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Who hasn’t rummaged through bags and searched underneath car seats, scavenging for loose change to feed the meter? Well, residents of San Diego better start loading their pockets with loose change, because the city is looking to raise rates on its parking meters.

According to a March 27 report from the city’s independent budget analyst, a proposal to raise rates for city parking meters and extend operational hours will bring in an extra $8.4 million per year, $4.3 million of which for the city’s beleaguered general fund.

The proposal, which the city council will hear on Monday March 30, includes raising the hourly rates anywhere from 50 cents to 3 dollars and extending the operational hours of parking meters until 2 a.m. and on Sundays.

To date, the city’s 5150 parking meters are used 39 percent of the time, operating 302 days out of the year. The proposal seeks to raise the number of operational days to 354, so the meters would be used 85 percent of the time.

According to the report, the changes can’t happen soon enough: “With the city facing an estimated $60 million deficit for fiscal year 2010, the increased revenue as a result of the changes to the parking meter program would be welcomed.”

Added the report: “The Independent Budget Analyst is supportive of the proposed changes to the Parking Meter Program and is optimistic that the projected revenues will be achieved in time as the program is fully implemented.”

And while everyone wants a balanced budget, representatives from Hillcrest’s Business Improvement District (BID) and members of the community’s planning committee feel the proposal targets Hillcrest, effectively chasing business away.

Uptown Planning Committee chair Leo Wilson wrote in an email to community members: “Other than Downtown, no other community in San Diego will pay this fee -- just Uptown (Hillcrest, Banker’s Hill). A fairer approach would have been to place new meters in other areas of San Diego; but instead we are being selectively targeted....

“There may very well be good reasons to have flexible meter rates in certain locations; but the item needs to be fully discussed in Uptown prior to adoption.”

For more on the city’s initiative to raise rates for parking, spend an hour trying to find an available parking spot near City Hall for the city council meeting on Monday, March 30.

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poff March 30, 2009 @ 12:59 p.m.

I hope less people use the meters after this. Nothing would make me happier than to see the cities parking meter revenue go down after the change!

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Russ Lewis March 30, 2009 @ 1:10 p.m.

The last time the city did this, the crooks were reading the papers too and realized they could make more money breaking into the meters. Result: more broken meters and less revenue for the city. And more free parking for motorists, who couldn't fairly be expected to feed a broken meter. I hope the city raises it to $5 an hour.

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SurfPuppy619 March 30, 2009 @ 1:39 p.m.

When the City of Berkeley raised meter rates a decade or so ago-and added in new meters where parking used to be free-the radicals went around the City at night and actuall cut the entire meter off from the top of the pole.

True story.

Free parking and no revenue.

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trestles March 30, 2009 @ 4:29 p.m.

You've seen Cool Hand Luke one too many times johnny. The beheadings and vandalism happened and Berkley spent like a million dollars to buy a couple of thousand new meters as replacements. But there was no increase in rates back then. Two years ago the rates went from .75 to 1.00 which was the first change since the early 90's. When we were up there in Jan, the we talking about going to 1.25 or 1.50 an hour and putting in about 1000 more meters. Don't know what happend. BTW, Berkley's meter accuiracy is certified by the county weghts and measures people. Does anyone know who certifies San Diego's or if they are even certified at all???

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kaneseven March 31, 2009 @ 9:56 a.m.

Ok, so let's RAISE sales, car, and state income tax. But not raise wages?? Oh and let's also throw in some parking meter increases...because we all have that extra money these days! Anyone know if the parking authority is hiring? I enjoy being paid to be hated. I can't wait to go park!

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kaneseven March 31, 2009 @ 12:56 p.m.

...almost forgot to mention how the new meter "rules" will need to come equipped with all new signs!! i wonder how much thatll cost!

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JulieParrots April 1, 2009 @ 1:55 a.m.

I think Robert Atkins the Agricultural Commissioner does.

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jgorm April 1, 2009 @ 9:01 a.m.

Haha, I was about to post about the Berkeley Meters. At first they were weak so people knocked the tops off them and planted flowers in them. Then they redid all the meters at a cost of over $500 ea. People couldn't knock the tops off so they cut the entire meter off the pole, or put superglue in the coin hole. They had a red light that would go on when there was a meter error and sometimes the entire street would have errors on every meter.

