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Over-sized/Recreational Vehicles – New Parking Rules

 

Parking regulation sign

The San Diego City Council has adopted a Neighborhood Parking Protection Ordinance that restricts overnight parking (2am to 6am) of recreational, non-motorized and oversized vehicles The ordinance became effective on August 17th with citations to be written beginning on September 1st and it includes the following vehicles:

  • Recreational vehicles* (may be parked with a permit)
  • Non-motorized vehicles  (cargo trailer, trailer bus, fifth-wheels*, etc.)
  • Oversized vehicles (greater than 27′ long AND 7′ high)

*Recreational Vehicles are defined in the CA code as “any camp trailer, camper, trailer coach, or house car…”  Or “any boat, dune buggy, all-terrain vehicle or other motorized or towed vehicle designed, maintained or used primarily for recreational purposes.”

 The ordinance also prohibits any of these vehicles from parking within 50 feet of an intersection or alley at ANYTIME.

Permits:
Recreational vehicle owners may obtain a permit allowing overnight parking. A permit is valid for one 24-hour period. The cost per 24 hour permit is $1.25.  Permit applicants may obtain up to three consecutive days (72 hours total) at one time. Applicants may purchase up to 72 days of permits per year. The permit is only valid on the same block as the resident’s address.  You may apply for a permit online here.

In order for this ordinance to be effective, the community must be vigilant and willing to report violations.
HOW TO REPORT ILLEGALLY PARKED VEHICLES
Citations will levy a $100 fine to vehicle owners.
Call anytime: 619 531-2000 (police non-emergency line) to report illegal parking, including unpermitted overnight (2am to  6am) parking of recreational, non-motorized and oversize vehicles.Note: For best police response, provide the street address, license number and vehicle make/model.  Call again if the violation is repeated or unresolved.
WANT MORE INFORMATION?

This ordinance is in the San Diego Municipal Code Traffic and Vehicles sections 86.0138 – 86.0144.  If you have questions or enforcement issues read the FAQs below and/or contact:

  1. District 2 Council Office - Chet Barfield, Phone: (619) 236-6622,  email:  cbarfield@sandiego.gov
  2. Mayor’s Office – Ian Clampett, Phone: (619) 236-6330, email:  iclampett@sandiego.gov
  3. SDPD Northern Division – Captain Jerry Hara, Phone: 858 552-1710 email: jhara@pd.sandiego.gov
FAQs:
Q.  The ordinance prohibits ”oversized/recreational/non-motorized vehicles from parking within 50 feet of intersections.  Does that include alleys?
A.  Yes.  §86.0139 state that “It is unlawful for any person to park or leave standing within 50 feet of any intersection of public streets, a public street and park road, a public street and alley or a park road and alley,…any oversized, non-motorized or recreational vehicle at any time.”Q. Are there exceptions to the prohibition on parking of Oversized, Non-Motorized and Recreational Vehicles? 
A.  Yes.  §86.0140 states these exceptions:

  • oversize vehicle on a public street while actively engaged in loading or unloading goods, wares, or merchandise from or to any building or structure.
  • oversize vehicle on a public street when left standing in connection with, and in aid of, the performance of a service to or on a property in the block..
  • vehicle belonging to federal, state, or local authorities, or a public utility.
  • school bus or any bus on a public street used for the transportation of student, youths or disabled persons during the course of the activity for which they were transported.
  • when parked in commercial loading zones.

Q.  Which vehicles MUST OBTAIN A PERMIT to park on the street between 2 am and 6 am?
A.  A Temporary Overnight Parking Permit may only be issued for a Recreational Vehicle (RV).  According to SDMC 81.0102 an RV means:

  • (a) any camp trailer, camper, trailer coach, or house car, as defined in Vehicle Code sections 242243635 or California Health and Safety Code section 18010. 
  • (b) any boat, dune buggy, all-terrain vehicle or other motorized or towed vehicle designed, maintained, or used primarily for recreational purposes.
Proof of residency and vehicle control, e.g. ownership, is required.
Q. Which vehicles are NEVER PERMITTED to park on the street between 2 am and 6 am?
A. Non motorized vehicles (not used for recreation), e.g. cargo trailer, trailer bus, etc. 
Q. What about a Moving/Storage Pod left at the curb during a move?  
A.  Storage pods are not covered under this ordinance.  (However, per the Traffic Code, pods are not permitted to be placed on a public street.)
Q. Do I need to check for a permit before I call to report an illegally parked recreation vehicle?
A.Check for a permit if you can, but it’s not mandatory.  Once you report the vehicle, the police can check electronically to verify if a permit has been issued.  Call anytime: 619 531-2000 (police non-emergency line) to report illegal parking,Q. Who can I contact, if despite repeated calls to SDPD, the vehicle continues to park illegally?
A.  If after numerous reports the illegally parked vehicle is not cited, contact:

