Today’s Headlines

  • HSR Panel Pledges Caltrain Upgrades Ahead of April Business Plan Update (SFGate,Almanac)
  • Fresno Supervisors May Pull Their Support From HSR (Fresno Bee)
  • SF Public Press Provides Video of Last Night’s SFMTA Town Hall Budget Meeting
  • Pastor: Charging For Parking on Sundays “Suggests People of Faith Are Not Welcome”  (SF Examiner)
  • Mayor Updates Supes on Redevelopment Restructuring, Alemany Street Greening (Curbed SF)
  • Community Stakeholders Come Together For Dolores Park Overhaul (SFGate)
  • New Part-Time Muni Drivers Won’t Reduce Overtime Until Next Year (Bay Citizen)
  • Heliodoro Torres Flores, 40, of South SF Taken Off Life Support After Being Hit By Driver (Mercury News)
  • SF Moped Share Would Require Smartphones On Dash, “More Dangerous Than Cars” (SF Examiner)
  • BART to Hold Public Workshops on Proposed Fare Increases (CoCo Times)
  • Menlo Park Considers Automated Parking Garages (The Almanac)
  • Oakland Woman Critically Injured by Bus Driver (Oakland Tribune)

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  • mikesonn

    Not charging for parking on Sundays “suggests people who can’t [or would rather not] drive are not welcome”

    FTFY

  • Fran Taylor

    Where were all the pastors when Muni cut service and raised fares, suggesting that people of faith (and everyone else on the bus) isn’t welcome to go to work, school, doctor, church, grocery store…?

  • Fran Taylor

    I mean “aren’t welcome”

  • peternatural

    Whenever I’m out on a Sunday and come across a block full of double-parked vehicles, it’s a sure bet there’s a church right there. I suppose it’s official policy to look the other way. Meters aren’t going to help as long as there’s zero enforcement of parking laws near churches on Sundays.

  • Susan

    Church parking is a challenging issue. One thing I have noticed in the Fillmore area is that many parishioners of these churches travel from other parts of the Bay Area to attend what was their home church. Since many African Americans were gentrified out of the city in this area, they live elsewhere but come back to church on Sundays. Most of those who drive to church in the area are elderly.  In this case, I feel that those of us who have moved into the city that these former residents can now only visit, we should find a way to accommodate them. This is a relatively small group of people (I’m not talking about the Mission or other areas, just the historic African American Fillmore neighborhood).

  • “Quite honestly, it would be too much to ask these members to pay for parking every week,” said Pappas. “I think it would have a tremendous impact on attendance at services.”

    Sorry, but why should we care? This is a handout that in my opinion appears to break the separation of church and state.

  • peternatural

    Another headline about parking in our fair city:

    “Making the Streets of San Francisco Easier to Park On”

    Excerpt:

    “San Francisco is trying to shorten the hunt with an ambitious experiment that aims to make sure that there is always at least one empty parking spot available on every block that has meters.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/16/us/program-aims-to-make-the-streets-of-san-francisco-easier-to-park-on.html

  • I think my other comment got moderated for being too long, but word from the GGNPC is that the west GGB sidewalk will remain closed through mid-May and will not reopen mid-March as originally promised.

  • mikesonn

    FAIL

  • Guest

    Completely agree. I’ve never understood how is this legal…in effect, this is city endorsing Christianity over other religions…or at least treating Christian churches different than Hindu temples, Jewish synagogues etc. I wonder if ACLU were to sue how the city would defend its decision to turn the blind eye while people break the law by double parking.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand this logic. It makes no sense for the city and its residents to subsidize people coming from out of the city. You could argue that there are plenty of other institutions that do good things for the community where people come from all over and aren’t allowed to double-park or park in the middle lane.

    This whole thing is an anachronism from a time when the government was de facto (if not officially) run by Christian morality and hence gave the Christian church special benefits. I think we have learned enough today to realize that this is a violation of separation of church and state and needs to end. We certainly can’t let it hold up making our city more livable.

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