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Russ Lewis April 1, 2009 @ 9:15 a.m.

Thanks, jgorm. I needed a good laugh. Seems like I remember a lot of gluey and decapitated meters around town the last time the city tried this. I can't believe they think it'll work this time, but I sure hope they try.

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trestles April 1, 2009 @ 9:53 a.m.

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The new meters Berkley wants to buy are like 2K apiece. BTW if they catch you vandalizing a parking meter it could be 6months in jail and up to $1000 fine. I wonder if it's a coincidence that the majority of the vandalism has occurred in the vicinity of the UC Berkeley campus.

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SurfPuppy619 April 1, 2009 @ 12:24 p.m.

The new meters Berkley wants to buy are like 2K apiece. BTW if they catch you vandalizing a parking meter it could be 6months in jail and up to $1000 fine.

No one has ever even been caught-much less sentenced to a jail term (and I highly doubt anyone has EVER served one day in jail for breaking a meter-secretly the judge probably is happy about it!).

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trestles April 1, 2009 @ 1:56 p.m.

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No one has ever even been caught? Are you really sure you want to make another ludicrous statement??? Oh well

"No quarter: On a recent Tuesday night, a few plainclothes Berkeley police officers quietly observed the comings and goings along the 2500 block of Hearst Avenue, waiting for any suspicious movement. It was the department's fifth Parking Meter Vandal Sting this year, and the cops flew into action almost immediately after witnessing a university student jamming a meter with a paper clip. Before the night was through -- and before anyone could say "Free parking!" -- they made two arrests, bringing the annual haul of meter-beaters to nine."

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SurfPuppy619 April 1, 2009 @ 6:30 p.m.

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No one has ever even been caught? Are you really sure you want to make another ludicrous statement??? Oh well

Oppsss...nine big "arrests", but an "arrest" is NOT a conviction, and a conviction is not jail time.

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trestles April 1, 2009 @ 8:13 p.m.

I Never said anyone had been convicted, paid fines or went to jail. But that is nine people that WERE caught, contrary to your claim that "No one has ever even been caught". Wrong again vegaspuppy

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SurfPuppy619 April 2, 2009 @ 12:55 a.m.

Hey, you are to call me by my proper name!

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JustWondering April 2, 2009 @ 6:35 a.m.

Surfpuppy you're stuck with your history of previous identities, as well as the inaccuracies. Johnny Vegas and BillyBob Henry will live in infamy on the SD Reader as well as other blogs on the Internet. To this day I'm still JustWondering why you chose to abandon your previous identities AND attempt to deceive others in doing so.

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gofurry April 2, 2009 @ 9:41 a.m.

Hey Surfpuppy (what IS a surfpuppy, anyway?)- Since yesterday was April Fools Day and you are by far the biggest Fool, why don't you try this for a MONTH starting today. Turn off your computer. Put on some clothes. Open your front door. Walk outside. Take a breath of air in your lungs. Get in your car, take the the bus, whatever, to the beach. Walk around. smell the salt air. Look at those people in rubber suits ride their surfboards and sponges (that's slang for body boards). Look at the women - nice huh? Go to Dog's Beach and watch Fido and Spot romp in the sand. Get over to Hodad's for a delightful double - bacon cheeseburger - yummy! Stay on the beach until sunset. Look for the green flash. Go to a drinking establishment, order something alcoholic, and hoist a glass. Toast yourself for being away from the mouse and keyboard for at least part of the day. Hop back on the bus and go home and ask your computer if it missed you. It will probably give you the silent treatment. Don't get offended - it was actually happy you left it alone. Try this for the entire month. Don't blog under yet another name - you'll only be fooling yourself. Have a nice day kook! (I'm headed for the beach...)

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SurfPuppy619 April 2, 2009 @ 12:07 p.m.

^^^^WOW!!!^^^^^

SurfPuppy caused gofurry into a major meltdown-GF, did you spend an hour composing that "response"...LOL

I can't go to the beach-I'm too hot, the babes flock to me in such numbers I just cannot enjoy myself. Must be my fur.

Don't you have some more porn sites to view today.

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SurfPuppy619 April 2, 2009 @ 12:08 p.m.

To this day I'm still JustWondering why you chose to abandon your previous identities AND attempt to deceive others in doing so.

By JustWondering

Errr...right.

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