Sunday parking fees needed, official says
I applaud Dr. Amy Bacharach’s devotion to our city, but her premise is wrong (“S.F. transportation agency looking in wrong direction with meter extension,” Opinion, Sunday).
Effective management of parking on Sundays is not strictly about generating revenue. Modernizing our policy is meant to support business and ensure that parking is available for customers and visitors. When I proposed this budget, which will make a significant investment in maintenance to improve Muni service, I had to make tough decisions to cut staff, cut spending and seek additional revenue sources. All this while avoiding cuts in service and increasing daily fares.
Not enforcing meters on Sundays was a policy developed in the 1950s because, back then, most businesses were closed on Sundays. In today’s San Francisco, three-quarters of all businesses are open. A common complaint we hear from merchants is that parking in front of their stores is hard to come by, because people use those spots to park their cars all day.
It’s also important to point out that for decades, meters have been enforced all day on Saturdays (rather than noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays) and no one has fled The City because of that specific parking management tool. This new policy would work to create turnover and parking availability, ease congestion and speed up transit in an attempt to make our city as efficient as possible for everyone.
Director of transportation, SFMTA
Disabled need placards
Laura Lucas Rotbert may want to devote a few more seconds of thought to her ill-conceived suggestion that we “make the placards valid for only one or two months.” (“Placard abuse hurting S.F.,” Letters, Tuesday).
I can see some decorated veteran with his legs blown off being told that since it’s only a temporary disability, the placard is only temporary, too. If you then make an exception for him, what about the elderly driver with an amputated leg from diabetes or the AIDS patient with chronic wasting symptoms?
Even Ms. Rotbert would probably say those are all legitimate and permanent disabilities.
Perhaps enforcement would be the more thoughtful approach, rather than telling the wounded vet, “we’re sorry about your sacrifice ... that’ll be 100 bucks for the ticket, please.”
John J. Dillon
Campaign ban not political
I am wondering, just who does London Breed think she is? (“Supervisor hopeful blasts ban,” Tuesday). Mayor Ed Lee has more important things on his mind than singling her out for “political” action. After all, if Planning Commissioner Michael Garcia (also running for supervisor) thinks this is a “reasonable policy,” why is Ms. Breed, a fire commissioner, so special?
In fact, had she done any research at all, she would have discovered, as was pointed out in this article, that banning city commissioners from running for the Board of Supervisors has been enforced regularly by past mayors. Why Ms. Breed cannot see that she is creating a conflict is deeply troubling for this District 5 resident.
Target Muni fare dodgers
All-door boarding for Muni is to begin July 1. But all-door boarding has been taking place for a long time on the 30-Stockton, 45-Union-Stockton and 8-Bayshore Express lines. I have never seen a fare inspector and wonder how many are boarding for free.
Is Muni ever going to have fare inspectors on these lines? How much money is lost due to fare dodgers?