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.
There's good news and bad news in a new housing forecast out Wednesday, depending on whether you already own a home in the Sacramento area or are trying to buy one.
UPDATE 4:45 a.m.: The Sacramento City Council has approved a proposal to change how the city oversees its police department.
Can coffee and muffins help Sacramento's homeless drug addicts get off the streets and stay clean and sober? A local non-profit says yes.
A woman was rescued from a slippery spot on a steep bluff along the American River in suburban Sacramento after tumbling about 70 feet onto a ledge a few feet above the frigid waters.
A lawsuit against the development didn't convince the California State Appeals Court that action was required to stop the McKinley Village development. The court did rule that the City of Sacramento must explain how it determines traffic impacts.