By Edwin Folven, 12/06/2012
The West Hollywood City Council on Monday postponed making a decision on extending the hours of operation at parking meters to allow for more time to receive public input on the plan.
Currently, the meters on Sunset Boulevard are in operation from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., but meters on other major thoroughfares within the city run until 6 p.m. The city council is considering extending the hours at all meters to 8 or 10 p.m. in an effort to create more turnover in parking. West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang said in areas where the meters cease operation at 6 p.m. — such as Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards — spaces rarely become available because people park for extended periods of time. Prang said he believes extending the hours of meter operation would enable more customers and visitors to find parking.
The additional revenues generated could also be used to fund more resources at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, he added. Meters currently cost $1.50 per hour, and the revenues from extended hours are anticipated to generate as much as $500,000 annually.
“The purpose is to create new parking options, and to increase more turnover for short trips,” Prang said. “If you are a small business on Santa Monica Boulevard, there is no incentive for you to have the spaces occupied for five to six hours at a time.”
The council sent the proposal back to city staff, which will conduct more outreach with local businesses to gauge support for extending the hours.
Prang said he is hopeful the issue will come back before the council within the next few weeks, but said city staff may need to extend the research into 2013.