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.
UPDATE: It's legal to be naked in some areas of downtown Sacramento, but probably not for long. The city council's Law and Legislation Committee has approved a police request to change the ordinance.
Professional cyclists say the Amgen Tour of California is second only to the Tour de France when it comes to fan support.
Population and housing construction increased in almost every part of the state last year, including Sacramento and the Inland Empire.
The American Lung Association's annual air quality report said many California cities have some of the worst air pollution in the country.
Some areas in the Sacramento region will have to reduce water use by 36 percent under proposed emergency drought rules from state water regulators. How urban suppliers will reach that goal varies. Enforcement is likely to increase everywhere.