Dear City Council,
I‚Äôm writing to you to show you how disgusted and upset I am at your recent price hike at all the parking places in and around the Third Street Promenade (the ones I know of at least ‚Äî no doubt the price hikes were across the parking lots).
As a council that prides itself on regulating rent control for housing, it seem you are greedy enough to increase parking by up to almost 50 percent.
Before Oct. 1, it was a flat rate of $9 for after 2 hours of free parking, now it is 25 percent less free time and $14 max per day. Why the major increase?
Everyone needs extra cash, what with gas prices going up to $4.45 in some areas, but we all have to manage our purse without inflicting unnecessary hardship because we (Santa Monica council) can increase them.
If I as a landlord raised my rent as you have for renting a parking space, you‚Äôd throw the book at me and tell me all sorts of laws preventing me from doing this, yet are you as a council not compassionate enough to see what you are doing is hurting normal, everyday people, and increasing it as you feel? Why the hypocrisy and double standard?