When D.C. recently doubled its parking meter rates, many folks called it a tax hike. But it’s not. It’s a price hike — on a product already being subsidized by the taxpayers.
Parking is an issue where I think Left and Right should agree. Liberals want people to drive cars less. Conservatives want markets, rather than government, to set the price of things. Read More
District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier’s proposal to change oversight of city parking lots from the Fire Department to the Police Department will go to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Alioto-Pier’s legislation would call for background checks on lot operators and criminal histories of employees in order to obtain business permits. Read More
Motorists parking in seven San Francisco neighborhoods could enjoy longer stays at meters, although the price will vary depending on demand for the spaces. Read More
Parking lot operators near the airport are fighting a new fee they say threatens their businesses.The San Francisco International Airport wants to raise revenue by charging nearby parking lot operators who drive shuttles to the airport a “privilege fee,” which is done at other airports. Read More
A series of parking fee and fine increases will take effect today, including a $20 hike for The City’s residential parking permits.
The residential parking permits, available to San Francisco residents in neighborhoods without strong commercial presences, will increase from $76 to $96, a move that was approved in February by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. The $20 increase means that since 2008, the cost has gone up by 60 percent, from $60 to $96. Read More
Merchants in the Ferry Building Marketplace fear their businesses will suffer after plans were dumped to add parking spaces to the adjacent plaza.
As The Examiner reported in December, the Port of San Francisco planned to add 65 spaces to the Ferry Plaza for six years to raise funds for an $879,000 plaza improvement project.
But the proposal was dumped following strong community opposition to use of the site for parking, according to Port waterfront planner Jonathan Stern. Read More
On Wednesday, District 11 Supervisor John Avalos will vote, along with other members of the Budget and Finance Committee, on whether to allow the Port Commission to lease surface parking space on the northern waterfront to a private company for three years. In March, the Port began searching for companies interested in obtaining leases. It received 38 bids, and the Port is expected to earn $5 million. Read More
Police officers, Fire Department officials, judges and other public employees could be the focus of a new crackdown on parking policies that would net the struggling San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency $4 million a year. Read More
Shoppers and others who carpool to eight downtown parking garages in San Francisco will get free short-term parking, starting today until Dec. 27.
Under the Holiday Carpool Parking program, the city-owned garages are offering one hour free parking from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. if there are three occupants in the vehicle and two hours free parking with four or more occupants. Read More