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Charging for parking at San Diego's beaches is not the top recommendation for finding additional revenues, Independent Budget Analyst Andrea Tevlin said during the June 15 Budget and Finance Committee meeting.

Tevlin was referring to a June 8 report that her office issued that placed beach and bay parking fees as the first recommendation for solving the city's deficit.

And while Tevlin stated the list wasn't in any particular order, councilmember Sherri Lightner said that she wants it removed.

"Number one; there is no way that I will support, ever, charging for parking at the beach."

Instead, committee members supported other recommendations such as implementing a four-day a week work schedule for city employees, and eliminating as many work vehicles as possible.

Councilmember Carl DeMaio also suggested finding alternatives for staffing the City's fire department, as well as scrapping plans for a new city hall.

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mridolf June 15, 2011 @ 2:53 p.m.

Does anybody know where there are other free beach parking cities in California? I travel quite a bit, and I seem to remember having to pay to park quite at quite a few beaches in this state. I mean, is it common, or uncommon?

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nostalgic June 15, 2011 @ 5:59 p.m.

Although I support free beach parking, the number of people who live in their campers and cars at the beach is not small. What should the use of beach parking be? People at the beach, swimming in the water, eating at the local restaurants? Or is it a sort of local trailer camp?

They all know the rules of how long and where and no overnight, so it works for them.

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SurfPuppy619 June 15, 2011 @ 10:42 p.m.

Although I support free beach parking, the number of people who live in their campers and cars at the beach is not small.

These people live in the surrounding neighborhoods, like PB.

Over night parking is prohibited at MOST but not all beach and bay parking lots. The few that do allow overnight parking limit it to 3 days max.

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JustWondering June 16, 2011 @ 8:14 a.m.

So it's O.K. to violate the overnight parking rule, so long as you only do for three days.

It's justification and rationalizations like this that gets us into more and more trouble.

People who use the facilities should pay for the use. It just that simple. And, please don't tell me my taxes pay for it.

Visitors, especially those who don't stay in hotels, don't pay for consumed services that my taxes are paying for.

I am more than willing to pay to park at the beach, downtown, or anywhere else I want to go. I'm tired and now unwilling to pay so others may park for free, not to mention violating the overnight parking rules.

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SurfPuppy619 June 16, 2011 @ 2:33 p.m.

So it's O.K. to violate the overnight parking rule, so long as you only do for three days.

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You obviously did not read my comment or lack the intelligence to understand it;

"The few that do allow overnight parking limit it to 3 days max."

Pay attention ot the part where it says teh "...few that do ALLOW overnight parking...".

BTW- the public lots in South Mission Beach are gated and locked at 10PM (??) every night, so if you park there you're not driving your vehicle again until 6 AM the next morning.

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I am more than willing to pay to park at the beach, downtown, or anywhere else I want to go.

You can pay all you want, but you're not forcing everyone else to pay just because YOU want to pay. Since you will be a DIRECT beneficiary of that parking tax I can see why you want the tax. You want every new tax you can get because you're collecting 20 times the tax on the back end with your pension that the tax funds.

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