Fisherman's Wharf parking lot gains new operator 

The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee approved a three-year lease on Wednesday between the Port and a parking lot operator, Central Parking System, Inc., for a prime Fisherman's Wharf lot long run by a group of restaurant owners.

The Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant Association has operated the prime 286-spot parking lot under an agreement with the Port since 1982, but the Port recently chose to go out to bid and select a new operator to run it for at least three years after the association’s operation of the lot came under scrutiny and criticism in a City Controller audit

“The lease agreement would provide the port with a minimum rent revenue totaling about $5.9 million over the three years,” Budget analyst Harvey Rose said. “As the port has indicated this is a significant increase from the existing revenues, we calculated on a combined basis about a 191 percent increase in rent.”

Members of the association have strongly opposed the decision to take the lot’s operation away from the group, and say they are worried about seeing a reduction in the number of customers if an operator comes in with a focus on profit.

Supervisor John Avalos, committee chair, said the Port is trying to bring its “policies to more current standards.”

“That’s the thrust behind a lot of the work that’s being done,” he said.

The full board is expected to vote Tuesday on the lease agreement.

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