobs. Then again, the Mayor Lee has already proposed tearing down the I280 expressway that feeds the entire south of Market into downtown. Maybe he's just clearing out the cars in advance?
Sunday Feb 19, 2013 - I wanted to pick up a few things but decided against it. I'm not going to pay $3.00 an hour every time I want to stop to visit a store in San Francisco. I'll just go to one on the Malls down the Penisula or in South SF instead. There's plenty of FREE Parking and I wont have to worry about parking tickets.
Sunday Feb 19, 2013 - Government policies and processes have a major impact on the City’s economic vitality and the resultant welfare of its residents. .25 Cents = 5 minutes of time, $1.00 = 20 Minutes, and $3.00 pays for 1 hour. The SFMTA plans on putting more of these Job Killing parking meters in Mission, DogPatch, Potrero Hill and other parts of the city. Some people say that North Beach and the Marina could be next.
Sunday Feb 19, 2013 - This doesn't look like a Livable City to me. City Halls path is unsustainable. Is this the future that we want for San Francisco? How many DPT / Traffic enforcement officers are clocking overtime from this latest debacle? It's disappointing that San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee would endorse parking policies that would hurt small businesses and destroy jobs.
Sunday Feb 19, 2013 - And Hey UCLA professor Donald Shoup! Is this kind of thing what you call “responsible parking management?”
Sunday Feb 19, 2013 - .25 Cents = 5 minutes of time, $1.00 = 20 Minutes, and $3.00 pays for 1 hour. The SFMTA plans on putting more of these Job Killing parking meters in Mission, DogPatch, Potrero Hill and other parts of the city. Some people say that North Beach and the Marina could be next.
I get all giggly when I think about what else San Francisco City Hall will give us for our good.
There are almost no businesses open in this area but the city is charges $3.00 an hour to park on these streets. The parking meters here are driving out families who need their cars to get their children around the city.
Guess which side of this street has brand new parking meters and which side doesn’t? (Yeah, I know it looks like street cleaning day, but it’s not.) Its another one of those artificially induced parking "blackouts" that are happening across the city. And hey UCLA professor Donald Shoup! Is this kind of thing what you call “responsible parking management?”
Lets hear it for Price Gouging, Market Manipulation, and Artificially Inflating Consumer Prices. Brought to you by The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency and San Francisco City Hall.
Photo from the SanFrancisco Citizen
Is this a neighborhood with "significant parking demand" or a clumsy government attempt to raid a captive parking market? Its another one of those artificially induced parking "blackouts" that are happening across the city. One of the many SFpark areas with no storefronts, no cars, and "artificially inflated" prices at the meters.
Sunday Feb 19, 2013 - Please explain how a Parking Meter with a 6 Hour time Limit encourages parking turn over for local businesses?
Sunday Feb 19, 2013 - The Board of Supervisors, if it has any hope of restoring public confidence in City Hall, must Audit every dollar the SFMTA is spending on programs, projects, and personnel. This process should immediately begin with public hearings and an Ethics Invesigation.
The SFMTA has bled hundreds of millions of dollars out of the economy and increased the cost of doing business in every part of the city. The city take from Preying on motorists:
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