The Los Angeles City council gives the nod to resume parking enforcement starting Oct. 15.
The date to reinstate parking enforcement was slated to resume on Thursday, Oct 1., but Councilman Joe Buscaino submitted an amendment to delay the enforcement and use the next two weeks to inform the public on the city’s policy.
Today’s vote will allow the city to resume parking enforcement and impounds when applicable for street cleaning, abandoned vehicles, oversize and overnight restrictions, peak-hour and anti-gridlock zones, and expired vehicle registration.
In Venice, oversized vehicles have become a problem on many streets. Mark Ryavc, president of Venice Stakeholders Association, said it took numerous years to remedy OVO’s a few years ago.
According to historical information on the Venice Stakeholders website, pressure for permit parking grew dramatically in the late 1990s as the number of RVs and campers in Venice grew to over 250 vehicles. Efforts to remove oversized vehicles during this time were amplified by numerous instances of the dumping of human waste by RV and camper dwellers in street gutters and even on residents’ lawns and gardens. Late night noise, loss of parking and use of the vehicles for drug sales and prostitution were also frequently cited by residents.
On Oct. 15, the city will resume enforcement of expired preferential parking district permits. The council suspended imposing new citation late penalties until Oct. 22.
Buscaino’s amendment also delays when the city will impound vehicles when someone is living in them. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation will need to come up with a plan for next steps on how to deal with this.