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Council advances RV parking ban in Venice

September 22, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Los Angeles City Council voted on Wednesday to push forward an ordinance that bans overnight RV parking in Venice after residents complained that the vehicles caused health and parking problems.The council voted on Wednesday to have the city attorney start drafting up the ordinance that would make it illegal to park RVs that are longer than 22 feet and taller than 7 feet to park from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. between Beach and Lincoln boulevards south of Rose Avenue.

The issue will come up for another vote in the weeks ahead. Residents have complained about the campers parked in their neighborhood saying some RV dwellers allegedly dump raw sewage on the streets. The RVs are also taking up parking spots for residents and their guests.

Los Angeles County has 20 permitted waste disposal sites where RVs can empty out human waste. The closest one to Venice is in Marina del Rey, but many people in Venice say that people living in RVs are dumping their waste right on the streets instead. If caught, violators face jail time and up to $1,000 in fines.

The RVs are an eyesore even according to some of the RV owners, but they say they can't afford a home and they can't afford to pay rent either. Now, they feel that Venice is forcing them out unfairly.

"It kind of hurts my feelings, and I don't know what they're going to do in November when millions more Americans have their unemployment benefits ended," said RV owner James Willet.

However, L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl who represents Venice said the RVs have simply worn out their welcome.

"Who would want a camper in front of their home 24-7? People urinate and defecate in some issues and they create crime issues and health issues," said Rosendahl. "Enough is enough is enough for that piece of Venice."

Rosendahl said that everybody deserves to be treated with respect and he is working out a program called, Streets to Homes where RVs will be able to park and have social services on hand.

As for the parking ordinance, Rosendahl hopes that the council will vote in favor of it in the following weeks and he hopes the city can begin posting no parking signs as early as October.

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