San Diego

The public will soon have to pay to park at the County Administration Center in downtown San Diego.

County supervisors on Tuesday approved without discussion a proposal to charge the public to park in the lot. The plan is designed to discourage people not doing business with the county from taking up space in the lot.

The rates to be charged will not be determined until private parking lot operators respond to the county's invitation for bids.

The tentative plan is to allow public parking only in the west end of the administration center's south lot. The rest of the south lot and all of the north lot would be reserved for employees, who would not have to pay to park.

County officials expect to generate about $120,000 a year in parking fees.

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