SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 18: A man works on his laptop as he sits on a temporary lawn that takes up a metered parking space while participating in (park)ing day September 18, 2009 in San Francisco, California. Artists and environmental activist around the globe are celebrating (park)ing day by transforming big city parking spaces into temporary works of art and mini parks to raise awareness of the lack of recreation areas in big cities. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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.