Here's Something You Can Do If You're Pissed About Paying for Parking on Sunday

Categories: SF Parking

Update 9 p.m.: Muni says it issued 4,000 warnings on Sunday to drivers who didn't pay the meter for one reason or another.

Did you forget to plug the meter this past Sunday, despite our friendly reminder that you can no longer completely rest on your one day of rest?

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency hasn't responded to us, so we can't tell you how many drivers forgot to feed the meter on Sunday, when paying for parking on the Sabbath started. If you forgot this time, best you use the next two Sundays to start practicing, because come Jan. 27 the fastidious meter maids will no longer issue warnings, but parking tickets.

See also: SoCal Man Nixes Moving to S.F. After Car Gets Towed in Bernal Heights

So what can you do about the new oppressive parking rules?

Not much, really, but you can sign this petition, which asks the SFMTA to stop making San Francisco an all-around miserable place for drivers.

According to the petition, which has gotten 1,243 signatures:

As residents and taxpayers of San Francisco we believe that the SFMTA's first and foremost responsibility is to improve MUNI and to make MUNI a more desirable means of transportation. It is not SFMTA's job to make owning and driving a motor vehicle more expensive and difficult.

The SFMTA needs to be accountable to all the citizens of San Francisco. We need a balanced, unbiased municipal transportation policy.

We respectfully request that the Mayor and District Supervisors immediately stop the SFMTA from:

1. Installing new parking meters and extending the hours of enforcement
2. Enforcing Sunday parking meters
3. Increasing meter rates, fees and fines

The petition, which is being circulated by Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF), needs 2,000 signatures before it is delivered to the Board of Supervisors.

Here's what some of the most recent petitioners have said about the new parking rules:

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If you share some of those sentiments above, feel free sign the petition. Or you could just do what so many San Franciscans are doing these days: Move to Oakland, where housing is cheap(er) and Sunday parking is (still) free.




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rickrack
rickrack

I live in the city and I work in the city. I have to drive to work on Sudays only because BART doesn't run early enough. Will BART and MUNI run like weekdays?  NO you have to pay more and hire more....more....more...more money.  Fix MUNI's budget issues like actually hiring another mechanic instead of paying the BS OT among other things.  Fire people causing massive insurance payouts who are horrible drivers and not meant to work with the public... just some places to start.

sfparkripoff
sfparkripoff

It is clear transit-first has been way overused and absolutely misinterpreted. Parking meter revenues that should go toward garages and the pavement of streets are instead funneled into the city's general fund. When no one is looking the General Fund is raided to pay for other projects (like the 1.6 Billion Dollar Central subway).  As taxpayers, we paid for the streets and we pay to maintain them. It is not a fundamental right of the city to double tax its residents through this back-door mechanism. 

Motorists pay .60 cents (per gallon) in gasoline taxes to pay for building and maintaining the roads. If anyone doubts why San Francisco is broke, look no further than the fact that 1 out of 3 public employees make over $100,000 a year, 20% more than the private sector pay, with vastly better benefits and health care. On average, public retirees who have retired and are earning pensions are receiving higher pay than non-government residents who are currently in the workforce.


jspidersf
jspidersf

I'll sign the petition that calls for both free parking and free Muni on Sundays . . . and identifies a new revenue source to pay for them.

Brian
Brian

How is making people pay for parking on Sundays oppressive? I think you have it backwards. It's oppressive for me that I know I can't drive to a store on Sunday because all the meters are full with people who parked their cars in them on Saturday night with no plans to move them until Monday morning. So free parking means I can't shop on Sunday with my car. I'm excited for enforcement because there will actually be a chance that I can find a parking spot again. Retailers love parking meters! (It was store owners who invented parking meters to encourage turnover of parking spaces.)

sebraleaves
sebraleaves topcommenter

Thanks for mentioning our petition. We don't plan to stop at 2,000. We plan to press on. Each day the signatures and comments are delivered to the city officials. They are well aware of the growing resentment and lack of trust in the SFMTA. Residents are demanding a change of guard in the city's biggest, fattest agency that can't seem to make anyone happy and is collapsing under its own weight.Sunday parking meters are a tip of the iceberg. Please sign the petition and share your feelings about the SFMTA.

Landoke
Landoke

"Or you could just do what so many San Franciscans are doing these days: Move to Oakland, where housing is cheap(er) and Sunday parking is (still) free."

That's funny. Last I checked, Oakland's population is down 2%, and SF's is up by 9%. How could this be, what with free Sunday parking!?

KWillets
KWillets

I'm tired of paying my mortgage.  The city should make all land free on Sundays.

shotwellian
shotwellian

This article is pretty disappointing. It would be good to at least make an actual argument if you're going to endorse signing this petition. If people want to store their private cars on public streets, it's entirely reasonable to expect them to pay a small fee to do so. "Free" parking just passes the cost of increased car use--pollution, traffic, etc--on to the rest of society. 

CarlosTheDwarf5
CarlosTheDwarf5

So when are they going to start charging handicap placards for parking? If they're so hard up for money, that's an easy source of revenue. I have no problems with handicap parking but i don't get why they don't have to pay for parking.

bulk2
bulk2

Sorry, but free parking on Sunday is a legacy from an era when shops were closed Sundays. If people are actually leaving San Francisco over parking, then I'm pretty sure those folks are better suited to a suburban lifestyle in the first place.

I'm sick of my taxpayer dollars going to fund everyone's private car parking on public streets. Muni still costs $2 on Sundays last I checked.

jonosf
jonosf

Parking on Sunday should be free because Muni is free on Sunday! Oh wait, no it isn't. It's a good thing that the city is about to stop subsidizing people who choose unsustainable transportation methods at the expense of those who don't.

ChachitoSF
ChachitoSF

Is this a joke? Know your readership or rename yourselves "Walnut Creek Weekly."

sfparkripoff
sfparkripoff

@sebraleaves Agreed. The government should not be profiting off of citizens. If the city of San Francisco needs money to implement a new project idea, it's their responsibility to go to the citizens with a proposal to be voted on. Robbing taxpayers to pay the salaries and pensions of city workers is criminal.

sfparkripoff
sfparkripoff

Your argument is ridiculous. The government should not be profiting off of citizens. If the city of San Francisco needs money to implement a new project idea, it's their responsibility to go to the citizens with a proposal to be voted on. Robbing taxpayers to pay the salaries and pensions of city workers is criminal.

sfparkripoff
sfparkripoff

@bulk2 - Sorry Bulk. Your taxpayer dollars are NOT paying for people to park their cars on the streets. .60 cents from every gallon of gas goes back to the government to to pay for building and maintaining roads. 

Your money is going to pay for a 1.6 Billion Dollar Central Subway and the 8000 city employees who are earning over $100,000 a year. Your taxpayer dollars are going to pay for the lavish gold plated pensions of city employees who retire at 55.

sfparkripoff
sfparkripoff

@jonosfLets be clear about who is subsidizing who and which form of transportation is unsustainable.   You can travel anyplace on public transit for only $2.00 each way so yes, MUNI is pretty much free. Motorists pay for gasoline taxes, vehicle registration fees, RPP permits, state sales taxes, and for the 8000 city employees who earn over $100,000 a year. 


sfparkripoff
sfparkripoff

@jonosf - You mean the people who can travel around the city for only $2.00 each way. How about the free MUNI for low income youth?  Hmmm. How about the cost of the Bicycle Lanes that cyclists are not paying for?  How about the millions of dollars that MUNI loses every year to fare evaders?

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