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Santa Monica may raise parking rates

October 15, 2009 12:01:53 AM PDT
Drivers may have to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for parking in downtown Santa Monica. The city is considering a recommendation to boost parking rates to end subsidized public parking and encourage more people to walk or take public transportation.

Consultants hired by the city to evaluate the need for more parking discovered that the city already has plenty of space.

Many outlying and private parking spots were sitting empty, while residents and visitors competed for coveted downtown spots.

If the recommendation is approved, parking meters will go up 50 cents per hour, and a full day of parking would rise from $7 to $9.

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