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New parking changes come into effect on Monday, Oct. 1. Pictured above is a sign notifying of the changes at the entry to the Santa Monica Place structure. All downtown structures are affected.
Photo by Mitch James
New parking changes come into effect on Monday, Oct. 1. Pictured above is a sign notifying of the changes at the entry to the Santa Monica Place structure. All downtown structures are affected.

News, Santa Monica, Parking

Downtown Santa Monica Parking Rates To Increase, Free Parking To Decrease

Posted Sep. 29, 2012, 11:00 pm

Parimal M. Rohit / Staff Writer

Planning to park in the downtown Santa Monica? New parking rates and changes to free parking time limits come into play this Monday, Oct. 1.

Expect to pay $2 per hour at parking meters, up from the current $1 per hour rate, a 100 percent increase.

Other meters outside of the downtown will increase 33 percent from 75 cents per hour to $1 per hour.

The other big change is the amount of free parking time available at downtown’s parking structures. Currently, the first two hours are free. However, come Monday, only the first 90 minutes will be free.

On the flip side, lots that are not used as frequently, such as the ones at the Civic Center and the Main Library, will see a reduction in parking rates.

The following are some of the changes drivers can expect to see at local parking lots, structures, and meters.

Downtown parking structures will be free for 90 minutes, $1 for the next hour, then $1.50 per half hour thereafter with a $14 daily maximum.

New monthly permits will also be created for weekday parking (valid Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.), nights and weekends (valid from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. and all day Saturday and Sunday, and “anytime, anywhere” that are valid in any downtown structure, Library and Civic Center all day, every day.

There are no changes for parking lot rates along Main Street.

For structures at the Civic Center and Main Library, evening and weekend flat rate fees were eliminated. During the week, the first 30 minutes free and then it’s $1 per hour for next three hours thereafter with a $5 daily maximum. Nights and weekends monthly passes would be available and valid from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. during the week and all day Saturday and Sunday.

At the beach, shoulder parking would be eliminated during the spring and fall, while free parking would be added from 4 p.m. to sunset at beach lots of 4S (2030 Ocean Avenue), 5S (2600 Barnard Way), and 3N (1150 Palisades Beach Road).

Parking at the Annenberg Beach House would be $3 per hour with an $8 daily maximum during the winter season. In the summer, the hourly rate remains the same but the daily maximum increases to $12.

Short-term parking spaces may be added to Beach Lot 3N with a rate of $1 per hour.

At the Santa Monica Pier, parking rates for shoulder parking during the spring and fall would be eliminated while lot rates would be $3 per hour throughout the year but with a $12 daily maximum in winter and $15 daily maximum in summer.

The changes come almost 10 years after current parking meter rates were set in Santa Monica. Council members approved the changes in July. When all is said and done, City Hall expects a $3.5 million windfall.

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Sep. 30, 2012, 4:20:48 am

Maria Ries said...

Not everyone who lives in Santa Monica is RICh! Surprise! Seniors on a very low fixed income, like me, will go elsewhere to shop. Hard to believe Santa Monice doesn't have enought money. There is construction on every street.

Sep. 30, 2012, 12:28:41 am

Kristina said...

This is an awful way for the city to make is only a deterrent for the local residents and the fees will only be happily paid by the Summer tourists. Thanks goodness I live close by. Now I will walk to the mall....and only in the Spring and Summer. Sorry, mall - the mall I knew as a child - I will miss you. There must be another way the city can raise money...?

Sep. 30, 2012, 4:38:01 am

Mike said...

Wow, Santa Monica is taking a real "Screw You" policy lately. Throw the bums out this November!

Sep. 30, 2012, 8:30:43 am

Emily said...

Why do they keep raising the parking? All the city has to do is put a couplef of police officers on any street in the city and they could give hundreds of tickest for illegal cell phone use while driving. But it is easier to go after parking. I live in Santa Monica but shop in Culver City. Can't stand downtown SM anymore.

Sep. 30, 2012, 10:04:00 am

Sharon said...

Hey are we trying to keep people away from shopping in Santa Monica? We already charge a premum sales tax

Sep. 30, 2012, 10:15:19 am

Truth said...

What's the windfall for corrupt city councilors for passing this? Does anyone else hear a "Bell" ? We need a probe to look into corruption. We have an election coming up but it's the same old names and faces.

Sep. 30, 2012, 12:37:43 pm

Jack said...

The city continues to raise fee's and taxes while cutting services. This is another direct result of the cities bloated pension system. Come on retire clerks making over 100k in pensions, at some point very soon the city well be paying twice as many people at every position, premium salaries to stay home retired. City hall has terrible customer service and we're headed into the red so we can pay people over 100k to retire. Not saying people don't deserve a pension but this is out of control. Lets take back the council and remind city hall they work for us

Sep. 30, 2012, 4:20:02 pm

SAMO Voter said...

Here, here Jack! There's an election coming. Tell these corrupt councilors we're onto their schemes!

Oct. 7, 2012, 10:49:49 am

Maria Ries said...

Good reason to shop Century City - parking. People are strapped for money. Businesses are suffering. This is just another nail in the coffin of our dying economy. Seriously, Santa Monica isn't making enough money!?

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