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Parking rates may go up in Santa Monica

August 5, 2009 7:23:14 AM PDT
The cost of parking in downtown Santa Monica could be going up.The city council is considering a plan to increase rates at parking structures 1-9 along 2nd and 4th streets, located near the 3rd Street Promenade and other busy commercial hubs.

The proposal, developed by a parking consultant, would increase the maximum daily parking rate from $7 to $9. The evening rate for vehicles entering structures after 6 p.m. would go from $3 to $5. The cost of monthly permits would go up nearly 50 percent, from $82.50 to $121.

Also, free daytime parking would be reduced from two hours to one hour.

The Bayside District Corporation, a public-private management company that oversees the downtown area, supports the rate increases, with the exception of the reduction in free daytime parking, on the condition that the city hire a parking czar.

The council will consider the proposal at its next meeting.

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