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Council OKs oversize vehicle parking limits for Venice [Updated]

June 2, 2010 |  3:09 pm

By a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council approved a plan under which Venice residents could begin asking the city to post signs restricting overnight parking of oversize vehicles.

Under the agreement, residents could begin asking the city to post signs prohibiting the parking of vehicles taller than 7 feet from 2 to 6 a.m. The action is meant to address complaints of residents who say people living in cars and campers have brought late-night noise, public inebriation, crime, litter and dumping of raw sewage to the area. Some of those residents had clamored for permit parking, but many neighbors opposed that idea.

[Updated at 8:10 p.m. An earlier version of this posting said the city would put up the signs for six months. In reality, residents could request the signs and if, after six months, the signs didn't resolve the problem to residents' satisfaction, they would be allowed to seek overnight parking restrictions that would require residents to purchase permits to park on the street. That solution has been opposed by some Venice residents who say it would, among other problems, limit beach access. The earlier version also said the California Coastal Commission had tentatively approved the plan. The commission's staff and attorneys drafted the plan, but the commission has not approved it. The panel is scheduled to vote on the matter next week.]

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