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Tonight, the Community Planning Committee-- comprised of members from planning groups around the City, will discuss a proposal to grant free parking for veterans with special license plates such as Pearl Harbor Survivor Plates, Legion of Valor Plates, Former American Prisoner of War Plates, Congressional Medal of Honor and Purple Heart Plates. The proposal only applies to metered parking spaces, and would not exempt vehicles from having to comply with other restrictions including time limits, street sweeping hours.

Cities such as Fresno, Santa Monica, Culver City, and Coronado, have enacted similar ordinances.

Members of the Parking Advisory Committee, appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council, voted against the proposal 6-to-3 at a February 16 meeting. According to one source, the committee rejected the proposal, in part, because of a loss of parking meter revenues.

But the loss accounts for only .08 percent of annual parking revenues. According to a staff report, if adopted, the program would deduct $3,000 to $6,000 from the $7.7 million the meters generate every year.

On April 11, councilmembers on the Land Use and Housing Committee will consider moving the item on to the full city council.

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Visduh Feb. 29, 2012 @ 10:10 a.m.

This story as posted and illustrated is not quite accurate. The veteran plates cited in the story are very hard to come by. Not just any veteran can get a plate that allows free parking under this proposal. The plate pictured/portrayed on this blog post would not qualify. ANY veteran can get that plate, if he/she is willing to pay an extra fee. For all I know, the peacetime veterans can get them if they want.

The Pearl Harbor survivors are all just about gone now. The Legion of Valor group consists of those few fortunate to have earned the respective Cross award from their branch of service and have lived through it. Surviving POW's are few and far between. There are at best a handful of Medal of Honor recipients surviving in the county, and only the Purple Heart recipients can be remotely described as "numerous". To be awarded that medal requires having been wounded in combat. I'll let him park free any time he wants!

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JustWondering March 1, 2012 @ 1:25 p.m.

Visduh this raises a legitimate concern ...if the "Veteran" plate used in this story causes confusion, what happens if the ordinance is passed. Will the folks in possession of those "Veteran" plate believe they are entitled to free metered parking? Will those who enforce the rules confuse the issue too?

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