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Parking Fines Could go up $5 under new Budget Proposal

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The price of a parking ticket citations increased a couple years ago. Then Mayor Antonio Villariagosa proposed raising fines by $3 in his most recent budget proposal. And today, Councilmember Tony Cardenas requested the Mayor's proposal be upped to $5. That suggestion happened during today's marathon-length budget meeting of the L.A. City Council. Controversy stirred when cuts to a recently-built Northeast Animal Care Center and gang violence programs were discussed. To sway those issues, Cardenas offered raising the parking fines to save those programs -- the extra $2 means over $2.7 million in revenue for the city.