Letters from our readers: Metering headaches can be avoided easily

In order to raise additional revenue, city officials have come up with the brilliant idea of adding more parking meters and extending times of operation into Sundays. It’s the typical bureaucratic solution — increase fees and taxes without regard to repercussions.

How about thinking outside of the box for once? What would happen if we just assumed that people who enter the city will eventually want to park? Based on this, we could charge every driver an amount roughly equal to what they’d spend on parking — something like the FasTrak that we currently use for crossing bridges.

No more early Saturday morning wake ups (Sundays soon to be added). No more rushing out of restaurants before dessert, just to feed the meter. And no more driving around in circles just to find a spot to park that won’t result in an early morning ticket.

And all the millions we spend on parking enforcer salaries each year could be devoted to something far more productive.

Kellog Stover
San Francisco


Muni’s continuing mishaps

The Muni accident on March 31 left three trains full of passengers standing in the rain at Marin and Third streets for 25 minutes. We were told at Fourth and King streets that we should disembark at Marin Street where a shuttle bus would pick us up. It never came.

Finally a T-line train came and took us to Evans Street where we still had to wait. I get off work at 7 p.m. and I didn’t arrive home until 9:15. When if ever will Muni work right?

Mary Carr
San Francisco


PG&E is not the enemy

Whether you like PG&E or not, it is not the enemy. The company has little control over the cost of energy but is not allowed to pass these costs on to the customers. The idea that government can do a better job of providing gas and electricity is absurd. Remember when the IRS took over management of the Mustang Ranch? They couldn’t make a profit and gave it back. How can we expect them to manage energy when they couldn’t even make a profit selling sex and whiskey?

Vote yes on Proposition 16.

Keith C. De Filippis
San Jose


Pay stations work better

The picture accompanying your March 31 story, “Meter changes may be coming,” highlights the blight to our city of the 25,000 parking meters already installed on sidewalks — with at least 5,405 more meters likely coming soon.

After years of meters being stolen, jammed, fooled by phony slugs or wrecked by coin thieves, the San Francisco supervisors are determined to add even more meters in hopes of raising additional money for their schemes.

Perhaps San Francisco could take a tip from Oakland and switch to multiple meter pay stations where coins would be collected at one or more points per block, resulting in less installation and meter costs, lower maintenance and less visual blight.

Frank Norton
San Francisco

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