Disgruntled residents band together to protest meters in eastern neighborhoods 

click to enlarge Residents of several eastern neighborhoods are banding together to oppose the installation of new parking meters. - SF EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • Residents of several eastern neighborhoods are banding together to oppose the installation of new parking meters.

Disgruntled residents in The City’s eastern neighborhoods have banded together to protest the installation of parking meters in their communities.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency plans to add about 5,000 parking meters in the Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, Mission District and SoMa District neighborhoods.

Residents came out in force against the decision during a January hearing, forcing the SFMTA to later delay the project. Now, the locals have created a group, called the Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF), to squelch the agency’s plans for good.

ENUF has started an online presence to highlight their concerns with the plan, and the group is circulating a census survey around the neighborhood to gather further feedback of community concerns, said Tony Kelly, a Potrero Hill activist who is leading the effort.

Kelly said there is a congestion problem in the neighborhoods, and residents aren’t completely opposed to the installation of any parking meters. However, he said meters alone aren’t the answer. The SFMTA should look into implementing residential permit zones, using private shuttles and cutting down on out-of-town commuter parking as a way to combat the congestion, he said.

“We need a comprehensive parking plan for this area,” said Kelly, who added that thousands of residents have signed a petition opposing the SFMTA’s meter proposal. “We can’t just put a meter in front of somebody’s home and pretend that that’s going to solve the problem.”

Paul Rose, spokesman for the SFMTA, said the agency is considering whether residential parking permit zones may be appropriate in some areas of the eastern neighborhoods. The agency will hold off on its plans to install parking meters until it finishes its public outreach campaign, which is scheduled to begin in September and wrap up in April.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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