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Venice parking permit plan rejected by California Coastal Commission

June 11, 2009 |  6:39 pm

The California Coastal Commission on Thursday denied a request by the city of Los Angeles to create permit parking districts in five areas near Venice Beach where residents have complained for years about the constant presence of recreational vehicles.

The agency’s staff had recommended that the overnight parking zones be approved, but commissioners were concerned that they were being asked to resolve a social issue rather than a beach-access issue, which is under their jurisdiction.

Many who live near Venice Beach complain that people living in campers take up precious curb space and pose sanitation and safety problems. Opponents contend that the restrictions would deny public access to the beach at night and displace people who live in RVs and cars.

--Dan Weikel

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