10-Fold Parking-Meter Rate Increase Proposed

Parking-meter rates on downtown Glendale streets would increase from five cents to 50 cents an hour under a proposal by the city Parking Commission.

The commission also recommended Tuesday to increase hourly rates in downtown municipal parking lots from five cents for all meters to 20 cents for two- and three-hour meters, and to 10 cents for 10-hour meters.

Glendale meter rates, which have not been raised in about 15 years, are among the lowest in Los Angeles County, city traffic engineer Kenneth C. Johnson told the commission. The proposed higher rates still would be less than what many other cities charge, he said.

Commission members said the increase is needed to encourage workers downtown to park in private garages near their jobs. Many of the structures, which typically charge $2 to $3 a day, are half filled because street parking is less expensive, commission members said.

Raising rates on the street meters would free more spaces for shoppers and other short-term parkers, Johnson said.

The proposed rate increases are subject to City Council approval.

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