As you may know by now, one of the ways the City of San Diego has proposed closing the budget gap is by altering parking meters in our busiest business centers. Initially it was proposed that not only would the cost of parking at meters increase (up to $3 or more an hour), but also to increase the hours when meters are monitored. Right now, most meters are free after 6 pm and on Sundays and certain holidays. The proposal would require meter usage nearly around the clock- until 2a.m. and including Sundays. The initial proposal was kicked back by City Council for further review and discussion.
Several public forums have been set up for comment and discussion. If you would like to make your voice heard on the issue, here's your chance.
Following is a schedule of dates, times and locations regarding Community Outreach Events for parking.
Parking Meter Utilization Improvement Plan Planned Community Outreach Events
(Completed: 4/28/09 Community Planners Committee, 5/5/09 Uptown Planners
5/7/09 Downtown Parking Mngt Group)
5/11/09 6 PM Downtown Residents Group
Downtown Information Center, next to Victoria's Secret above Long's at Horton Plaza
5/12/09 6:30 PM Hillcrest Town Council
Joyce Beers Community Center, 1220 Cleveland Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
5/13/09 5:15 PM Center City Advisory Committee
CCDC Board Room, 401 B Street, Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92101
5/27/09 3:30 PM Gaslamp Quarter Association
(unconfirmed) San Diego Marriott, Gaslamp Quarter, 8th Floor, 660 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101
6/2/09 8:30 AM Little Italy Association (unconfirmed)
Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Hall, 1654 State Street, San Diego, CA 92101
6/4/09 5 PM East Village Assoc
Java Jones, 631 9th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
6/17/09 9 AM City Council Budget and Finance Committee
(unconfirmed) City Hall, 202 C Street, 12th Floor, San Diego, CA 92101
A similar plan was put into place in Chicago recently.
However, the masterminds at city hall forgot that the meters have a finite volume of space for coins; forgetting to hire additional workers to empty them.
Result = a bunch of broken parking meters and higher payroll.
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