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City of L.A. says it has authority to restrict overnight parking in Venice

October 28, 2009 |  4:15 pm
The Los Angeles city attorney's office filed legal papers today indicating that it agrees with the Venice Stakeholders Assn. in a battle against the California Coastal Commission over restricted-parking districts in Venice.

In July, the Venice residents group sued both the coastal agency and the city in an effort to reverse their decision that the city must have a coastal development permit to establish resident-only overnight parking in neighborhoods nearest the coast.   In a "cross-complaint" filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the city attorney's office contends that the city "is not obligated to obtain or issue a local coastal development permit in connection with the adoption of any OPD [overnight parking district]." The document contends that the city "is free to adopt and implement the OPDs without consulting, notifying or obtaining any permit from" the coastal agency.

With its action, the city "effectively has agreed with our position," said Mark Ryavec, president of Venice Stakeholders. "Parking restrictions do not constitute development as it's defined in the California Coastal Act."

Venice residents have sought limits on overnight parking in large part to prevent the occupants of campers and other recreational vehicles from taking up curb space. Residents say some of the vehicle dwellers dump sewage down storm drains and hold loud parties.    

-- Martha Groves