Jilted small business owner set to finally receive parking contract from SFMTA

Nearly two years after a city parking contract with a small business owner was rejected by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, leading to a lawsuit against the SFMTA’s former executive director, the agency’s board of directors is set to approve the same contract with the same proprietor.

Fred Bekele was informed in Sept. 2009 that his company — called Convenient Parking — had won a lucrative contract to operate some SFMTA-owned garages. However, some of the bidders for that contract contested the award, saying the field of applicants wasn’t broad enough. In March 2010, the SFMTA board rejected the tentative agreement with Bekele and put the contract back out to bid.

Now, Bekele seems poised to finally win that parking contract. A consortium led by him called IMCO Parking LLC has been recommended to manage the Golden Gateway and St. Mary’s garages, which collectively gross $13 million in revenue annually.

Bekele said he hopes the SFMTA’s board of directors “does the right thing,” by approving the contract recommendation.

“They never showed me any real justification for why we had to wait two extra years for this contract,” said Bekele.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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