Vandals appear to be targeting parking signs in Sacramento. Some locals believe it’s in protest of the city’s change in parking hours.
"I think it's kind of unfair,” said downtown employee Cody Blanchard. “I think they're forcing this change upon the residents of the city to help pay for the arena that a lot of people didn't really want.”
Blanchard said the parking sign outside his store has been tampered with multiple times. Recently, someone painted over the zero, giving the illusion that free parking starts at 1 p.m.
"I've actually had to tow probably two or three people last month,” Blanchard said.
Other signs have been covered in graffiti. The locals are frustrated that the city extended parking hours in downtown and midtown back in September. Free parking used to start at 6 p.m. and now its at 10 p.m.
"I know they are trying to get revenues, but I really wish they would make sure that the signs are very clear,” said midtown employee Pat Stewart.
Stewart said the signs can be confusing. For example, on Q Street and 11th Street, there’s a sign that reads “2-Hour Parking 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.," but the meter right below reads 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
"When you're in a hurry you're not really going to read the small print or try to find out all the information, you just try to go by the street signs,” Stewart said.
A spokesperson for the city of Sacramento said to always look at the meter because it has the correct time.
Stickers have been temporarily place over some signs but eventually the city will be replacing 4,000 signs.
The city said to call 3-1-1 for any questions.