The city says new "smart meters" have now been installed around City Hall and Cesar Chavez Plaza. They accept credit cards, quarters, dimes, nickels or combinations of cards and coins.
The city plans to install a total of 4,000 of the new machines downtown, in Midtown and in Old Sacramento in the coming months.
Installation in Old Sacramento starts Wednesday.
The city also plans to include an app in the future that will allow people to get a text when a meter is about to run out, and pay with their cell phone.
The app would also allow people to locate empty parking spots.
Read FAQ sheet about the new parking meters.
The change comes as lawmakers are making final decisions on hundreds of bills, including big ticket items like how to pay for road repairs and Medi-Cal services.
The Sacramento Fire Department says more "training burns" along the American River Parkway provide buffers and can prevent larger fires.
People in the Sacramento-area exceeded the mandated water conservation goal last month.
(AP) - A California lawmaker who wants to allow terminally ill patients to take life-ending drugs is postponing a vote on the contentious legislation as support lags.
Sacramento-area homicide detectives are investigating the deaths of three men found shot to death in cars overnight.