Today’s Headlines

  • BART Extension to San Jose Gets $900M Federal Grant (CBS 5)
  • Six Key People Were Behind the Project (CoCo Times)
  • Will New BART Stations Have “Enough” Car Parking? Yes, If Fewer People Drive There (Mercury News)
  • More on BART’s Operating Budget “Surplus” and Capital Budget Shortfall (SFGate)
  • City Agencies Like Muni Still Can’t Seem to Curb Overtime (SFGate)
  • Sunday Streets on Embarcadero a Hit (CBS 5,San Franciscoize)
  • Churches Cite “Parking Scarcity” as Reason to Not to Meter Sunday Parking. What? (CBS 5)
  • SFPark Points Drivers to Underused Garages With Wayfinding Signs (San Franciscoize)
  • Husband of Late Dionette Cherney to Face Embarcadero Cyclist at Trial (SF Examiner)
  • Private Companies Could Run Bay Area’s Highway Toll Lanes (Bay Citizen)
  • Help Fund the 40th Street Parklet in Oakland (Oakland Local)
  • Walk to Work Day and Bike to School Day Right Around the Corner in April (GJEL)

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  • mikesonn

    RE church parking shortage:

    Again, this is why parking meter extensions need to be framed differently. This is to create availability and turn over, not fill a budget gap. Budget talk puts people on the defensive.

    Plus, the Reverend who was at the hearing said that the ability to have 3-4 hr time limits would appease the San Francisco Interfaith Council’s main concerns and objections.

  • Anonymous

    The free-parking-for-church-member thing bugs me. Why do they think they shouldn’t have to pay for/deal with parking when everybody else has to? What makes them think they are better? If they want to argue that they provide a service to the community (which I think you can argue many churches do), then what open non-profits, or hospitals, or schools, etc., etc. I can think of a million organizations that help the community that don’t get free parking. The only reason churches have it is because we used to be a society in which the Christian religion played a dominant rule in the overriding ethics and morality of government and law (de facto, if not officially) and they were given an exception to help them out for being the source of that morality. But now that our society has done a much better job at separating church and state, churches are just being grandfathered in out of shear inertia. But it’s time we move past this. We certainly can’t let them hold us back from making our streets more livable.

    I also agree with @mikesonn:disqus that it shouldn’t be framed in terms of the budget. They real idea is to both increase availability of spots and come closer to internalizing the true cost of driving so that it no longer is given such a massive advantage over other (more healthy, environmentally-friendly, and livable) transit options. If you go to church, there is no reason you can’t learn to walk, bicycle, or take public transit there.

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