The blog below on Oakland is reinforced by this article about Ketchner, Ontario. Its almost a duplicate. City is loosing tons of money giving away parking to city employees and is going to stop doing it. If the employee is required to use their car as a part of their job (Say a building inspector) then the city will pick up the parking.
Of course, being Canadian, they are taking a more green view of the issue. Why should the city subsidize parking when at the same time they are trying to get people out of their cars and using public transportation? Good point. Of course a lot of this in the US has to do with the fact that “free” parking is really a perk and should be charged as income and the IRS is catching up on this program.
You are going to see more and more of this across the fruited plain. Sorry, your honor, your parking fee is due. And rightly so.