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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

RV parking faces limits in some spots

From SFGate:

Despite concerns that San Francisco's "vehicularly housed" homeless would be forced out of their four-wheel shelters, the Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to ban oversize vehicles - campers, buses, RVs, commercial trucks and the like - from overnight parking on a number of city streets.

Streets near the beach and Golden Gate Park and places like the Bayview district, Dogpatch and Potrero Hill are now clogged with those super-size vehicles and residents are tired of it, said Supervisor Carmen Chu, who represents the Sunset District.
"It's extremely important to people in my district," added Supervisor Malia Cohen, who represents Bayview-Hunters Point and the surrounding area. "I'm tired of my neighborhood being the dump."

But many of those vehicles serve as the only home for residents who otherwise would be sleeping under the stars.
"A big part of this legislation is targeting people who live in their cars ... people without money," said Supervisor John Avalos. "Yes, we need to do something, but this might not be the best method."

The midnight to 6 a.m. nightly ban would be another tool in the impacted areas, said Chu.

The board voted down an effort by Supervisor Christina Olague to delay the ordinance until a study could be completed on any effects it might have on the city's homeless. But the board did agree that the ordinance would not take effect until March 1 to provide more time to find housing for any people who might be displaced.

The final vote was 7-4, with Supervisors Olague, Avalos, David Campos and Jane Kim opposed.

The ordinance will affect only areas where the oversize vehicles have been a problem. They are expected to include stretches of the Great Highway, Lincoln Way, Fulton Street, 16th and 17th streets, Lake Merced Way and Innes Avenue in the Bayview.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/RV-parking-faces-limits-in-some-spots-3895051.php#ixzz27cVCaNFa


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