The SF Park Meter System is a JOB KILLING failure and should be scrapped by the City. The new metering system will bilk motorists to expand city government by treating the streets and the sidewalks as a new source of government revenue. This de facto tax threatens to price residents out of their neighborhoods and decimate small businesses. More than 1 in 3 of San Francisco's nearly 27,000 city workers earned $100,000 or more last year. The revenue from these new meters will gouge residents and only benefit the pockets, and pension plans of city employees.
The variable rate meters are a huge inconvenience to residents, and has made made San Francisco a less desirable place to rent, own real estate, or operate a business. Smaller businesses, the bulk of whom employ middle-class
residents will bear the brunt of the pain, along with local residents who can no longer afford to park in their own neighborhoods. The "variable pricing" can go up to $6.00/hr. or $18.00/hr. for "special events." Charging residents $10-$50 per day to park in front of their homes is unsustainable.
It is class warfare that favors the wealthiest residents of the city and penalizes poorer, working class citizens who have less money and education. Residents and business owners should not have to own a smart phone, or be digitally literate to park their cars, or do business in San Francisco.
San Francisco shares the top spot for the steepest parking meter fines in the U.S. and has the third highest hourly parking rates for metered spaces.Our city businesses and residents don’t deserve this job-killing excuse to make our lives all the more stressful. We the undersigned, ask that the Mayor, The Board of Supervisors, and the SFMTA to realign themselves with their constituents and scrap this deeply unpopular SFPark Meter system.