Since 1997, San Diego has relied upon The Uptown Partnership to manage parking issues in several of its neighborhoods. However, starting at the end of December, that relationship will end and a new plan will be adopted.

In the last decade, there have been complaints about the system from people from most districts. Some claimed they were denied attention, others decried the lack of resources, but the $4.3 million put away for reserves and the $3.2 million in operating expenses compared badly to the $1.1 million in new projects ended up being too much to over come.

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

A nonprofit criticized for the way it managed money from parking meters in Hillcrest, Mission Hills and other Uptown neighborhoods will undergo a dramatic reorganization, under a plan approved this month by the group’s board of directors.

The Uptown Partnership, which manages revenue for the Uptown Community Parking District, made important strides in responding to critiques from community groups and elected officials, board President Dave Gatzke said. But when the San Diego City Council in September called for further changes – opting to approve a three-month contract rather than a one-year pact – “we realized that fundamental change is the only answer,” he said.

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