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ACS also has relied on lobbyists to help it influence city politicians, paying prominent lobbyists Kerry Pearson and Max Brown hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent years.

Several other cities across the country — including Las Vegas, Portland, Ore., and Seattle — have started converting their parking meters to kiosks.

Gregg Hirakawa, spokesman for the Seattle Department of Transportation, said Seattle made the move in 2004 mostly to improve convenience.

“We had a joke around here that if you wanted to park you had to have a roll of quarters in your pocket,” he said.