parking_meter.jpgBack in July, the Board of Supes considered the San Francisco County Transportation Authority‘s On-Street Parking Management And Pricing Study, which recommended things like increasing parking meter rates, expanding meters into more neighborhoods, and extending parking meter hours to 10 PM on weekdays.

MTA chief Nathaniel Ford promised a study from his own agency back in May,and according to Streetsblog, this as-yet-incomplete study “affirms that extending meter hours is good parking management that will improve driver convenience and create turnover for businesses.”

Mayor Gavin Newsom seems to disagree, saying through a representative that he “thinks it’s the wrong time to make these moves…right now, with the economy where it is, the burden on ordinary people for city services is already stretched to the max.”

What do you think, is this one of those times where the Mayor’s going to the bat for us little guys, preserving us from being quarter, nickled, and dimed to death — or is he standing in the way of a rad, revenue generating idea?

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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

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