Signs with new parking meter enforcement time appear in downtown SD: Time takes effect in March

Meters to be enforced from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

SAN DIEGO - Some new signs are starting to pop up, warning of big changes in parts of downtown San Diego. The signs will affect where people can park not just on weekends, but every night.

Residents who drive downtown for a bite to eat or just to meet friends know that parking meters are free after 6 p.m. Come March, the city says parking meters will be enforced between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. as part of a one-year pilot program.

10News spoke to Robert Bush, who was seen driving around in circles around the Gaslamp Quarter.

"I spent 20 minutes circling looking for a reasonable spot," he said.

Bush tells 10News it is impossible on most early evenings to find places to park.

"During business hours … chaotic … find a couple pockets once in a while, but in general, it's nightmarish," Bush said.

There are notices that are being posted to notify people of the change, and warnings will be left on windshields through Feb. 28.

Civic San Diego, a downtown parking advisory board, proposed the new hours to see whether the shift will result in higher turnover for local businesses.

"It helps anybody that's not working, and it works against anybody who is." said Bush.

The area affected by the change includes the Gaslamp Quarter restaurants and Horton Plaza. The zone's borders are Broadway to Harbor Drive and First Avenue to Seventh Avenue.

Bush says despite the changes, he will continue to search for parking.

"Later on, when people try to find their parking for the early evening ... that could be a problem too," he said.

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