Ventura officials say opponents of new parking meters installed in downtown Ventura during the last year have submitted enough valid signatures to put the issue before the city’s voters. The petitioners need just over 6300 valid signatures to get the measure to the ballot, but the city clerk’s office says more than eight thousand of the ten thousand plus signatures submitted were valid. If voters approve the proposal, it would require the new parking fees be ended. The city contended the meters were an effort to discourage employees from taking the prime spaces, and to make parking more readily available for downtown businesses. However, some businesses say the fees are actually discouraging people, especially locals, to come downtown. The proposal also calls for voter approval of any new city parking fees, except for in areas where the city has had paid parking before 2006.