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City considers charging for beach parking again

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Charging for parking near beaches in San Diego is back on the table, according to a report released Wednesday by the city's independent budget analyst.

The IBA released a list of spending cuts and revenue increases suggested by members of the City Council, and the first item was to "charge for parking at our beaches, bays and regional parks."

City officials have brought up the concept of charging for parking in the past. In 2005, a proposal to levy parking fees on non-residents failed 7-1.

Opponents said the plan was discriminatory and that drivers seeking free parking would disrupt nearby residential neighborhoods. They also disputed estimates that charging for parking would raise more than $1 million annually.

In an e-mail to City News Service from a spokesman, Councilman Kevin Faulconer said he opposed the idea. Faulconer's district includes Pacific Beach, Mission Beach and Mission Bay.

Other proposals from City Council members include taking hotel room tax money used to promote San Diego and putting it in the general fund, eliminating as many take-home vehicles for employees as possible, making library branch hours more flexible, and consolidating public information and management analyst positions.

The suggestions are scheduled to be discussed at the City Council's Budget Committee hearing next week.

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