Online Petition Hopes to Stop Parking Meter Price Bump

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More than 1,000 people have signed a petition online against possible changes to parking meter fees and time of enforcement in the city of Sacramento.

Natalie Rios, author of the petition, said she created it to bring awareness to something many residents including herself are unhappy about.

"I'm constantly out there running errands, visiting, shopping -- this is going to be a huge hindrance on that," she said.

The two requests the parking staff plans to bring forward to the Sacramento City Council within the next couple of months includes approval to conduct a pilot study for the SPOTZone program, which would give all drivers the option of extending their metered parking time beyond the posted limited by paying a premium rate of $1.75 for the first two hours, $3 for the third hour and $3.75 for additional hours.

The second request is a 50 cent per hour increase in meter rates in the central city area.

Another issue to be discussed is changing parking enforcement from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

There's no date set for that discussion, but the city says the change would allow for better access to on-street parking.

Proprietor of Aioli, Aziz-Bellarbi-Salah, signed the petition and said he's not happy about the proposed changes, but has to deal with it.

"It's a big pill we have to swallow here in Sacramento," he said.

Ron Lamb lives and works in the Midtown area and is on the other side of the argument.

"It's necessary and certainly reasonable," he said.

The city declined an interview, but in an email spokesperson for the Department of Public Works Marycon Razo said:

"We are aware of the petitions and encourage the group that's spearheading the effort to attend the community meeting next Wednesday, August 12 at Hart Senior Center the meeting is intended to provide more information on the parking modernization effort as well as to value to clarify information on the proposed parking plan."

Rios says she plans on going to the meeting next week in hopes of negotiating with city officials.

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