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City Council Considers Higher Rates, Extended Hours For Parking Meters

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Finding a parking spot in San Diego could get even more difficult, if the city council approves a proposal to raise parking meter rates and extend metered hours.

The plan calls for hourly rates ranging from 50 cents to $3. The current flat rate is $1.25 in most areas.

Meters now turn off at six p.m. But the proposal would allow them to operate until 2 a.m. everyday, including Sundays. That's something San Diego drivers aren't happy about.

"I think it's ridiculous. I don't think it's right. I mean, they should give us one day of break. That would be good. To have one day without being charged," said one San Diego resident.

City officials say the proposal is meant to create increased turnover of parking spots and add that it's not about the money.

But, if the proposal is implemented, it's estimated that city parking revenue will more than double.

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