Protecting Parking Access In California

13-11.30L

Whereas California has approximately 4.6 million seniors and approximately 1.9 million people with disabilities, many of whom rely upon access provided by a disability parking placard or license plate;

Whereas the City and County of San Francisco has recently made it City policy to pursue changes to state law that would impose time limits and begin charging disability parking placard holders to park. And, that this action was taken without a public vote of any locally elected official, circumnavigating the democratic process;

Whereas alternative means of transportation such as mass transit and Para transit are not always viable alternatives for people with disabilities, and imposing additional charges on placard holders will impose an undo financial hardship and drastically inhibit full and equal access to a central government program as guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act;

Therefore be it resolved, that the California State legislature:

  1. Resist any efforts that weaken the rights of disabled Californians
  2. Demand that any plan proposed by local jurisdictions to combat fraud and misuse in the disability parking placard system be developed in close collaboration with a wide cross section of people with disabilities not affiliated with the government of that jurisdiction

Therefore be it further resolved, that copies of this resolution be transmitted to all democratic members of the California state legislature and all members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors before the beginning of the next legislative session.

 

Sponsored by the CDP Disabilities Caucus

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its November 2013 Executive Board Meeting
Westin Hotel, Millbrae
November 24, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

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