S.F. Mayor Lee wants free parking at meters on Sundays

Meter Madness

By Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross :sfgate – excerpt

San Francisco Mayor Ed Leeis calling for an end to Sunday metered parking in the city.

“I’ve always felt uncomfortable with it, but Muni was suffering and we needed the money,” Lee said Tuesday. “Now, I think we have come up with a better way to finance Muni in the long haul, so why not give people a break?”

The city started charging for Sunday street parking last January, something officials expected would bring in $1.7 million annually for cash-strapped Muni.

The take has been a lot better than that – closer to $6 million, with nearly half coming from parking tickets, which can run as high as $72.

Lee said the lopsided ticket take was one reason for calling off Sunday pay for parking.

“It was just nickel-and-diming people to death,” he said.

Lee plans to call for the rollback in his State…

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