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Our dysfunctional city council, several months ago, approved a proposal to extend the metered parking in the Pier Bowl till 10 p.m. every night.

Currently, the time limit is 5 p.m. The proposal was sent to the California Coastal Commission, which in turn sent it back to the city for a number of clarifications. Now it is scheduled to go before the Coastal Commission on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

It is my belief that this proposal is anti-business and will likely impact struggling businesses, including the hotels in the Pier Bowl, the residents who live there, due to very limited parking, and also the many fishermen who are there every evening catching fish for their families during this pandemic.

Please write now to the Coastal Commission and protest this extension of the parking hours. You should email your comments to (Ref: App No. 5-19-1239), no later than Friday, Sept. 4, at 5 p.m.

 The agenda item for the Sept. 9 meeting is 13f—Application No. 5-19-1239 (City of San Clemente Department of Public Works Parking Meter Program).

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