SDPD No. Division –  Capt. Jerry Hara, Phone: 858 552-1710 Email: jhara@pd.sandiego.gov

  1. District 2 Council Office – Chet Barfield, Phone: (619) 236-6622,  email:  cbarfield@sandiego.gov
  2. Mayor’s Office – Ian Clampett, Phone: (619) 236-6330, email: iclampett@sandiego.gov
Q. Can I get a permit for my guests with an RV?
A. No

Captain’s Advisory Board meeting March 18th

A Captain’s Advisory Board meeting was held on March 18th.   Here are topics that were covered:

  1. Property Crime is up. But you can do a lot to help yourself and your neighbors.  Property crime is often due to easy entry through unlocked windows, doors and gates.  What you can do: If a crime occurs in your neighborhood, report it to the police and post it on nextdoor.com so that other residents will be on the alert.
  2. Pedestrian accidents are on the rise. “…of 55 pedestrian deaths in San Diego last year, 51 were the pedestrian’s fault.”  As of last Friday, the Traffic Unit has started handing out citations for: Jaywalking, bicyclists not observing stop signs and breaking other traffic laws and distracted drivers and pedestrians, e.g. on cell phones or texting, etc.   What you can do:  Don’t be one of those people!
  3. In April, a PISO Officer will be working in our area on weekends and nights. This officer will address illegal parking, e.g. enforcing the 72 hour rule and people staying overnight in RV’s.  They will also respond to lower priority Police calls.  What you can do:  Report illegal parking in your neighborhood.  Click here to find out how-> Illegal Parking.
  4. Many, many bikes are stolen in PB.  In an effort to stem the tide, the Police have acquired 2 bikes fitted with GPS tracking devices.  These bikes will be used as decoys in areas where bicycles are frequently stolen.
  5. We have a Beach Team of 8 to 9 Officers patrolling the beach and boardwalk.  At night, they patrol the business district.  Last year, they wrote over 1,000 citations.  This past weekend, the division hired two officers on overtime and had them patrol the boardwalk for 6 hours.  These officers wrote citations for alcohol, smoking, dogs and made themselves visible to the many “spring breakers”  .
  6. Officers now regularly conduct inspections of bar and restaurants to ensure all conditions of Entertainment Permits and Alcohol Licenses are being met.  As a result, compliance with conditions has noticeably improved. Inspections are random and complaint driven. Police look for overcrowding and for adequate security..  They check for open windows and doors that may be contributing to a noise problems. What you can do: If you notice this type of problem, please call the SDPD-emergency # : 619 531-2000
  7. Quality of Life Team:  We are fortunate to have 2 outstanding Officers who address the transient problem in our community. They achieve the work of two Squads. These 2 officers help transients with transportation to a shelter.  They also enforce illegal lodging and issue stay away orders.  What you can do: If you see suspicious activity or groups of people that make you uncomfortable don’t just pass by, report it to the police non-emergency #, 619 531-2000.
  8. On a Saturday night in March, a DUI checkpoint was conducted in the 2700 block of Grand Ave. between 11 p.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday.  As a result, 14 drivers were not driving our city streets while drunk.  Around 1,575 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. The checkpoint was funded by a grant through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Captain’s Advisory Board

One of our own is serving on the recently-formed SDPD Northern Division Captain’s Advisory Board. What is the Captain’s Advisory Board?

The Captain’s Advisory Board was reinstated by our new Northern Division Police Captain, Jerry Hara. The Police Advisory Board is made up of officers and community members from the Northern Division. Our Northern Division is made up of neighborhoods including Bay Ho, Bay Park, Clairemont Mesa North, East and West, La Jolla, Mission Bay Park, Mission Beach, Torrey Pines, University City and Pacific Beach. There are over 20 people on the Board. Block Captains and residents from different areas.The purpose of the Board is to promote a 2-way dialog between the Police and residents about community issues. This helps our Police tailor their policing approach to our needs. Marcella Teran is our Representative. She was selected to participate on the Board because of her involvement in the Pacific Beach Neighborhood Watch (PB NW). Under her leadership, Neighborhood Watch groups in PB have grown from 13 to 53!


