Where does all of the parking money go?

It’s been awhile since I’ve spent “living” time in San Francisco.  Oh, I lived here before, back in 2005.  Then, the lure of the East Bay and an easier living in Oakland lured me to the art, the artists, the new entrepreneurs and less of a heavy street vibe of pay, pay, pay. And last year, I was lured even further to the easier climes of the South Bay greeted by clean, well-paved streets and no parking meters anywhere you roam. A city that doesn’t gouge you?  wow!

I’ve been working in SF since the early 1990’s, so it’s not like I’m not ever here, but when I arrive at my teaching job at the college, I have a faculty placard that allows me to park in the lot. So, I’m not quartered-to-death at 5-min per quarter at a meter like in the rest of San Francisco.

If you go to a ballgame at the prized AT&T Park to see the San Francisco Giants, the meters go UP from 6p – 10p anywhere within a mile radius of the stadium…to $7.50 per hour.  Yes, you read that correctly.  A game will usually go until 10p, so to park within a mile of the stadium, it’s $30 for the evening – same amount of money the ParkAmerica or whatever the hell their newspeak corporate name happens to be to get to park right next to the park.  Wonders never cease.

SO, where does all of that extra money go?  The city has to be making a kajillion on the parking fees alone.  The streets are riddled with potholes, dirt, and litter — an absolute negligence that is further compounded by the street cleaning signs on a busy thoroughfare like Geary Blvd which note:  NO PARKING on Mon. Wed. Fri. and Sat. from 7a – 8a for street cleaning  Really?  Do  they really clean the streets on 4 mornings a week or is the city wrenching every nickel in parking ticket fees out of its residents? Oh, and they just added paid parking on every main street on SUNDAYS. Yep, noon – 6p.  There isn’t even a day free of parking fees anymore.

I’m sure there’s a plan in the work to start charging the homeless a fee for laying on the sidewalks…or did I read that’s already in effect?  Heinous.

If you want to read an excellent point-of-view of the homeless in another fine American city, then subscribe to my new blog pal’s postings at GottaFindAHome.  The corporate state is happening at a city near you.  And it’s getting harder and harder to live in some cities even as a fully-employed person with benefits.

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About danaj33

I have been teaching in the Broadcast Electronic Media Art department at City College of San Francisco since 2001. I was a part-time faculty member until 2009 when I became full-time. My career as an audio engineer spans 27 years since the first day I began to record and mix songs on my Tascam PortaStudio (cassetter 4-track) in the early 80's while attending college at UC Berkeley. I formed a couple of bands and sang lead (sometimes playing rhythm guitar) until 1988 when I discovered that the "behind-the-scenes" tech realm was much more to my liking. I love how an audio engineer controls the ENTIRE sound mix, and not just one's own instrument. I then began a career as a live sound engineer in earnest and have toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe as front-of-house sound engineer for a multitude of bands on various record labels (most notably "Medicine" on American Recordings) and have been a staff engineer at the venerable Bottom of the Hill nightclub since their inception in 1991. The club and its staff are like family. I have maintained a live sound production company since 1989 called dcj Productions that has provided sound to the Bay Area community (mostly in the non-profit sector) in both large outdoor sound events as well as nightclubs and music halls. In 1991, I started recording bands on an 8-track Tascam TSR-8 analog tape recorder and moved into the digital realm in 1993 to 16-tracks of Alesis ADAT connected to a Soundcraft Ghost console in my home studio. In 1995, I advanced to Pro Tools and have been recording exclusively digital ever since, combining audio skills in sound for film as a location recordist as well as an engineer in post-production sound design and mixing. I remained "strictly analog" in my live sound mixing until just this past year (2012). Now that one can obtain a decent, live sound digital mixer at an affordable price, it was high time to check out digital for live. I now have a Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 to work on with my students to give them much needed hands-on experience with a digital console. I co-owned and ran APG Records & APG Studios, an SF record label and recording studio, from 1999 - 2004 which had a distribution deal through EMI. The company folded in 2004. I continue to record music and engineer live performances at many Bay Area venues in addition to full-time teaching at CCSF. In 2001, I was hired to the part-time faculty at City College of San Francisco in the Broadcast Electronics Media Arts department where I have taught many of the classes including Digital Media Skills (BCST119), Basic Audio Production (BCST120), Digital Audio Production (BCST124), Sound Recording Studio (BCST125), Sound For Visual Media (BCST126), Advanced Sound Recording (BCST127), Sound Reinforcement (BCST128), Audio for the Web (BCST135), Video for the Web (BCST136), and Field Video Production (BCST145). I have also taught classes in sound design, audio for animation and games, music video, and computer applications at Art Institute of California-San Francisco, Globe Recording Institute, and Laney College in Oakland, CA. A few CCSF Projects: - Produced a promotional video for the Math department Bridge Program titled "Quadratic Rap". - Produced a new employee orientation video for the Human Resources department at CCSF - Coordinated audio for camera - SF Mayoral Debate, Fall 2011 - Coordinator of Audio Industry Advisory Panel for BEMA, Fall 2011 - Co-Coordinator of Video Industry Advisory Panel for BEMA, Spring 2012 Outside Affiliations: - past Vice President and Interim President Board of Directors - Bay Area Girls Rock Camp - past volunteer/contributor to Women's Audio Mission - past member Bay Area Women in Media and Film - current member of Audio Engineering Society - current Board of Directors for Camp Reel Stories
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