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Council approves plan to allow flexible parking meter rates

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego City Council Tuesday gave final approval to a plan that will allow community groups to recommend rates for parking meters, and possibly entice drivers to pay for curbside spaces more often.

The plan, passed on a 5-2 vote, sets a goal of having 85 percent of the metered spaces used by drivers by using high-tech meters with flexible pricing systems, so that an hour of street parking could range from 25 cents to $2.50.

The current utilization rate is 37 percent, according to city staff.

More than two-thirds of the meters are downtown, with the bulk of the remainder located north of downtown and in Hillcrest.

Meters are currently enforced Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Sundays and holidays exempted. City officials will have the option of extending the hours until 11 p.m. and adding Sundays.

The city currently generates a gross of $7.4 million annually from parking meters, and the plan could gain nearly $1 million more.

Council members Sherri Lightner and Carl DeMaio cast the dissenting votes.

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