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CSULB parking department chooses to raise visitor parking permits by two dollars

As fall semester commences, visitors will see an increased price in parking permits.

Miranda Andrade-Ceja, Managing Editor

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As of Aug. 15, the price for all-day Cal State Long Beach parking passes has increased from $5 to $7.

According to Executive Director of News and Digital Media Mike Uhlenkamp, the increased revenue will go to funding current CSULB parking projects such as the newly introduced License Plate Recognition System and construction work.

Daily passes will also be subject to the License Plate Recognition System.

The decision was the result of dialogue between CSULB’s parking department and the Parking and Transportation Committee, a group created by Associate Vice President of the Financial Management Division at CSULB, Sharon Taylor. The task force is comprised of faculty and students, including current Associated Student Inc. President Marvin Flores, and aims to provide feedback to proposals posed by the Parking Department.

Uhlenkamp said that because CSULB does not receive allocated funding for parking from the state of California, parking permits are the sole sources of revenue for all parking projects as well as salaries within the parking department.

According to Uhlenkamp, CSULB’s all-day parking pass still has a relatively low cost in relation to sister schools, even with the added two dollar fee.

“The fee was previously very low based on what our peer campuses are charging,” Uhlenkamp said.  “We took a look at that, made the decision that this is an area where it could be more equitable in terms of, ‘Students are paying a certain rate, faculty are paying a certain rate, so guests could potentially pay a little bit more for that.’”

Currently, an all-day pass at Cal State San Marcos costs visitors $9, and a pass at San Diego State University costs visitors $10.

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