The City Council’s independent budget analyst weighed in today on Councilwoman Donna Frye’s proposal to designate spots for hybrid vehicles at city parking lots, recommending that the city take a slow approach before reserving a large number of stalls for the low-emission vehicles.

Frye had suggested that 5 percent of the parking stalls at Qualcomm Stadium, the San Diego Convention Center, the Civic Center, Petco Park and other city-owned lots be designated for hybrids. But IBA Andrea Tevlin said today that the city should implement a pilot program with fewer reserved spots to test the program’s effectiveness.

Tevlin said that the city should ease into the program, which she finds favorable, to make sure there are enough hybrid cars to fill the spots. She said that an estimated 2.11 percent of all vehicles will be hybrids within five years, so setting aside more spaces than that may leave several empty spots around town.

You can read the IBA’s report here.

The council’s Natural Resources and Culture Committee will discuss the proposal Wednesday at 2 p.m.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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