Hotel Californian Parking Lot Full?
By an edhat reader
The Public Parking structure at Helena and Mason in the Funk Zone is supposed to have 123 parking places available on a first come first serve basis for the public or guests of the Hotel Californian. That was what the City approved.
The first 75 minutes are free, and $1.50 thereafter, as well as a daily maximum fee, although there's always a "Lot Full" sign up. Seems as if the public is blocked from parking there but hotel guests are not.
If you are down in the Funk Zone and need parking, go there first. Tell them that you won't move your vehicle until you get a public parking place, it is a public parking facility above ground. (People leave frequently and there are usually a lot of spaces inside that are available too.) The hotel will eventually open it up because a valet will need to park a vehicle. - Ignore the red neon sign or sandwich board sign saying LOT FULL or if they say it's for hotel guests only.
If someone won't let you park or you see a sign out email the City Council and tell them you want the parking conditions of Approval enforced. (SBCityCouncil@santabarbaraca.gov)