Enforcement of Alcohol License Conditions

QUALITY OF LIFE AND POLICE ENFORCEMENT:  In 2013, SDPD implemented pro-active enforcement of alcohol license conditions and entertainment permit conditions at bars and restaurants in PB.

Officers routinely check for compliance with conditions such as occupancy limits, security staffing and noise mitigation.  Police say compliance has increased across the board and is having positive impacts.  In the last two years, SDPD has also gone undercover to investigate “over-serving” and has cited and fined several bartenders.


Neighborhood Watch grows

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH:
We have over 53 Neighborhood Watch (NW) groups in Pacific Beach and the police are using us as a model for other communities to follow! NW allows neighbors to connect in-person with each other, which makes our neighborhoods safer and builds our community. NW allows residents to have direct communication with the police about issues that concern them. It’s easy to start a NW – just email Marcella Teran and she will assist you and answer any questions you may have. marcellateran@gmail.com


Exciting Changes Ahead for Mission Bay Park!

Mission Bay Park is a great park – It can be even better! This area welcomes local San Diegans and visitors each day who enjoy the park’s facilities and the natural beauty of the surroundings. The Mission Bay Gateway project seeks to connect and enhance these facilities while also expanding and protecting the Mission Bay marshlands and bird sanctuaries. Bike Paths and parks will be extended and new amenities like pools, sports fields, and a restaurant will be added for the community and visitors to enjoy. The result will be an environmental, recreational, and educational destination at the heart of Mission Bay.  Learn more at the website:  Mission Bay Gateway 

Mission Bay Park Gateway Area Map

 

 

 


Oversized Vehicles on City Street Ordinance Proposal

The parking of oversize vehicles (i.e., RVs, boats, trailers) on city streets has been a long-time concern for many residents of Pacific Beach and other San Diego communities.  In 2008 two proposals were brought to the City Council for consideration.  Due to budgetary constraints the item was tabled and never voted on.  

In response to the feedback the Councilmember has heard from many of the local community groups in District 2, Councilmember Faulconer is bringing an ordinance for consideration to the Land Use and Housing Committee on November 28th at 2:00pm to address this issue.  You may voice your opinion about this ordinance by attending the meeting on November 28th at 2:00pm.  The meeting is located at 202 West C Street on the 12th floor in Committee Chambers. 

The ordinance will prohibit the parking of Recreational Vehicles as defined as: 

  • Camp trailers (California Vehicle Code Section 242) 
  • Fifth-wheel travel trailers (California Vehicle Code Section 324) 
  • House cars (California Vehicle Code Section 362) 
  • Trailer coaches (California Vehicle Code Section 635) 
  • Mobile homes (California Vehicle Code Section 396) Recreation vehicles (California Health & Safety Code Section 18010) 
  • Folding camper trailers 

on public streets from 10:00pm-6:00am, unless an individual has a permit displayed. Only residents or a resident’s guest will be able to have a permit. The permit will be good for 72 hours, and residents will be only to receive a maximum of 24 permits/year. The permit is designed for residents who are preparing for travel, etc.

The next update will explain the process of review and approval.


City Trash Cans and Scavenging

Did you know that city code requires everyone to pull their trash and recycle bins in by 6pm on trash day?

It may seem like a silly city rule that you have to bring your bins in and not leave them out but actually the rule is rooted in the “broken window theory” which is a really an important principle for reducing crime in neighborhoods. 

The principle is, if a neighborhood looks unkempt with trash, graffiti and broken windows, it tends to increase the likelihood that people will leave more trash, do more graffiti and commit further crime. 

So, it’s been shown over and over again that if you keep you neighborhood clean and neat and take care of trash and take care of graffiti that you will discourage crime, litter, vandalism and things like that. 

City of San Diego Municipal Code Section 66.0105:

  • Containers should be stored in a secured location not visible from public right-of-way, such as behind a fence, in your backyard, or in your garage. 
  • Container Set-out: To ensure collection, all containers must be placed at designated point of collection by 6 a.m. on your scheduled collection day. Set the container on the street or alley, wheels against the curb and with the handle facing your home.
  • Container Removal: All containers must be removed from your designated point of collection by 6 p.m. on your scheduled collection day. 
  • To report damaged, lost or stolen containers, to request an additional container, or for general questions about trash and recycling collection, please call the Environmental Services Department at 858-694-7000.

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