Tony de Garate 2:30 p.m., July 29
The City's Parking Meter Problem
“All parking violators were well aware of the debt to the City,” said San Diego’s City Treasurer, Gail Granewich during Monday’s city council meeting.
Granewich and manager of the revenue collections department, DeeDee Alari, appeared before the council to respond to the $2.9 million in unpaid parking citations discovered in the recent parking administration audit.
Granewich said that her office is implementing all the recommendations from the audit, and any unpaid citations will be given to the City’s collections department. The City Treasurer estimates that $1.5 million of the $2.9 million missing will be collected.
But unpaid citations wasn't the only issue raised during the hearing.
Later, Alari admitted that her office is unsure if the parking meter program is even profitable. And that raises more questions, such as whether the City and the community parking districts should spend millions on replacing old parking meters with new ones.
In Uptown, feeding the parking meter program instead of spending the money on finding more parking has frustrated many residents. The program would cost Uptown’s parking district and the City approximately $3.3 million.
“We do have to address the meter replacement,” said small-business manger for the City, Meredith Dibden-Brown.
“Do we have that money to make that investment?” Asked councilmember Todd Gloria.
“We don’t in this point of time,” responded Dibden-Brown.