Today’s Headlines

  • SUV Driver Crashes Into Building, Injures One and Causes Gas Leak on Cabrillo at 41st Ave (KTVU)
  • CBS Spotlights the SFMTA’s Blind-Eye Policy for Sunday Double Parkers on Dolores Street
  • MonkeyParking is Back, Brokering Curb Space Rentals in Front of Driveways at a Flat Rate (SF Mag)
  • SFMTA Hearing for a Safer, Greener Wiggle Scheduled April 3 (Hoodline)
  • Roughly 40 Teens Bike On Highway 101 in SF (SFist)
  • Firefighters, SFPD Officer Botched Case Against Drunk SFFD Truck Driver Who Hit Motorcyclist (SFGate)
  • Off-Duty Sheriff’s Deputy Accused of Pulling Gun on Man and Kids Over Fender Tap (SF Examiner)
  • Private Shuttle Services Like “Leap” the Topic Du Jour on KQED ForumExaminer‘s “On Guard,” KTVU
  • The Bold Italic Lists Ten Ideas Muni Could Take From Other Transit Agencies
  • Marin IJ: Ban on Golden Gate Bridge Bike/Ped Tolls Should Apply to All California Bridges
  • Architect Urges Berkeley to Eliminate Parking Requirements for In-Law Apartments (Berkeleyside)
  • Hayward Mother Struck by SUV Driver With Child at On-Ramp Declared Brain-Dead (SFGate)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Mario Tanev

    Regarding MonkeyParking. The city should prohibit owners from parking in front of their curb cut or leasing it. This is:
    1. Fair, because dedicated parking is expensive, so why is the city giving it for free for others to make profit?
    2. It will simplify the enforcement and get money for the city. The city can start citing ANYONE parked in front of a curb cut, without having to verify if it’s the owner or authorized. It’s a good way to make revenue.

    The city should also set up its own program like MonkeyParking to capitalize on curb cuts. It then in turn should start charging the home owner for curb cuts and refund them based on revenue from the program.

  • lunartree

    Wow, that Bold Italic article is basically click bait, but kind of interesting. Heated seats?

  • Is there somewhere we can go to complain about the whole double parking for religious reasons thing? It’s not only unfair, it’s a hazard for emergency vehicles.

  • coolbabybookworm

    I think 311 would be the place, but I’m sure they just file it away and shrug. Or getting your supervisor involved but I doubt even Wiener would want to tackle this.

  • 94110

    I called 311 when Muni ran busses down Valencia on a Sunday. I could hear the eye rolling. Street layout (between 19th and 20th) was:

    1. Parking lane.
    2. Dooring lane.
    3. Too small for busses lane.
    4. Religious parking lane.
    5. Too small for busses lane.
    6. Dooring lane.
    7. Parking lane.

    Also of note, SFPark stopped doing price adjustments before parking on Valencia hit equilibrium, because they started the pricing so low.

    I’m for evening metering, Sunday metering, Sunday illegal parking enforcement, and SFPark. And I vote.

  • alberto rossi

    MonkeyParking will next expand to allow you to rent out your yard for parking, followed by renting out your sidewalk.

  • voltairesmistress

    MonkeyParking is back, this time renting out garage curb cut space? Good for the short and long term. Short term because it provides pay to park options instead of so-called free parking, and will quickly get taxed by the City. Long term because it contributes to the reassessment of curb space more generally as free to the first lucky taker. All curb space should be market priced 24/7. Maybe MonkeyParking’s latest foray will spur people to think of parking as a product one always pays for.

  • SH in SF

    Looks like MonkeyParking needs to brush up on California and San Francisco parking regulations. Owners and lessees may park in front of their driveway, but the vehicle must be registered to the address and the address must be only one or two units. As an aside, it also seems that the SF code violates the CA code: there’s no mention in the former about the issuance of a permit to allow parking in front of a driveway.

    CALIFORNIA VEHICLE CODE SECTION 22500-22526

    22500. No person shall stop, park, or leave standing any vehicle whether attended or unattended, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a peace officer or official traffic control device, in any of the following places:
    (e) In front of a public or private driveway, except that a bus engaged as a common carrier, school bus, or a taxicab may stop to load or unload passengers when authorized by local authorities pursuant to an ordinance.

    22507.2. Notwithstanding subdivision (e) of Section 22500, a local authority may, by ordinance, authorize the owner or lessee of property to park a vehicle in front of the owner’s or lessee’s private driveway when the vehicle displays a permit issued pursuant to the ordinance authorizing such parking.

    San Francisco Transportation Code:
    SEC. 1004. PARKING OF VEHICLES ACROSS private DRIVEWAYS.

    The owner or lessee of property shall be permitted to Park the owner’s or lessee’s vehicle across the private driveway of said property, provided that such vehicle displays a valid license plate registered to the address of that property with the Department of Motor Vehicles, and provided that such driveway serves no more than two family dwelling units.

  • erby

    Happy birthday, Aaron!

  • “Ong and his kids — an 8-year-old and an infant — were shaken by the incident.”

    So the end result of this one is going to be no penalty for the raging cop, but the PCO Ong will be charged with child abuse?

  • I don’t necessary approve of your proposal of property owners or tenants being prohibited from parallel parking in front of their curb cut. I live in a neighborhood where parking is pretty hard and there’s a lot of short curbs that won’t fit a car. At least with the current law allowing property owners/tenants to block the driveway (for homes with one, two (or three?) tenant units), the system works.

    As for leasing off the curb cut, I don’t like the concept of MoneyParking. What happens if you live in a duplex and the upstairs neighbor disapproves of it and tows the car?

  • Mario Tanev

    I can see how owners parking at curb cuts does reduce contention a little bit, but most curb cuts go unused so I don’t think they make much of a dent. If properly marketed by the city, they could make a dent and make revenue for the city. But the city has just gifted them to homeowners for no good reason. SFMTA should charge owners market price for curb cuts, in which case they can use MonkeyParking to recoup some of their cost OR the city could institute its own program and reduce fees for homeowners who participate in the program.

  • murphstahoe

    most curb cuts go used. As a place to park one’s car because the garage is full of crap.

  • murphstahoe

    Presumably Monkey Parking will be giving their “employees” a W2 or 1099…. That $5 to rent your spot is a lot less appealing when you actually have to file your taxes on the income.