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  1.  

    Nicholas Littlejohn

    SF is so backwards! When can we vote Ed Lee out again and get a bicycle mayor like Portland had?

  2.  

    Mike

    Maybe MUNI should be a little more proactive in actually collecting fares on their buses. I swear I feel so stupid paying myself when I see person after person “sneaking” into the back doors and not paying or showing they have a valid pass.

    What happened to the program to only allow entry in the front of the bus? They try that for all of 3 months or something?

  3.  

    Kevin J

    Ed Lee needs to get his head out of his ass if he thinks I’m voting to give him more money for parking while he jacks up Muni fares.

    How about we all refuse to pay for Muni on sunday?

  4.  

    the_greasybear

    Good question. Allowing a lot of double-parking during Christian church services but not at other times and places is certainly a questionable government practice.

  5.  

    the_greasybear

    To all those who took interest and part in the long, laborious city process of gaining Sunday metering, I apologize. You deserve better.

    I apologize for your mayor, whose mayoralty is itself borne of and stained by deception about his true political ambitions. I apologize for his equally duplicitous political calculation to insult your intelligence with the ludicrous claim free Sunday parking will somehow win transit bond votes from the cars-first & cars-only crowd. You deserve better.

    I apologize for your dithering, impotent MTA, so covetous of never-ending debate and eternal, exhausting process–yet eager as always to surrender your best interests at the drop of a hat. Any hat, anywhere, any time, every time. You deserve better.

    I apologize for the City’s blatant bias and double-standards, that the arguments made for free parking are never advanced for free Muni on Sundays. You deserve better.

    Most of all, I apologize your interest and involvement in the workings of city government, and your attempt at making the city objectively better for the greatest number of residents, was nullified for no good reason. I hope it hasn’t burned you on the very idea of civic involvement–although I wonder if the mayor isn’t secretly hoping for that kind of outcome. In any case, you deserve better.

  6.  

    Justin

    Another example of SFMTA lack of courage of taking a stand on what works. As I said at that meeting that it is very outrageous to do away with Sunday metering just to satisfy the political needs of mayor!

  7.  

    Mike Fogel

    Is the SFMTA vulnerable to a lawsuit because of its willful failure to enforce parking restrictions against churches that operate service on sundays?

  8.  

    Mario Tanev

    After what I saw today, I don’t think the board members (Brinkman, Ramos) acted based on pure fear for their jobs. It seemed like they were looking for the least of all evils, and were trying to rationalize their actions.

    Two scenarios seem plausible to me:
    1. The mayor explicitly threatened to fire them, appoint new ones that will toe the line, then pass the proposal anyway. A rebellion would undermine progressive transportation in the long run since the replacement would be more in the mold of Nolan and Lee.
    2. The mayor threatened to not support the funding measures unless this passes, which would of course doom the funding measures to death (though they seem dead anyway). Unless he was bluffing, then this would have been a tough choice. The funding measures are unlikely to pass, but getting them passed is surely more important than Sunday meters, and having the mayor’s support, is not sufficient, but necessary.

    Regardless, however, this is an example of the worst in government. The biggest reason why voters seem to mistrust SFMTA is the back-dealing that results in things like the Culture Bus, Twitter Bus, syphoning of funds by work orders and so on. This is yet another example of back-dealing that will only lower confidence in SFMTA.

  9.  

    KWillets

    After the way they’ve managed the city’s parking stock, I’m sure to trust them with hundreds of millions of dollars now.

  10.  

    jdock

    ““We are here because of our concerns about fair and equitable treatment,” said Reverend Keva McNeill from El Bethel Baptist Church on Golden Gate Avenue at Fillmore Street”

    No, actually, Rev, you’re looking for special treatment because you’re a church. GG Ave @ Fillmore is probably one of the easiest places in the city to get to via MUNI bus. Maybe suggest some humility to your congregation in the form of riding the bus with the rest of the unwashed masses.

