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Various Authors 3:49 p.m., Dec. 3
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.