Major improvements are coming to San Francisco parking, but not everyone is happy about it.
Muni employees have long been exempt from certain parking tickets, but starting soon they'll have to pay just like anyone else. That's expected to help close a little over a million dollars' worth of the $21 million shortfall the agency faces, according to the Ex.
Predictably, the bus operators' union is appalled, claiming that it's unrealistic to expect its employees to take transit to work.
If they refuse to feed the meter, Muni drivers will be hit with a $55 ticket. For now, they will continue to get ample pay and hefty yearly bonuses from the city.
But parking will get easier for child-care providers. Under new rules, nannies will be able to apply for parking permits in the neighborhoods where they work. They'll still have to pay for the permit, but under previous rules they wouldn't have been eligible to apply.
The nanny exemption came with a strange condition: families must petition their neighbors to allow each permit. That means going door-to-door, which will be difficult on blocks with apartment high-rises containing hundreds of units, according to the Ex.