The department is coming, the department is coming!
That would be the city department of transportation and their mission will be costly.
After months of bureaucratic delay, technicians will be adjusting downtown San Pedro parking meters this week to reflect the citywide rate increase enacted last summer.
Rates will go up to $1 an hour or $4 for 10 hours in the long-term lots.
Individual street meters will now run an extra two hours, until 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
In the long-term lots, the new hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, including Sunday, with one exception. The meters are not in effect Sundays in the lot at Ninth Street and Pacific Avenue, behind Kragen Auto Parts and the 99¢ Only store.