The decidedly pro-car and parking ballot measure known as “Restoring Transportation Balance in San Francisco” has qualified for the November ballot.
If passed, the measure would seek to ensure that the City “equally enforce(s) traffic laws for all users of San Francisco’s streets and sidewalks” and would establish the following as official City policy:
- Parking meters should not operate on Sundays, legal holidays, or outside the hours of 9am to 6pm. And starting on July 1, 2015, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority should freeze fees for City-owned parking garages, meters, parking tickets and neighborhood parking permits for five years
- The City should not install any additional parking meters or parking meters with demand-responsive pricing in any neighborhood, unless a majority of households and businesses in that neighborhood have signed a petition supporting the changes
- SFMTA should use a portion of funds generated by new parking, vehicle-related fees, or the sale of bonds for SFMTA purposes, to construct and operate neighborhood parking garages
- The goal of any proposed re-engineering of traffic flows by the City should be to achieve safer, smoother-flowing streets, and
- SFMTA’s Board of Directors should include a fair representation of all transportation stakeholders, including motorists, and SFMTA should create a Motorists’ Citizens Advisory Committee
While the policy would be non-binding, passage of the measure would establish a clear basis for public push-back or legal challenges of actions by the City which run counter to “the will of the people.”