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Grass Valley Turns Down Parking System

A proposal for parking management  in downtown Grass Valley using a sensor camera system and allowing users to  pay with smart phones and other devices was turned down Tuesday by the City Council.
Mayor Jan Arbuckle said she had championed the proposal when the city redevelopment agency could pay for the system but that she couldn’t back the plan since a state law ended redevelopment.
Four speakers appeared before the City Council and opposed the $400,000 proposal estimated to bring in revenues of about $256,000 a year. They said the paid parking would discourage people from going downtown.
Parking would have cost 75 cents an hour in prime parking areas and 50 cents an hour elsewhere downtown.
After turning down the parking plan, the council approved a  prohibition on smoking downtown . The measure covers all city-owned property, including municipal parking lots, public streets and sidewalks.

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