mck_meter.jpgIn today’s Budget and Finance Committee meeting, they’ll be voting on the controversial proposal to add 133 parking meters to the Eastern end of Golden Gate Park.

The proposal has been raised and felled before, but, according to the Examiner, this time is different: “Mayor Gavin Newsom, who has previously opposed the idea, is now supporting it as part of a deal he struck last Wednesday with Avalos, chair of the Board of Supervisors budget committee.”

Under the current proposal, about 1,800 spaces out of the Park’s current 8,300 would be metered. While the details on rates for the meters have yet to be worked out, (Ren-Fest hatin‘) Parks and Rec have somehow been able to project that the first year (the meters would go in April 1, no fooling) would generate about $500K in revenue, $1.4 M in the second, and that the MTA would make about $823,000 per year from tickets for expired/unpaid parking, “providing the MTA with a $379,000 net profit.”

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Greg Dewar

    Wow Avalos is an idiot. His lack of experience is really showing. Yeah sure some budget hack did the “numbers” and said “o hai! let’z put lots of meters in de park and make moneys!” but no one has thought about the aesthetic, much less the fact that this is going to make the city MORE dependent on the car for revenue.

    Epic fails on all sides and once again the Mayor agrees to cheap moves to “make money” but of course failed to consider real revenue. And a fail again to Avalos who continues to make budget disasters. Sad to think our only other alternative in that race was that arrogant guy.

  • Seven

    I’m hoping that the meters will be daytime only. I enjoy the night time events at the museums.