I’m Down With DPT, Yeah You Know Me

Yesterday I found a spot for my too-big-for-SF vehicle a mere 2 blocks from my house. Two blocks, short-wise, to boot. Unfortunately, it was on a Monday street cleaning side of the street. I decided this was a blessing and a curse. Mostly a blessing since it would force me up early to get in a run in preparation for this weekend’s Relay and I could then shark a spot in front of my house – also on a Monday side of the street.

But who’s a dork? I am! I am! It’s Columbus Day – which means no meter enforcement which means no street sweeping (except at Fisherman’s Wharf).

And yet, there’s an additional benefit. Walking to my car, I happened upon a Public Hearing notice posted on a light pole on Kirkham Street. Being a government nerd, and a fan of public notices and hearings generally, I paused to check it out.

Among a laundry list of proposed changes in various neighborhoods was this one:

RESIDENTIAL PERMIT PARKING AREA “J” (2-HOUR TIME LIMIT, 8 AM – 5 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY) – ESTABLISH
Kirkham Street, both sides, between 10th and 11th Avenues (600 block).

Sonofabitch.

Currently, my block does not require a J permit. This is great because I don’t have to dirty up my bumper with an ugly sticker, nor wait in line to get said ugly sticker, nor pay for same ugly sticker. On the other hand, we get plenty of competition from Yogis at the (unhealthy, bad idea) 195-degree yoga studio, as well as other Irving Street shoppers and employees.

But as of now, there are plenty of other blocks to choose from. No one wants non-residents on their street, but I’ve always felt like we were in it together – our group of non-J Inner Sunset blocks. And now, one wants to break away. Seems unfair. I feel betrayed. And I think the hearing notice should’ve been posted on more than just the technically effected block – since the wave of consequences will ripple through adjoining areas as well.

If you’re an Inner Sunset resident and are concerned about this change (or any of the other changes up for comment – check out the flyer), you have several ways to add your opinion to the record:

First, you can attend the public hearing, this Friday, October 14 at 10:00am in Room 416 in City Hall.

Second, you can mail your opposition or support, prior to the hearing, to:

City Traffic Engineer
Traffic Engineering Division
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 345
San Francisco, CA 94102

Or, if you can’t find a stamp, you can fax your position to the Traffic Engineering Division at 415-554-2352.

2 Comments so far

  1. suki (unregistered) on October 10th, 2005 @ 8:22 pm

    what my dad does is wrap up the sticker and tape it to the back of his windshield instead of putting it directly onto the bumper. so there’s that option as well.


  2. cd (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 3:01 pm

    that’s a good idea. of course, right now, i don’t have to worry about it because my block is non-permitted. which is what worries me when they start encroaching with permit blocks leaving residents of my street to duke it out with EVERYONE else.



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