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Update: Council pauses paid downtown parking program 

Update posted Feb. 8:

Update: Council pauses paid downtown parking program

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Legal review and findings, once complete, will be discussed at future open session

– The City of Paso Robles has released information about the Paso Robles City Council’s decision to pause the paid downtown parking program:

The City of Paso Robles has temporarily paused downtown paid parking and associated enforcement effective Feb. 7, 2024.

The pause to the program is to ensure compliance with the city’s parking ordinance 12.42 and associated laws and/or regulations. The legal review and findings, once complete, will be discussed at an open session of the council.

During the legal review period, the council has suspended paid on-street parking and associated enforcement. City staff are working to make the necessary adjustments to the mobile app and kiosks to ensure users are not remitting payment for parking during this time.

The city expects the review to be completed and scheduled for presentation at the City Council meeting on February 20, 2024.  During the review period and program’s pause, parking staff will be working diligently to ensure parking program changes directed by Council on November 21, 2023, are ready for rapid implementation.


Original story posted Feb. 7:

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– The Paso Robles City Council decided on Tuesday in closed session to pause the downtown paid parking program, according to reports. The move came in response to a cease and desist letter received by the council, alleging violations of the Brown Act and other state laws related to modifications in the program. The letter was submitted by citizen advocate Gary Lehrer, who raised concerns about the legality of the program.

In light of the cease and desist letter, the council opted to pause the program immediately and cease the collection of parking fees.

City officials are set to delve into the matter and deliberate on the next steps during an upcoming city council meeting scheduled for Feb. 20.

Click here to view the Paso Robles City Council Meeting Agenda.

Related: Letter: Unpopular downtown parking program needs to be eliminated

 

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