Interesting article on supposedly 'RV'ers' trashing a city in CA.
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"Curb Your Parking Enthusiasm
Posted By Laura Prabucki
On August 10, 2010 @ 12:54 AM In U.S.
by Laura Prabucki and William La Jeunesse
Venice, California. An eclectic area in Southern California, best known for its beaches, canals and carnival-like atmosphere along the waterfront.
But lately, tensions have been rising between homeowners and the homeless... who live in their cars, campers and RVs.
" Venice has become an urban RV park," says Mark Ryavec, President of the Venice Stakeholders Association.
" They take up very, very dear parking, they leave a lot of trash, occasionally they use people's front yards as toilets. I mean a lot of really objectionable behavior."
Residents say the "objectionable behavior" from some of the 200 plus RVs also includes excessive noise, drug and alcohol abuse, prostitution and human waste on the curb and in residents' yards.
For years, Venicians have been fighting to limit overnight parking to residents only but the California Coastal Commission intervened earlier this year, saying any ordinance that limits parking reduces public access to the beach.
Commissioner Sara Wan angered residents when she voted against the ordinance, claiming "what (Venice) was trying to do was use preferential parking to solve their social problems."
While many acknowledge the homeless problem and the need to address those living on the streets, proponents of parking restrictions say it's unfair to homeowners in Venice.
"It's the only piece of land near the beach from Santa Barbara to San Diego that doesn't have the right to have parking restrictions," says Bill Rosendahl, L.A. City Councilman.
"They're totally passing the buck. That's what these people are doing. Let them live here and have a car or camper in front of their house. See how they feel."
A partial compromise was reached last month, when the L.A. City Council passed an oversized vehicle ordinance. That will allow neighborhoods to elect to ban vehicles more than 22 feet long or 7 feet high from parking on local streets overnight.
Councilman Rosendahl's office says each block will need 2/3 approval for these restrictions to go into place. They're planning to hold meetings and send around petitions."