"Within a half-hour of the time paid parking was instituted in Downtown Ventura this morning, the parking universe had been turned upside down. The free offstreet parking lots, usually two-thirds empty in the morning, was mostly full. And the paid on-street parking spaces which are mostly occupied on a typical morning, were mostly vacant.
The paid parking portion of the downtown parking management program had gone into effect at 10 a.m., and it was already showing results. People who park all day downtown had moved into the lots and the upper levels of the parking garage. Spaces on the street were available for shoppers, diners, and others who were running short-term errands. In other words, only 30 minutes after we instituted the parking management program, it was working."
Thanks to Bill Fulton