Saturday, May 24, 2014

How many parking spaces has City Hall eliminated?

FROM:
Mary Miles (SB #230395)

Attorney at Law
San Francisco, CA 94102

TO:
Edward Reiskin, Director
Caroline Celaya, Records Custodian
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
1 S. Van Ness Ave., 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

DATE: May 22, 2014 

IMMEDIATE DISCLOSURE REQUEST PURSUANT TO PUBLIC RECORDS ACT AND SAN FRANCISCO SUNSHINE ORDINANCE

Dear Mr. Reiskin and Ms. Celaya:

This is an IMMEDIATE DISCLOSURE REQUEST pursuant to the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance (SF Admin. Code secs. 67 et seq.) and the Public Records Act (Gov. Code secs. 6250 et seq.). This Request is about your agency's "Citywide Census of On-Street Parking Spaces" ("Parking Census"). I request immediate access to and the opportunity to make or get copies of the following records:

1. Please provide records showing the number and locations of on-street parking spaces eliminated since the original date of your Parking Census in 2010. 
a. Please provide records showing all on-street parking spaces eliminated due to bicycle "improvements," including bicycle lanes and bicycle parking facilities since January 1, 2010
b. Please provide records showing all on-street parking spaces eliminated due to the "Transit Effectiveness Project" ("TEP") including pilot studies. Please include all records showing on-street parking spaces eliminated for any purpose related to transit "improvements" since January 1, 2010.
c. Please provide records showing all on-street parking spaces eliminated due to "traffic calming improvements." Please include records of all on-street parking spaces eliminated for bulbouts, pedestrian "improvements" and alleged "visibility" and "safety" improvements since January 1, 2010.
d. Please provide records showing all on-street parking spaces eliminated due to "Better Streets," "Livable Streets," "Better Market Street," "Sustainable Streets," "Safe Streets," "Walkable Streets," or for any other reason.

2. Please provide records showing the number and locations of all on-street parking spaces converted to yellow "loading" zones since January 1, 2010.

3. Please provide records showing the number and locations of all on-street parking spaces converted to red "prohibited" zones since January 1, 2010.

4. Please provide records showing the number and locations of all on-street parking spaces converted to blue zones since January 1, 2010.

5. Please provide records showing the number and locations of all on-street parking spaces converted to "parklets" since January 1, 2010.

6. Please provide records showing the number and location of all on-street parking spaces where parking meters have been installed since January 1, 2010.

If these records are in an electronic format, please provide them on a disk. If provided on a disk, please refer on the disk and in your response to this Request, to the Item Number above, in this Request. I will deem any response lacking such reference a denial of this Request.

If these records are not available in electronic format, please advise me of the cost of providing hard copies. If the cost of providing these records will exceed $25, please advise me in advance of providing such records.

If all of these records cannot be immediately provided, please provide the exact date when all of these records will be provided. If some of these records can be immediately provided, please provide those records and refer, as noted above, to the Item Numbers in this Request on any response, and provide the exact date when the remaining records will be provided.

If I have not received a response to this Request by 4:00 p.m. on May 23, 2014, I shall deem this Request denied.

Thank you for your attention to this IMMEDIATE DISCLOSURE REQUEST

Sincerely,
Mary Miles

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12 Comments:

At 7:00 PM, Anonymous James said...

I hope this sheds light on how we got to such an abysmal amount of parking in San Francisco. There's only 441,950 public parking spots, in addition to all the public car parking garages among the 756,976 households in San Francisco. It doesn't even count all the private parking spots either. I hope they gather all the necessary information to form some grade A hyperbole for their cause.

 
At 11:37 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Those may seem like big numbers, but the availability of parking in SF varies from neighborhood to neighborhood. Here in District 5, the heart of Progressive Land where street parking is already tight, last year the city eliminated 100 spaces on the Panhandle for bike lanes and is getting ready to eliminate more than 167 parking spaces on Masonic Avenue to make bike lanes.

The people who suffer the most from eliminating street parking are those who own cars but have no garage to park them, working people who need their cars to commute and/or care for their families---for shopping, appointments, getting children to and from school and other activities, etc.

 
At 2:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go Rob, fighting the good fight! You'd be a hero if this were 1950.

 
At 1:46 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

This is not about heroism or 1950. This is about dealing sensibly with the city's traffic in 2014 and beyond.

 
At 8:21 AM, Blogger Rkeezy said...

Considering that City Hall measures its improvements by two metrics only: 1) how many parking spots did we eliminate and 2) how are bicyclists feeling about the improvements, it seems to me this data should be readily available.

And to the sarcastic posters, let's not get sensational about total numbers. That number is shrinking (or at least we'll have confirmation when the request is granted) when the population is going up. So the overall % change compared to the total required to maintain the same ratio is more significant than you may want to accept.

And that's without me distorting the relevance of the stats, Bike Coalition style. E.g. In 2012 the city eliminated 100 parking spots and in 2013 they eliminated 200 spots. That's a 100% increase in only a single year! The sky is falling!

 
At 9:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dealing sensibly with traffic means doing everything we can to preserve car storage locations?

 
At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry Rob but sensibly dealing with traffic means reducing the number of cars on the road so we have less traffic. Unless you want more traffic.

 
At 10:17 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

"Car storage" is what the rest of us call "parking," and they call any busy street in the city a "traffic sewer." Motor vehicles are "death machines."

Yes, I understand that you bike nuts are on a mission to reduce cars in the city. But your "progressive" representatives in City Hall, even as they eliminate street parking, are accelerating both gentrification and significantly increasing the city's population with huge, dumb developments. Well-off people tend to have cars, and are all those new residents of these mostly market-rate housing units---Treasure Island, Parkmerced, Market/Octavia Plan, UC development on Haight Street, etc.---going to ride bikes or Muni?

 
At 11:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're a broken record, Rob.

 
At 12:31 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

For which you have no serious rebuttal.

 
At 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are they going to ride bikes or MUNI -- yes

 
At 12:43 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

"You're a broken record, Rob."

Okay, if you think after all that repetition you now at least understand my argument, why don't you refute it?

 

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