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SLO council increases parking fines 

The San Luis Obispo City Council increased parking fines by $3, bringing the standard parking ticket to $33. The new fine hike is on top of the 50 percent raise to parking fees passed by the council last year.

The City Council had little choice in the matter; the $3 increase is a state-mandated charge. With it, the state and county charges will amount to a $13 addition on every city parking fine.

The council members voiced disgust at the increase, perhaps realizing they’ll get the blame for a move thrust upon them by the state. As part of the increase, the council put in a clause suggested by Councilmember John Ashbaugh requiring the city to eliminate the state fine additions if the state ever rescinds the fine.

Allen Settle was in a high bluster over the increase.

“This is just one more example of an unfunded mandate by the state,” Settle said.

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