Muni Employees Now Have to Pay to Park -- Just Like the Rest of Us

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Muni workers almost successfully proved that they were, without a doubt, the most entitled government workers in San Francisco. But alas, they've been deflated.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency on Tuesday approved a new rule: Muni workers must pay to park at any of the agency's 1,000 parking spots or else they will get slapped with a $55 ticket.

Up until now, Muni workers have enjoyed free parking (and they still get hefty raises). But with a more than $21 million budget deficit, the agency finally decided it was time for their own workers to suck it up and pay for parking.

Last week, the board cowered away from voting on the issue after Muni employees groaned about the possibility of having to pay fines if they don't shell out $80 for parking permits, which would generate $1.3 million annually. The board went into closed session to discuss the issue and later announced they would postpone a vote.

At that time, Muni's chief executive Nat Ford, said it was a possibility that they would scrap the plan altogether, seeing how upset employees were over the proposal.

But Tuesday's vote came with no hesitation -- the board approved the new fines unanimously. Paul Rose, spokesman for the MTA, said it is only fair.

"As a transit--first city we want to lead by example," Rose said.

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NO ON G

PRESIDENT OBAMA SHOUTED WE NEED CHANGE IN AMERICAS SOCIETAL ILLS...WAS THAT CHANGE HE MENTIONED UNILATERAL OVERT PILLAGE OF OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ? BECAUSE HERE IN FRISCO OUR LOCAL GOV. HAVE BANDIT TOGTHER ALONG WITH OUR LOCAL PAPERS TO PASS A PROPOSITION THAT DESTROYS BASIC LIVING WAGES..THERE IS NOTHING NEW ABOUT DRIVER TRUST FUNDS...THE WAGE GUARANTEE IS NOTHING NEW...WORK RULES HAVE BEEN IN PLACE THAT VIOLATE EVERYONE...TO ATTACK A DRIVER IS LIKE STEALING FROM A BABY...A BABY CANT FIGHT BACK...A BABY CANT EXPLAIN HOW AND WHY...A BABY HAS NO SAY IN HOW AND WHAT IT LIKES TO EAT OTHER THEN SCREAMING AND SCREAMING IS ALL A DRIVER CAN DO..IT JUST DEPENDS ON WHO'S LISTENING @@ ^. .

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NO ON G

WHEN THE RACIST PAPERS WRITE ARTICLES ON MUNI ITS NEVER A GOOD NEWS ARTICLE...ITS NEVER FACTUAL OTHER THEN MENTIONING "ACCIDENT" OR "DELAY"... * WHERE IS THE IN DEPTH REPORTING ON WHO SHOULD FUND TRANSIT BESIDES THE WORKING CLASS ?EXAMINER,SF WEEKLY,ETC...NEVER MENTIONS HOW INEFFICIENT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY VIOLATIONS FOR DRIVERS THAT EXIST ON A DAILY **NEVER EVER MENTIONS THE REAL BANDITS OF OUR DEFICIT(S)AND "THEY" WILL NEVER BE PATRIOTIC AND REPORT (WHY) MUNI IS ONE OF THE BEST TRANSIT AGENCIES(6TH) AS FAR AS RELIABLE SERVICE CONSIDERING HOW BAD EQUIPMENT AND ROADS AND ABUSIVE PASSENGERS ARE... ****BECAUSE MAJOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AND BLOATED MANAGERIAL SALARIES ARE MANDATED BY THE BILLIONAIRES WHO DICTATE WHO GETS THE BLAME,HOW THEY PLAN TO HAVE ALL CITY WORKERS "PAY-TO-WORK" AND TO CONTROL HOW THE AVERAGE SAN FRANCISCANS THINK(VOTE) WHEN IT REFERS TO MINORITY BASED MUNICIPAL DISPUTES SUCH AS PROP G,COLLECTIVE BARGAINING,OR COST OF LIVING STANDARDS...WHY DO YOU THINK MOST WHO COMMENT ON DRIVERS ARE FULL OF DISDAIN- I CALL "OBLIVIOUS INSTITUTIONAL HATE" PEOPLE DON'T THINK FOR THEMSELVES AND SFMTA AND SEAN ELSBERN AND MOST RACIST KNOW THIS...RICH vs. POOR WORKING CLASSWHO MANDATES WHAT YOU READ OR SEE ON TV...?

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NO ON G

HERE'S AN EXAMPLE OF WHY THIS ISSUE IS SO ABSURD...BESIDES THE FACT THAT FOLKS WHO PAY FOR PARKING CAN'T COMPREHEND WHY THIS CAN NOT WORK@CERTAIN BUS BARNS:#1) POTRERO DIV. 30 AVAILABLE STALLS vs. 200 PLUS OPERATORS#2) $80 NO GUARANTEED AVAILABILITY #3) INVITES STREET CRIMINALS TO ROB TICKET MACHINE(MAGNETIC STRIP)#4) SUPERVISORS,TM-1'S,MECHANICS,ALL NEED STALLS#5) $80 FOR WHAT?#5) $80 COME ON SON(ANOTHER CHUNK OUT OF WAGES)

mike415
mike415

Muni employees are being punished for not agreeing to a pay cut, The unfortunate thing is that other city employee's also park in their lots many of whom have agreed to help the city out by taking a very generous pay cut.

EquityM
EquityM

MUNI is being picked on if they are the only City employee groupthat has to pay for parking their private vehicles at work.all the City Departments advertise themselves as "Transit First."

Toxic
Toxic

EquityM:

Most other City of SF employees DO pay for parking already.

scurvy
scurvy

I'd love to see some enforcement stats on this once it goes into effect. I'm guessing it's a "on paper only" ruling and they will effectively get to park for free.

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