The new parking meter situation in Santa Monica is a disaster! I recently parked on Montana Avenue and put enough money in the meter for, what I thought, would cover the few errands I needed to attend to. On the way back to the car I spotted an item in a shop window that I considered purchasing. Unfortunately the meter was about to expire and I told the shop keeper I would return.
When I tried to put more funds in the meter they were rejected. Apparently the meter will not allow the same car to extend time even if the original time was less than the maximum allowed.
There were no other available meters in the area so I didn’t buy the item. A loss for the store and for the area.
How many times must this happen every day?
Hopefully the City Council will reconsider this silly policy.