Inspired by the furor over the imposition of parking fees at Old Town, Assemblyman Mike Gotch (D-San Diego) says he intends to propose legislation that would keep parking free.
Gotch called parking fees "the government's simplistic solution to a budget deficit" and said the bill, if passed, would prohibit the state from charging fees for parking on state-owned land that commercial activities take place.
State officials announced recently that, beginning March 1, 1992, parking would no longer be free at the Old Town historical park. Parking fees will be collected daily, they said, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., from April 15 through Oct. 15, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the rest of the year.
The announced fee will be $1 an hour, with a maximum of $5 a day.
Old Town merchants and residents had long opposed such fees, and Gotch said they have a right to be angry about the bureaucracy having turned a "deaf ear."