A concerned reader sent us this notice for a hearing at City Hall on May 6 at 10 a.m. in Room 416 on — among other parking issues — adding residential parking permits to the area around Dolores Park.

The reader wrote, “A similar proposal was floated about 5-10 years ago and a gentleman in our neighborhood spearheaded an effort to get it denied and was successful. I don’t know if he’s still around, so I felt I had to at least get the word out and try. We are a small island of non-residential permit parking still remaining in the Mission. Although there are those from outside that take up some of our spaces, many of us who live in apartment buildings without parking depend on street parking and aren’t eligible to get the pricey $100/yr permits even if we wanted to.”

The hearing will consider these areas near Dolores Park:

ESTABLISH — RESIDENTIAL PERMIT PARKING AREA S, 2-HOUR LIMIT, 8 AM TO 9 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

20th Street, both sides, between Guerrero and Dolores streets
20th Street, south side, between Dolores and Church streets

ESTABLISH — RESIDENTIAL PERMIT PARKING AREA S, 2-HOUR LIMIT, 8 AM TO 9 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

Dolores Street, both sides, between 20th and Liberty streets

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