San Francisco eliminates free parking perk for employees

FILE -- A parking meter is seen near San Francisco's Financial District Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

August 30, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
San Francisco city workers are about to lose a controversial perk.

The city's municipal transportation agency is eliminating free parking for all government employees and elected officials that includes city streets, lots and garages.

About half of the city's 27,000 workers drive to and from work -- though not all get free parking.

This move is being considered because of the city's budget problems.

Some residents and small businesses say it's only fair, since everyone else pays to park.