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Parking Issue Continues To Generate Controversy In Ventura

Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 11:24am

The Ventura City Council wants to once again look at the controversial issue of parking meters in downtown Ventura, even though opponents have already gathered the necessary signatures to put the question on the ballot for voters.

The City Council wants staff to review the issue, and present the findings to the council.

The Council could avoid the cost of an election, by removing the controversial meters, or moving the initiative process ahead by putting it on the ballot.

City officials say they moved to install the more than 300 meters last year to make parking more accessable in the downtown area for tourists, and other visitors, as well as to raise money for business district improvements.  Some members of the business community favor the idea, but others contend it is driving business away, especially among local residents who might be opting to shop, and dine in areas where there’s more free parking.

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