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.
Sacramento community leaders came together Thursday to call for peace and non-violence in the face of hate. The gathering was in response to a protest that turned violent at the state Capitol.
The Sacramento City Council has approved the budget for the next fiscal year. The budget includes some last-minute additions.
Another Sacramento area water agency has moved to voluntary conservation after California ended mandatory restrictions.
The primary election is Tuesday. But, two candidates for mayor of Sacramento are claiming victory in court.
Two people are running to represent Sacramento City Council District 4. One is the incumbent and the other is an advocate for the rights of medical marijuana users.