Artists sought for ‘Change’ meters
The city of Laguna Beach is looking for artists to paint three new parking meters.
In 2008, the city worked with the Chamber of Commerce to develop a public education program to discourage panhandling in the downtown area. Citizens and businesses were encouraged to redirect donations from panhandlers to organizations such as the Laguna Relief and Resource Coalition that support broad based effective homeless solutions.
A pilot program was developed that included five artist-painted parking meters. The artist-painted parking meters encourages people to put their change into the meter, rather than in the hands of panhandlers. Over the past two years, these meters have collected more than $8,000.