Proposal could mean downtown parking price hike

Posted at 6:07 PM, Feb 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-05 21:58:15-05

Potential bad news for drivers: parking in downtown San Diego could become even more expensive.

Taking one of Chris Reidy's segue tours means getting into downtown in the first place.

"People are already not happy with the parking situation in San Diego," he said.

They tell him all the time, and Reidy added, "It's one of the complaints I commonly hear."

He may soon get more.

On Tuesday, the Port of San Diego's board will hear a preliminary proposal to raise parking prices for more than 5,000 spots throughout the waterfront.

Port officials say even if the prices do go up, they'll still be a better deal because the proposed parking prices would be a few dollars below what the private lots are charging.

However, it won't be cheap.

During Padres games, a garage across Petco Park could charge $35 -- a 40 percent boost.

Meters could go from $1 for two hours to $2.50 for three hours, closer to what the city charges. More than 1,000 parking spots from Shelter Island to Barrio Logan could get meters.

Port spokeswoman Tanya Castaneda said the board won't make any quick decisions. The parking prices would rise over five years, potentially generating $8 million a year extra for the Port. The funds would go to public parks, environmental initiatives and public safety.

"Any future rate adjustments would end up coming back after public outreach," Castaneda said.

It would be a double whammy for Reidy. He lives in Mission Beach and already pays more than $100 a month for a parking pass.

"It's expensive to live in San Diego and I think it impacts the quality of life here," he said.

If customers have to pay more for parking, he fears they'll pay less for his tours.

If they all drove segues in the first place, parking wouldn't be a problem.

"In order to park a segue, all I have to do is pull right up here to a post, step right off, I'm parked," Reidy said.