San Diego City Council to take up RV parking issue in beach communities

Program would require permits for RVs

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego City Council will soon decide if recreational vehicles, or RVs, will be prohibited from overnight parking in beach communities who have complained the parking problem has become a quality of life issue.

Lifelong Pacific Beach resident Micaela Ponte said she and others suspect the RVs are occupied by the homeless.

"They put their welcome mat on the street and have little barbecues sometimes," said Ponte. "They're just really big, and if they decide to park in front of your house for three days, that's two parking spaces (taken) on your street."

Residents say what is even more problematic is how the RVs take up the precious few parking spaces.

On Wednesday, a 10News crew observed many RVs parked in an area in Pacific Beach. No one answered when the crew knocked on doors.

RV dwellers are able to get around current parking rules by moving as little as a few feet every 72 hours. Nothing can be done to force them to leave the neighborhoods.

In 2009, some Pacific Beach resident banded together, asking for help from the city. Now, the city is taking action, meeting to consider a pilot program that could be the solution.

"We're very excited that we might be able to move this forward," said PB resident Scott Chipman.

If adopted by the City Council, the pilot program would make overnight parking for RVs and trailers illegal in those areas without a permit.

"This ordinance will give the police department the tools that they need," said District 2 City Councilman Kevin Faulconer.

Faulconer said the plan can be expanded to other parts of the city if it's successful.

In the next few weeks, the City Council is expected to vote on the matter.

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