Transit Not Traffic!
Yes on A! No on H!
Vote for Muni! Vote Yes on A!
San Franciscans will have a clear choice this November between two visions of the city. Simply put, it's a choice between more transit or more traffic.
San Francisco has had a "Transit First" policy since the early 1970's. Transit First resulted from the Freeway Revolt of the early 1960's and the realization that San Francisco's compact neighborhoods and narrow streets could not sustain the increasing automobile-centered growth.
No, No, NO on Proposition H!
This November, our "Transit First" policy is threatened by Proposition H. Prop H, deceptively named "Parking for Neighborhoods", will roll back three decades of successful policy aimed at encouraging residents to walk, use transit, and bicycle. It is one of the most radical, anti-environmental, anti-planning measures to make it onto the San Francisco Ballot.
Prop H is really "Traffic For Neighborhoods"
Here's why Prop H is disastrous for San Francisco:
Traffic and pollution for our neighborhoods. If Prop H passes, the Planning Department estimates up to 20,000 new vehicles congesting San Francisco roads every day within the next 20 years. That means more traffic and more air pollution, and the problems associated with both: more danger for bicyclists and pedestrians, child asthma, and global warming. Prop H will also increase the amount of parking downtown by 400-600%, bringing even more traffic into the City! In addition, Prop H forces an off-street parking space upon every new housing unit built outside the northeastern section of the city. What about those of us who don't want to own a car?
Danger for bicyclists, pedestrians, street trees! This measure would give a property owner the absolute right to build a garage in their existing residential building - regardless of whether the curb cut is on a key bike route! Curb cuts encourage cars to back out and drive over bike lanes. They also damage the pedestrian environment. More curb cuts means more cars parked on the sidewalks. New curb cuts could also eliminate or move a bus shelter, a mature street tree, or a retail store front.
Loopholes so big, you can drive a HUMMER through them. The measure provides unlimited parking for what it calls "low emission vehicles". Hybrids and bio-diesel, you think? Not a chance. Low-emission, according to this law, includes HUMMERS, Cadillac Escalades, Ford Expeditions and Range Rovers, none of which get even 20 mpg.
Threats to affordable housing. Today, developers are encouraged to use limited resources and space to build affordable housing, not garages. Under this measure, the same developers will be forced to use up money and space for parking. That means less affordable housing for San Francisco.
The Wrong Road for San Francisco. From the days of the Embarcadero Freeway revolt to the battle to stop a highway through Golden Gate Park, San Franciscans have fought for a livable, walkable, transit-friendly city. This measure would undo thirty years of progress and put us on the road to being more like Los Angeles or Houston or Atlanta.
Yes on A!
Proposition A is a charter reform measure that will increase funding for MTA, the parent agency of Muni, and expand the agency's authority to manage its operations and responsibilities relative to other city agencies.Key provisions of Prop A:
Increased funding for Muni. If this measure passes, the MTA will be able to keep 80% of the money from parking revenue, instead of sending half of it to the General Fund as is the case today. This amounts to a $26 million funding increase in the first year to help keep Muni affordable and reliable.
Requires MTA to create a Climate Action Plan. To reduce air pollution and global warming, this measure requires for the first time that San Francisco's transportation system meet standards that exceed those set by the Kyoto Global Warming Treaty. It requires the MTA to create a Climate Action Plan by January 1, 2009 with a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from San Francisco's transportation sector to 80% of 1990 levels by 2012.
Work Rule & Driver Pay Reform. Prop A is supported by the Unions and the Labor Council. For decades, transit reform in San Francisco has run into an immovable obstacle - a Charter-imposed cap on salaries that undermines collective bargaining and eliminates the ability of managers to negotiate for new work rules that help make the system run better. This measure removes this obstacle and creates a collective bargaining dynamic where unions have the incentive to join management for new rules that will increase reliability and efficiency.
Restructures MTA bureaucracy to cut waste and improve efficiency. This measure reforms MTA's management team to allow real accountability at the top. It introduces pay based on performance for top MUNI officials; increases the number of managers who are accountable to the MTA Chief; and, for the first time, allows the General Manager to recruit a team of people outside of the bureaucracy and be able to fire people who do not perform. This is the most significant expansion of management accountability the City has seen in decades.
We need your help to ensure that our city continues to roll towards streets where bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit users are prioritized before the single occupancy automobile!
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Read the Planning Department's analysis on Prop H here