San Luis Obispo
The San Luis Obispo City Council will consider tonight increasing parking fines by $3, bringing the total ticket price to $33.
City officials say the increase is being considered because of an additional $3 state surcharge to fund court operations that will go into effect Dec. 7.
The city last increased parking fines by $10 in 2009 to cover state and county surcharges for courthouse construction bonds — increasing the cost to $20 from $30.
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If the City Council decides not to increase the fine, the city would have to subsidize about $90,000 annually from its parking fund, according to city staff. That fund is used to pay for parking operations, including the future construction of the Palm/Nipomo parking structure.
Some business owners are concerned that raising the ticket prices again will detour people from shopping downtown.
— AnnMarie Cornejo
Local hazardous materials experts will conduct a training exercise Wednesday in Paso Robles. Members of the San Luis Obispo County Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team will be training from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of Robert Hall Winery, 3443 Mill Road off Highway 46 East.
The winery as well as local roadways will remain open.
— Tribune staff