New­port may raise park­ing me­ter rates

Los Angeles Times - - OBITUARIES - By Bradley Zint bradley. zint @ latimes. com

As the busy sum­mer sea­son ap­proaches, park­ing on New­port Beach streets may get more ex­pen­sive un­der an or­di­nance be­ing con­sid­ered by the City Coun­cil on Tues­day.

The city es­ti­mates that rais­ing me­ter rates by as much as 50 cents an hour would bring in $ 924,000 each year, which would help off­set public safety costs, par­tic­u­larly for ad­di­tional po­lice on the Bal­boa Penin­sula.

The city charges from 50 cents to $ 2.50 an hour for on­street and off- street park­ing. It es­ti­mates that the ma­jor­ity of me­ters — 98% — would go up by 25 cents or less.

The big­gest cost in­crease would be for the third hour in 65 city park­ing spa­ces. In­stead of $ 2.50, it would be $ 3.

If ap­proved, higher rates for off- street park­ing would be­gin Wed­nes­day; on- street rates would go up Aug. 13.

City of­fi­cials said this would be the f irst park­ing me­ter in­crease since 2010, ex­cept in Bal­boa Vil­lage, which has on- and off- peak sea­son rates.

The or­di­nance would not af­fect the cost of park­ing per­mits. It would also not ap­ply to rates in the Corona del Mar State Beach park­ing lot.

Tues­day’s meet­ing starts with a study ses­sion at 4: 30 p. m., fol­lowed by the reg­u­lar ses­sion at 7 p. m.

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