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UC San Diego chancellor Marye Anne Fox announced on July 15 a temporary reduction in parking fees for faculty, staff, and students. Starting August 1, 2009, annual parking fees will be reduced by 5 percent. The reduction will be effective through June 30, 2010. Meter, monthly, and visitor parking fees are expected to remain the same.

“Although operational costs continue to rise and implementing a temporary fee reduction will have long-term financial impacts, Transportation Services recognizes the need to assist its valued campus community,” said Fox in a campus-wide notice.

The UCSD community has about 28,000 students and faculty members with approximately 27,000 staff members. The school is San Diego County’s third-largest employer. The University of California is facing a 20 percent decrease in state funding.

Some students and staffers believe that the reduction in parking fees is a small consolation because they are facing higher student fees and further furloughs/pay cuts in the upcoming school year.

“Maybe they can keep the fees the same and use the money they’re planning on losing from the [parking fee] reduction to subsidize our higher tuition costs instead,” suggested a UCSD student.

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Visduh July 19, 2009 @ 9:17 p.m.

Wow, a 5% break! The story doesn't mention just how costly it is to park on that campus. Some students, staffers and faculty need to comment, and describe what they have to pay. Whatever it is, it's plenty.

No mention in the story of the zealous parking enforcement they employ at UCSD (typical of all urban UC campuses). Gestapo-like would not be overstating what I remember from a few years back. Whoo, every little thing, and you had a citation on the windshield.

I am a bit sympathetic because the demand for spaces was very high early in the day--exactly why I don't know. By mid-afternoon, the lots were half-empty. It's frustrating to try to meet the demand for spaces that is so brief, and then look at acres of vacant blacktop for the rest of the 24-hour cycle. The campus engaged in a number of incentives for users to carpool. But here in southern California is a very foreign concept. Many who could carpool from great distances prefer to bear the cost of driving solo, enlarging their carbon footprint, and paying for the privilege of parking near (sometimes not so near) the workplace. Result: Few carpoolers.

So, let's give good old Marye Anne a round of applause for not doing what her predecessors would probably have done. They would have raised fees to make up for reduced state support.

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lvswhatigt July 19, 2009 @ 9:36 p.m.

The UCSD website lists annual student permit fees as follows:

S - Student: $732 B - Staff (Graduate Student): $972

Assuming this does not yet reflect the 5% discount, S and B parkers are due to save $36.60 and $48.6 respectively.

-Nathaniel uy

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