VENICE BEACH, Calif. – Looks like people who live in Venice will finally have the chance to reclaim residential streets for parking-not dwelling. Or at least, post signs that say so.
An article in the Beverly Hills Courier said Monday, “Councilman Bill Rosendahl today offered petitions for Venice residents wanting to ban recreational vehicles from parking in front of their homes overnight.”
The petitions will require a two thirds vote and allow Venice neighborhoods to ban overnight parking for specific recreational vehicles from 2am to 6am. Councilman Rosendahl defined recreational vehicles as any means of transportation that is more than seven feet high and 22 feet long.
Rosendahl’s petition comes on the heels of the public outcry over human waste being dumped into Venice residential streets. Pictures appeared on Yo!Venice!, revealing the evidence in several neighborhood gutters.
No article was found in the Los Angeles Times regarding Council Rosendahl’s petition. There was, however, an article expressing his dissatisfaction with the delay in clean-up earlier in the week.
Last year, the Coastal Commission denied the city’s request for ‘resident’s only’ overnight parking. The City Council then passed an ordinance banning recreational vehicles from parking in Venice. An ordinance does not require the Coastal Commission’s approval.
The LAPD, however, has, essentially, ignored the ordinance-sending Venice residents into a fury.
“The California Coastal Commission has wrongly denied Venice the same parking restrictions other communities have. This is one of the few tools we have at our disposal,” Rosendahl said.
He believes that if the Department of Transportation posts the signs, they will have more of an impact on the parking issue around Venice.
Recreational vehicle owners will be able to purchase a non-transferrable $10 per day, three-day permit to load or unload the vehicle.
Residents who would like to view and/or sign the petition can download it from www.councilmanrosendahl.com or on the .pdf below.
The Councilman has retained the right to review all petitions and issue a secondary ‘implementing ordinance.’
The trouble with the petitions is that-even when they pass and signs are posted-RVs and campers will be given a wide breadth of notice-72 hours. These vehicles can continue to shuffle themselves around Venice Streets ad infinitum. There is plenty of parking, specifically designated for RV and camper parking a couple of miles south of Venice at Dockweiler beach
Although the petition is not a permanent fix for the public parking issue-at least for now-it allows Venice residents some control in an increasingly volatile situation.
Meanwhile, a Venice watchdog group-the Venice Stakeholders Association-has sued the California Coastal Commission, which has opted out of this rumbling danger to public health, asserting that this is chiefly a social problem.