Parking rates rise in San Luis Obispo, free parking hours decline

July 2, 2021

San Luis Obispo’s parking rates are increasing in July while the ability to park for free from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is ending.

The new rates are slated to help pay for a planned $43 million parking garage at Palm and Nipomo streets. The SLO City Council approved the new rates effective July 1, 2020, but delayed the increase because of the pandemic.

SLO’s new parking rules

Effective July 1 for parking garages:

  • Hourly rate increase from $1.25 to $1.50
  • Maximum daily rate decreases from $12.50 to $6

Effective July 19 for on-street parking:

  • Paid parking hours increased to 9 p.m.
  • Hourly parking rates up 25 cents, range from $1.25 to $2 per hour

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The message is clear, just don’t go to downtown SLO. You used to have to if you wanted fine dining and shopping. No more, we shop online and we dine in Paso Robles or Arroyo Grande.

Another example how how the government employees do not care about the citizens. They only care about increasing their own salaries. Stay tuned for next weeks tax increase.

Something else happened not too too long ago that also gravely impacts downtown SLO parking — particularly for employees of downtown businesses.

Dana Street largely became permitted parking for those living along the street. Spaces closest to Nipomo are now 2 hour parking.

While I think something needed to be done and I don’t necessarily oppose this move, I’ve heard very little discussion about the impact of it, and it has to be upwards of 75+ spaces. The notion that one can easily park on a side street and stroll a block or two into downtown is absolute nonsense.

Be sure to slip the homeless person next to your car a couple bucks to watch it for you.