Public Hearing on Parking
WHO: Supervisors Mark Farrell, David Campos, Eric Mar, and Malia Cohen
WHAT: Hearing on SFMTA’s Proposed Parking Meter Expansion Plans
WHERE: City Hall – Board of Supervisors Chambers – Room 250
WHEN: May 2, 2013 at 3:00PM
The Supervisors have heard our complaints, comments, and requests for relief from parking restrictions in our neighborhoods.
Please spread the word and get the message out to your friends and colleagues. Everyone is invited to attend, and give testimony at the hearing. FILL THE HALL. Raise your flag and wear your colors. Bring a written statement for the clerk and prepare to speak for around 2 or 3 minutes at the podium. If you don’t want to speak, your presence is appreciated as we need to fill the hall. Stay tuned for updates. Don’t forget to text and tweet on the day. You did it before. You can do it again.
April 11, 2013
Our District 10 supervisor Malia Cohen requested and met with a few members of ENUF to get a briefing on how negotiations are going with the MTA about adding meters to our neighborhoods. We updated her on the latest meetings re:Mission meters and and our proposals for Potrero Hill and Dogpatch which include a mix of meters and Residential parking permits and leaving some areas as is. After metering areas of the Mission, Potrero and Dogpatch are next on their list of “neighborhoods that need parking management.” Supervisor Cohen was sympathetic to our efforts and was next meeting with David Campos, the Mission District supervisor whose area is now under threat of being inundated with meters. We thank her and hope we can continue to keep her support!
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Videos of the March 21 Meeting on YouTube
from the March 21Community NE Mission / SFMTA Meeting
We have around 2,021 signatures on our Stop SFMTA petition. Keep them coming. Each signature and comment goes directly to the Mayor and all the Supervisors. They are well aware of the our displeasure and lack of trust in the SFMTA and our growing demands for relief. From North Beach to Polk Street to NE Mission and the Mission Bay, residents are saying “no” to parking restrictions and asking about cutbacks in Muni service. Why is all the emphasis put on parking and revenue increases and none on fixing the Muni. Read the report (with videos) on the NE Mission meeting, and review Supervisor Campos comments and directions to the SFMTA.
Thank Supervisor Campos for his understanding and handling of the situation. Thank Supervisor Farrell and Mar for calling for a hearing on SFMTA plans to install meters in the neighborhoods. We understand the hearing is to be on May 2. Make sure all the supervisors know how you feel about restrictive parking policies.
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Open letter to District Nine Supervisor Campos:
Thank you for understanding and supporting of our efforts to solve the parking issues in a way that benefits the North East Mission community. We look forward to meeting with you soon to discus the next phase of the parking plans. As you are aware, ENUF is working with all the city neighborhoods to produce a unified approach to solving our transit problems. These are three of our biggest concerns:
1. What happened to FIXING THE MUNI? Why is this not the first priority of SFMTA? I did not hear anyone mention the Muni or public transit at the March 21 meeting. What happened to the SFMTA using the money to fix the Muni? SF citizens voted to FIX THE MUNI, not slow down traffic and harass drivers. When will solving public transit problems become the priority of the SFMTA? Where are BART and Muni riders and bicyclists supposed to park so they can take public transit or bike, or walk to get to work on time? There are empty parking garages and attempts to close down more of them all over town. How does this solve Muni’s problems?
2. Notice of public meetings is very poor. We do not accept the notion that giving proper notice is posting a few hard to read signs on posts. The SFMTA uses a lot of methods to post messages on the street and in print media to message the public when they want to announce raising Muni and parking rates.
3. Lack of communication leads to a lack of transparency in the process, which leads to abuses and mistrust in the system. There is a lack of public discourse and review of major changes that affect the public at large, before, during, and after, contracts are signed. We attended the first North Beach Central Subway meeting where the SFMTA admitted they signed a contract to tear up Columbus Avenue to retrieve the boring machines, four years before telling the neighbors about the plan. You witnessed the results of that disclosure. This is a single example of the problem that is created when agencies, such as the SFMTA, are given the authority to determine and implement policies, write contracts, control income streams and spend public money without public review and approval. The fact that these plans are often finalized years before, and implemented years after the contracts are signed, makes it harder for the public to find out about them. Few people trust the SFMTA now.
Please keep these things in mind as we move forward to solve NE Mission transit and parking problems.