LA Zoo sees 5th admission hike in 5 years

LOS ANGELES

This is the fifth price hike in five years. It is expected to generate $780,000 in revenue.

The new fees, which will take effect in 30 days, would increase a general admission ticket from $14 to $17 for adults. For children between the ages of 2 and 12, the fees go from $11 to $12, while for seniors it goes from $13 to $14.

The price increase comes as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the council are considering turning day-to-day operation of the zoo over to a private operator. Officials say the city cannot afford rising personnel and other costs at the zoo.

The council also approved a $5 across-the-board increase in parking fines, which aims to raise about $10 million to help close a $238-million budget deficit for the current fiscal year.

A ticket for an expired meter will go up to $63. Street sweeping tickets will cost $73, and a ticket for parking in a red zone will rise to $93. Fines related to handicap parking will rise by $10 to $363.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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