Newsom takes stand against raising meter rates 

If Mayor Gavin Newsom has learned anything, it’s not to follow the footsteps of Oakland when it comes to setting policy for stricter parking regulations.

Newsom on Thursday said he is dead set against raising meter rates into the evening hours in San Francisco even in the wake of a $522 million budget deficit.

“I am vehemently against extending parking meter hours in this economy and hurting small businesses, and I will not support that,” Newsom said. “And those who are eager to do that should take a look at what was done in the East Bay and see how that was received.”

But what is on the table for debate is charging for parking on Sundays, which is currently free to city residents. He admits that it’s not a solution that will solve the budget problem, but it’s still under consideration.

“It is on the table, and some merchants actually like it because it turns over parking, but residents are outraged because we all, including me, have come to enjoy not getting a ticket and not having to put coins in a meter on a Sunday afternoon,” Newsom said. “It’s a tough balancing act."

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