  11.  

    jamiewhitaker

    Even better, folks who drive into the City on Sundays will delay buses, increase traffic congestion related air pollution that shortens lives, and decrease potential business from parking spot turnover without contributing any nickels or dimes to the City’s SFMTA while local residents either pay for it by stuffing themselves like sardines in even more crowded public buse, spending 15 minutes looking for a parking space to free up, or paying additional rent for the GO Bond (50% can get passed through to tenants, y’all) and/or another 1.35% on the VLF. Add this to the stance against congestion pricing, and we seem about as environmentally minded as Calgary, Alberta when it comes to air pollution and trying to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

  12.  

    Jesse

    “Some of the best political minds” to come up with such an innovative idea as… a bond measure. And “instead of nickel and diming our residents” we’ll just sock them with a 500 million dollar bond to pay off with interest for the next 30 years.

  13.  

    jamiewhitaker

    Yes, kudos to Cristina! Probably the only one who is not a charter member of the “Flat Earth Society”

    Well, fuck it, let’s get rid of event pricing and evening hours 6pm-10pm Monday through Saturday only for parking meters in SoMa around AT&T ballpark too while we’re at it. That’s some discriminatory shit it they don’t have the nads to go citywide. Why nickel and dime only SoMa residents? (sarcasm, sorta)

  14.  

    Aaron Bialick

    Ah, yes, that’s right! I corrected it.

  15.  

    Mario Tanev

    Correction: Cristina Rubke said she thinks the proposal is a mistake, unapologetically. She didn’t offer an amendment because it was obvious it won’t pass. Perhaps the only adult in the room. Kudos to her.

  16.  

    Bruce Halperin

    Great. Now when those transportation funding measures fail at the polls we’ll be left with nothing. Well, nothing but more double parking and congestion.

    Backward doesn’t even begin to describe how wrongheaded this is.

  17.  

    mikesonn

    Disgusted isn’t a strong enough word. “Ed Lee has great political minds”? Puke.

  18.  

    Sean

    And SF moves backward. Lee has got to go.

  19.  

    twinpeaks_sf

    I think it’s mainly just by virtue of the fact that cops are people, complete with nested opinions and biases. Perceptions are what need to change – and this applies to everyone. Why is it so safe to ride a bike in the Netherlands (or even Portland)? Yes it’s infrastructure, but people also sympathize with with each other more. They could see themselves on a bike. That’s really not the case here.

  20.  

    Affen_Theater

    Contrary to popular myth, San Mateo Co. never voted against joining BART. See: http://www.bayrailalliance.org/question/why-didnt-we-get-bart-through-san-mateo-county-in-the-1960s-when-it-was-cheaper

  21.  

    jonobate

    They passed the budget…

  22.  

    Kevin J

    Maybe this is a sort of threat. Mayor Lee is telling us, “If you want transit, you’re going to have to pay pass his bonds” because he’s making it clear Muni’s existing funding dedicated to driving.

    But no way I’m voting for anything if parking goes unmetered and SFMTA refuses to put in a northbound bike lane on Polk. Whatever the idiots at the SFMTA might think, I ride in both directions.

  23.  

    Tony

    I’d rather take transit to all those places.

  24.  

    the_greasybear

    Great read. I recommend it highly to everyone.

  25.  

    Andrew Samuelsen

    Planned Larkspur connection to ferry is pretty poor. It makes people walk 1,000 yards on a pedestrian bridge to get to the ferry. The reason is Larkspur is blocking the rail crossing Sir Francis Drake Blvd. This station needs to be done correctly, and that means it needs to provide a seamless connection between the rail and ferry. The rail needs to open its doors within 50 yards of the ferry boarding. There is plenty of room, but would need to remove some parking spots. This is a critical part of the project that impacts the effectiveness of the entire system.

  26.  

    Sean

    Rose Pak is Mayor.

  27.  

    mikeo

    No bias at all in this city.

  28.  

    Bryan Goebel

    Confirmed: the meeting will be televised. SF Gov 2 as usual.

  29.  

    Bryan Goebel

    SF Gov TV hasn’t answered my tweet, and I also left a phone message, but the SFMTA is saying they were told it would be televised.

  30.  

    murphstahoe

    Is this meeting not going to be on sfgovtv???

  31.  

    murphstahoe

    Bicyclists shouldn’t be riding on the sidewalk – they should be riding on the narrow lanes of the fulton 500 speedway next to parked cars.

