Thursday, March 15, 2012

Residents in the Mission, Dogpatch, and Bernal Heights fight predatory parking policy

The Townsend Street meter project is a perfect example of bureaucratic waste: millions wasted to stripe, sign and install meters on the 300- 400- and 500-blocks of Townsend and NO ONE parks there anymore, unless they have a handicap placard.

A coalition of residents in the Mission, Dogpatch, Potrero Hill and Mission Bay have launched a website to protest the SFpark program:

Residents across San Francisco are saying that the SFpark Experiment is an EPIC FAILURE, run by a $20M grant from the federal government, it has no oversight, and has done little outreach to find out what businesses and residents need for parking in their community.

It's clear that SFpark doesn't have a clue about the community which it is serving planting meters all over the city in an attempt to "regulate parking" that in many areas doesn't need regulating. People in the neighborhoods are already paying property taxes, business taxes, vehicle license fees, sales taxes (SFCTA brings in $70-$80 million a year in sales taxes for city transportation projects) gas taxes, residential parking fees, and, if they're unlucky or careless, parking tickets.

This is a transparent attempt to raise taxes on citizens to support over EIGHT THOUSAND City employees making over $100,000 a year under the guise ofgoing green.”

A previous post on the issue

Mission Local's excellent coverage  

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