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Oversize Parking Restrictions For RVs, Other Big Vehicles, Approved By Los Angeles City Council

The Los Angeles City Council this week gave final approval to an ordinance that will allow residents to obtain restrictions on a block-by-block basis that would prohibit RVs and other oversize vehicles from parking there overnight.

The oversize-vehicle law would allow a majority of a block's residents to request "no parking" signs that would outlaw 2 a.m.-6 a.m. parking for vehicles that are either taller than 7 feet or longer than 22 feet, sources who were at the meeting told the Weekly.

The rule tightens up a previously approved ordinance and seems to be aimed at communities where RV dwellers have taken up residence. The measure passed 14-0, according to Councilman Bill Rosendahl's office.

The issue has been particularly contentious in Venice, where some residents have complained that RV-dwelling homeless people deal drugs out of their vehicles, dump trass and bring lawlessness to their neighborhoods; defenders of the homeless have argued that the law will push the needy to other areas without addressing the root problems of poverty.

The law was intended to be part of a plan that would institute "overnight parking districts" that would restrict any size of vehicle in Venice should residents request one, but only after the oversize vehicle limits were tried out for six months first. The California Coastal Commission, citing concerns over beach access, voted down overnight parking for Venice, however.


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