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.
Nearly 3,800 people who live close to a proposed street car line in downtown Sacramento will have the chance to vote on a special district that would collect property taxes for the $150 million project.
A man charged in the killings of two northern California sheriff's deputies appeared in court Wednesday.
Security forces on Friday killed two al-Qaida-linked brothers who went on a murderous rampage at a satirical newspaper in Paris and an accomplice who seized hostages at a kosher supermarket. In Sacramento, people rallied in support of the victims.
The City of Sacramento is moving closer to meeting a mandate for water meters at the city's 136,000 residences.
Rain in the valley and snow in the Sierra are in the forecast -- just in time for Halloween.