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Venice permit-parking request denied

June 12, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The city of Los Angeles hits another snag in its efforts to regulate the parking of recreational vehicles in Venice Beach.On Thursday the California Coastal Commission turned down a request by the city to create permit parking districts in five areas of Venice Beach.

According to the Los Angeles Times, commissioners were concerned they were being asked to resolve a social issue, rather than a beach access issue.

At the center of the controversy are R.V.s inhabited by homeless people and parked on Venice streets.

The number of R.V.s parked on Venice streets has gone up considerably over the last year, while residents have long complained about R.V.s parking overnight and taking up their curb space. Residents have also expressed distaste with what the say are public sidewalks being used as living rooms and bathrooms.

The city wants to designate a site for R.V. parking before it can ban overnight R.V. parking on Venice streets.

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