The (near) future cost of living?
Here is the current state of affairs in SF.
Parking ticket = $50 (minimum fine, sfgate story)
“Raising parking fines will lead to more abuse on the streets,” said Luis Estrella, a San Francisco parking-control officer for the past eight years who said he was punched last year by a firefighter who got a $50 ticket.
Downtown meter violations, for example, will be fined up to $60, and parking in a street-cleaning zone will set drivers back $50. The city now makes about $90 million a year from parking fines. The increase would bring in an estimated $13 million more in the new fiscal year.
Considering that a quarter buys you five minutes in downtown SF this should create *at least* the 13MM boon the city is expected from the fine hike. For perspective NYC fines $65 for expired meters. The difference between NY and SF is manyfold of course. Better public transit and more cabs.
Golden Gate Bridge Toll = $7 (sfgate story)
Tolls on the Golden Gate Bridge could rise as high as $7 during the morning and evening commutes and on weekend and holiday afternoons, under a pair of proposals released today and to be considered by bridge district directors Friday
The fun isn’t just for the lucky motorists in this town though, there is much talk of an increase in muni fares which should compound problems like the lack of cabs and parking in this town.
Muni Fast Pass = $60 (sfgate story)
Charging $60 for a FastPass – a $15 increase – would generate an estimated $17.7 million more a year; raising the adult cash fare to $2 would bring in between $13 million and $14.8 million more a year, according to Sonali Bose, chief financial officer for the Municipal Transportation Agency.
Imho this is the formula for bloated city payrolls and bureaucrats. I’m not a mathematician but the formula looks a little like this:
Gas + Fines/Parking + Tolls/Congestion Pricing + Muni rate hikes
– bike lanes/parking – safe pedestrian routes – education funding
= FUCK YOU SF
Kind of makes you wonder who is cashing in on the misery?