Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Frustrated Drivers Launch New Website to Oppose More Parking Meters

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM

click to enlarge ENUF already!
  • ENUF already!

Do you ever feel like San Francisco has more and more parking meters to feed? And what about that parking anxiety that bubbles up, making you too nervous to park in a certain neighborhood because you know you will get another ticket you can't afford.

Well, you're not alone. Beleaguered drivers have formed an organization with the goal of making parking your car in San Francisco a little less painful.

Eastern Neighborhoods United Front, whose acronym appropriately spells ENUF, launched its website this week, announcing its next fight to pick: "preventing the SFMTA from blanketing our San Francisco neighborhoods with more parking meters."

ENUF, created by S.F. residents and business owners last year, won its first victory back in December when it filed an appeal over the controversial smart meters. It was this appeal that eventually forced SFMTA to put the kibosh on its plan to install these meters near the Mission Bay neighborhood, said Mari Eliza, spokeswoman for the group.
More recently, the group's message gained momentum when the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce asked the agency to consider the economic impacts of new parking meters near local businesses. Currently, the group is speaking at public meetings, and plans to conduct polls and surveys with local residents and business owners, hoping this will provide better parking information that could contradict MTA's plans to start making consumers pay to park.

Eliza said what's just as frustrating as trying to find a parking spot in San Francisco is the MTA's apparent resistance to hear them out. "They appear disinterested in what people have to say and set in their ways," she told SF Weekly

However, the MTA doesn't agree with this view of their fleeting interest from the public during these meetings.

"[SFMTA is] certainly interested in what this group, and other stakeholders, have to say," said MTA Spokesman Paul Rose . "We're absolutely committed to working with them to get these proposals done."

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