New meters a nuisance
Your front-page coverage of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency ending Sunday meter enforcement shines a light on a public agency that, while beginning to see the light, remains largely unaccountable, and insensitive to real and varied neighborhood needs. Sunday enforcement was just the tip of the iceberg.
Case in point: Parking meters were installed curbside recently in front of the Rhoda Goldman Plaza senior residence on Post Street, as well as across the street, next to the Western Addition library. New meters seriously limit access to both facilities.
Friends and relatives of Rhoda Goldman residents, mostly seniors themselves, can no longer easily park for a short visit or to check on a resident, or to pick someone up for an outing or doctor’s visit, without the fear of a parking citation.
Prior to meters, parking turnover was not a problem here. Now, enforcement is one additional barrier to visiting those with limited mobility, who welcome guests. Guests can’t transport elderly residents with walkers via public transit! The residence’s garage parking a block away is ill-suited to routine, short-visit traffic. Library patrons, likewise, exceed the capacity of a small adjacent lot.
Externalizing transit agency revenue problems via meter income deprives seniors of needed visits (and library users of uninterrupted research time). Numerous other casualties of one-size-fits-all neighborhood meter installment undoubtedly exist throughout The City. Harmful revenue squeezing is not environmentally sound planning.
The SFMTA needs to remove some recently installed meters in places where they should never have been installed.
“Police complaints dip, doubts linger,” The City, Thursday
Audit complaints office
It is apparent from your article that the Office of Citizen Complaints is claiming quality work and an overwhelming work load. The next step will be a request for additional staffing and a larger budget. This is very typical of departments that want to empire-build.
It may be bureaucratic ineptitude and the use of unqualified and inefficient staffing that is causing the backlogs. Additionally, citizens are abusing the system when they use the receptive OCC to complain about traffic citations as an avenue to seek revenge on issuing officers. Certainly my experience with the agency would point to these areas.
An extensive outside audit is probably long overdue for this agency before throwing additional taxpayer money at them.
Robert A. Jung
➤ “Don’t punish landlords,” From Readers, Opinion, Friday
Stop Ellis Act evictions
A letter writer wrote that landlords should not be punished if they need to move into their own property.
Recent Ellis Act evictions do not seem to be for owner move-ins. Landlords just want to get rid of tenants.
What about the landlords who want to sell their buildings and hire real estate agents who tell prospective buyers to Ellis Act the building to get the current tenants out?
What about landlords harassing tenants and doing illegal things to get current tenants out of the building?
This is what seems to be happening now. The Ellis Act seems to be used at this time to get rid of senior- and low-income people.