Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl has been working to reduce the number of recreational vehicles and campers people park overnight on the streets of Venice. The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve new overnight parking restrictions.
If the mayor approves the ordinance, new street signs will ban parking vehicles more than 7-feet-high and/or 22-feet-long on certain blocks between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
"In Venice, where these parking restrictions are controversial, I decided to set a very high bar," Rosendahl explained to his colleagues before their vote.
For the signs to go up, two-thirds of the people who live in homes or run businesses on a block must sign a petition.
Rosendahl made the petitions available in August, and he says more than 700 people on 40 different Venice blocks have already signed them.
Tensions have flared between people who live in homes and those who sleep in parked campers or RVs. Councilman Rosendahl the new parking restrictions will work alongside a "Streets to Homes" program the city’s developing to offer safe overnight parking and social services to people who live in their vehicles.
"For me this represents a fair and measured compassionate approach," Rosendahl told his colleagues. "Venice residents gain some small measure of control of their streets – much smaller than most neighborhoods in your districts, and at the same time, Venice and CD 11 act with extraordinary compassion and extend a hand to those in need," he said.
The program, he said, will be operating shortly after the Oversized Vehicle Ordinance signs go up. But some Venice residents and advocates for the homeless believe the signs shouldn't go up until the “Streets to Homes” program is in place.