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The cash-strapped San Diego Community College District has announced plans to do away with a two week grace period at the beginning of the semester to allow students to park on campus who have not yet obtained their semester-long parking permits. The change affects City College as well as the Miramar College and Mesa College campuses.

Campus newspaper City Times reports that the move was suggested by the United Student Council in an effort to avoid parking fee increases of $40 or more per semester.

While the Times found that opinions ranged from hostile to dismissive on the change, unrest over budget shortfalls has been an issue at the District in recent years, as shortcomings in state revenues have increasingly been abated through education funding cuts.

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