  32.  

    twinpeaks_sf

    In case you missed the latest PBB: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSeBplVRWa0&feature=share&list=UU1Qc4Ql_FAcXrv4KR97VaGw&index=1

    Equivalently old man as the “jay-walker” above runs a stop sign and gets off with just a warning. But isn’t he oh so cute..

  33.  

    Karen Lynn Allen

    Yes, a great summary of San Francisco’s incendiary convergence of contentious issues and the roller coaster history that led to it. Probably every citizen of San Francisco should not be allowed to vote on any upcoming city proposition until they’ve read it. (Kidding, kidding.)

  34.  

    Karen Lynn Allen

    We built a bridge that wasn’t designed to get wet?

  35.  

    murphstahoe

    I wonder the same. Is it some simple political calculus that enough voters will go “yay free Sunday parking” and vote for the bonds? I don’t get it.

  36.  

    Jeffrey Baker

    The Bay Bridge corrosion thing seems like a big problem. Every rainy day when I cross the bridge on the bus I see guys scrambling around trying to dry things out. Even today, several days after the last rain, they have portable blowers installed to ventilate the box sections of the suspension span. Signature span, indeed.

  37.  

    94110

    One thing I really don’t understand is why the mayor says this would support passing the bills. If MTA doesn’t need this ten million dollars, then they sure don’t need to tax me.

  38.  

    Thomas Rogers

    This Techcrunch piece on the housing/tech crisis is pretty epic:
    http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/14/sf-housing/

  39.  

    Kevin J

    Since you’re playing make believe, I support sunday metering because it improves literacy, whitens teeth, and makes birds sing.

  40.  

    Bruce Halperin

    Free meters CAUSE congestion and lower turnover, because people have to circle longer to find parking. (The SFMTA’s own data shows that cruising time to find a parking space has been cut by about half since Sunday metering began.) And free parking attracts more drivers in the first place – some people will choose to take transit if they have to pay to park. If you want to reduce congestion, pedestrian and bicycle injuries, delays to Muni, and “bad smoke”, then you should be AGAINST free meters.

  41.  

    Sprague

    The MTA’s own study confirms the many benefits of Sunday parking meters (please see http://sf.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Evaluation-of-Sunday-Parking-Management-12.10.2013.pdf for their study). Free parking promotes automobile use and automobile use is the # 1 threat to pedestrians and cyclists.

  42.  

    als

    To be clear, No.

  43.  

    Mario Tanev

    If you care about the reasons you cited then you should be against free meters. Underpriced parking leads to congestion which leads to all the problems you mentioned. This has been proven both by independent studies and by SFMTA’s own look specifically about the effects of Sunday meters and the lack thereof.

  44.  

    Dark Soul

    I heard both side of feedbacks.

    I would rather agree on passing San Francisco Free Meter on Sunday`s once again. Seeing massive parking meters front of residential area i will have go with the Free Sunday meters.

    Reason?
    * Reduce Street traffic congestion (likely to reduce Car Accident at once as street is more clear)

    * Safety for Street Walkers (Less Blockage on Crosswalks/Street and more clear view walking across)

    * Safe Biking – allows bikers to get less worry on being in danger due to Car Parkers hitting them who is roaming for parking spaces and more on safety

    * Help Prevent delays on certain MUNI Bus Routes caused by a Car Driver who is finding a parking space along with Street congestion. Having Constant Delays will make Muni / SFMTA Lose money faster which is unacceptable) Also may support small or not small businesses funding) (example 24th Street and Valencia or Potrero and 16th Street…..)
    - The Auto Fare Increase is part of State Law??? -

    * Allow cars people get to where they want (In a convenient time) to help support funding Businesses .

    * Green – Less Bad Smoke caused by car who are idling or search for car space that dont have meters during that day

    Overall,
    It should be balanced

    Muni Rider,Bike Person,Car Driver,Street Walk Person
    Dark Soul,

    Lower Great Highway + Rivera Street, Sunset District

  45.  

    hp2ena

    What I wrote to the MTA Board (and CCd to the two Eds and my Supervisor) (FYI, they will also be discussing fare increases at the hearing tomorrow):

    Members of the SFMTA Board, Mayor Lee, Director Reiskin and Supervisor Chiu,

    My name is Henry Pan. I am a native, car-free, and transit-dependent San Francisco resident. I urge you to not turn back the clock by ending Sunday meter enforcement, and further balance the SFMTA budget on the back of transit riders by increasing transit fares.

