Streets surrounding courthouse would get the timers
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/29/2010 09:51:43 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – City leaders’ quest for new revenue may result in parking meters being installed on the streets surrounding the Central Courthouse.

“You can’t find a place to park around the courthouse, and we should be getting a parking fee from the people who are over there to do business or take care of legal matters,” said Rich Lawhead, president of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.

The police union has supported parking meters during labor negotiations as a means to help City Hall balance its budget by means other than spending reductions.

The City Council approved more than $11 million in budget cuts Aug.20. The cuts passed by a 4-3 vote and could lead to a maximum of 27 police officer layoffs by July, among other cuts affecting nearly all city services.

At that same meeting, the council voted unanimously to instruct City Manager Charles McNeely to study the possibility of installing parking meters around the courthouse.

“I need to consider the impact that this would have on individuals that frequent that area,” said 1st Ward Councilwoman Virginia Marquez, whose area includes downtown.

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