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The case of the Beach Parking Fund, which was put in place decades ago to supplement parking projects in the city’s coastal areas, seems to have hit its last stop. The $10.6 million in the fund will have to be returned to those who paid into the fund, after the California Supreme Court refused to hear the city’s appeal earlier this month, following the Court of Appeals ruling in favor of the original plaintiffs in September.
The case successfully argued in Orange County Superior Court in 2014 that the funds had not been spent in a timely fashion or manner and the city needs to refund the money to those who paid into it. The city appealed a couple months ago unsuccessfully.
Refunds of the Beach Parking Fund will have to be distributed when the city is able to assess which people paid certain amounts and during what time frame in order to adequately fulfill the court decision.