    First, Sunday meters have never helped businesses, drivers, and road users more than ever before. According to a study done by the SFMTA, time circling for a parking space was cut in half, because the turnover rate increased. As a result, business has increased. In fact, when Chicago eliminated Sunday metering, some businesses claimed they lost 20% of businesses and asked for it back. But it’s not just businesses that have benefitted. All road users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit riders, experience less congestion and pollution, as well as fewer rambunctious drivers impatiently searching for parking as a result. To help businesses even more, I suggest that the agency explore implementing evening meters, as autocentric locales like Walnut Creek have been doing.

    Second, I was made aware that the budget calls for increasing transit fares. This could not have come on a more worse time. Muni service is deplorable, and while there are plans to improve service, it should not be paid for by passengers who must suffer through it on a day-to-day basis. Why should transit riders pay more for transit while motorists are heavily subsidized for driving? Before burdening transit riders more with fare hikes with degrading service, make drivers who are making the system worse with their congestion pay for improvements to get more people on transit moving.

    I sincerely hope the agency does not consider eliminating Sunday meters and increasing the fares for transit riders.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Sincerely,

    Henry Pan

  46.  

    Thomas Rogers

    Here’s my email to MTABoard@sfmta.com (with cc’s to mayoredwinlee@sfgov.org and ed.reiskin@sfmta.com):

    SFMTA Board Members,

    As a San Francisco resident and voter, I am asking you to please keep the existing Sunday meter program, including enforcement. Plain and simple, Sunday meters help:

    1) Local Businesses, by ensuring turnover that helps customers get in and spending money
    2) The Environment, by reducing wasteful cruising for non-existent spaces
    3) Muni, by providing a meaningful funding source that represents a fair expectation of drivers (complementing the transit fare increase, which I don’t love but do support)

    All things being equal, I think the SFMTA should actually be increasing parking revenues, by instituting nighttime (>6pm) meters along active dining/entertainment corridors like Valencia and Fillmore. However, at a minimum, we need to keep the proven Sunday program.

    Thank you for your service and consideration of this comment. Please note: although I am a member of the SF Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC), I am commenting as an individual.

    Thomas Rogers
    Mariposa Street, Potrero Hill

  47.  

    Ruth

    Major Lee is pressuring the board to vote against their beliefs by threatening not to reappoint them. The board knows this is right, it’s Lee we have to pressure.

  48.  

    Dark Soul

    To be clear, If they decided to add back free parking Sunday it will improve safety?

  49.  

    murphstahoe

    Dear Mayor Lee and Board members –

    I urge you in your new budget to keep Sunday Metering. I am a former San Francisco resident who was forced to leave after being evicted from our apartment, and not being able to find a suitable replacement. We nonetheless come down to San Francisco to visit, and this usually happens on Sundays. Sunday metering has been a godsend because public transit from the North Bay is infrequent and slow on the weekends, so we typically drive, and the ability to easily park and go about our business is worth the pittance we pay the meters compared to gas and tolls. The metering has made it possible forus to find sports in our old Noe Valley neighborhood with ease on Sundays.

    Additionally, on weekdays when Golden Gate Transit is more
    useful, I will take the bus to the City and rely on MUNI to make my connection
    to Caltrain. I was a dedicated MUNI rider when I lived in San Francisco, and I
    think that we need the funding stream from Sunday metering to keep MUNI service up, which is far more valuable to the Citizens of San Francisco than free parking ever will be.

    Thank You

    John Murphy

    Healdsburg, Ca – Formerly Noe Valley SF.

  50.  

    bobster855

    I’m baffled that Mayor Lee won’t let go of this bad idea of repealing Sunday metering. He probably believes it will make him look weak if he backs down from repeal. Well, guess what? It looks worse when you refuse to listen to such a broad coalition, from the Chamber of Commerce to the Bicycle Coalition, who want to keep metering. I think less of Mayor Lee for stubbornly refusing to acknowledge that Sunday metering has worked well and should be retained.