Assembly Bill 891 is on the Governor’s desk to sign now

cbslocal – excerpt (includes video)

All California Counties, Big Cities, May Need To Create Parking Lots For Homeless

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – California’s biggest cities, including Sacramento, and all 58 counties will need to provide safe parking locations for people who live in their cars, if a new bill becomes law.

Assembly Bill 891 would require cities with more than 330,000 people to establish a safe parking program by June 1, 2022. The Department of Transportation and Director of General Services would identify where those safe parking lots would be located. They’d look at state surplus properties and then post a lost of those properties on its website by June 1, 2020. Those properties would then be sold, exchanged, or leased to cities and counties.

Once the safe parking programs are established, cities and counties would work with local nonprofits to make sure those who live in their cars know about the option… (more)

This is one of many bills awaiting the governor’s signature. I want people to know how it may be handled. Please note the failure to sign the bill does not mean cities cannot pass their own legislation, and they well may.


Berkeley to Evict RV Homeless Camp from Marina Parking Lot Next Week

The Berkeley City Manager’s plan to evict the vehicle camp was stopped today, but the city council failed to extend a one month reprieve.

By Darwin BondGraham

Several dozen homeless families and individuals who reside in RVs and cars in a Berkeley marina parking lot were hoping to be allowed to stay for at least one more month, but their hopes were dashed this morning when the Berkeley City Council failed to approve a last-minute reprieve.

After the city council failed to provide the one-month stay, some residents of the camp cried…(more)

Banned From Numerous SF Streets, Homeless Czar Now Wants RV Park For Homeless Vehicle-Dwellers


Map of locations where oversized vehicles are prohibited from overnight parking:
SFMTAIt was back in 2012 when the city of San Francisco started banning the overnight parking of “oversized” vehicles. The prohibitions were an effort to keep otherwise homeless folks living in RVs from taking up residence in certain neighborhoods — but less than four years later, SF’s top official on homelessness is exploring ways for more, not fewer, RV dwellers to park and live in the city…

But now we’re in the era of Division Street’s Tent City, a city-wide report card that ranked homelessness as SF’s top issue, and a Supe-declared shelter bed emergency. Is this a climate in which some of these Supes will change their tune, and welcome people who live in RVs back to their neighborhoods?

That’s apparently what Sam Dodge, SF’s so-called “homeless czar,” is hoping. According to the SF Chronicle, Dodge is “interested in working with a neighborhood to set up a place where RVs now parked on streets can hook up to electricity and water,” essentially creating a space for those who are currently moving their vehicles from place to place to avoid SFMTA ire.

“An RV park would be another kind of step,” Dodge told the Chron, saying that it’s already known that there are “people living in RVs on city streets.”

While this might please advocates for the homeless like Nick Kimura, a volunteer at the Coalition on Homelessness who told the Ex in 2014 that the bans were “displacement, it’s not effectively getting to the root of the problem…And the problem is people are living in vehicles, and they’re being criminalized for it,” Dodge’s move is sure to catch heat from Supes like Cohen, who described overnight RV bans as something that’s “increased people’s quality of life.”

According to Cohen, speaking in 2014, “The folks who are vehicularly housed are a very small percentage. So small that we’re able to solve their concerns on a case-by-case basis.”

But now we’re in 2016, and it’s clear that we haven’t solved much, case-by-case or not. So is an RV park a (partial) solution? And where would it go?

Related: Poll: 51 Percent Of San Franciscans See City Headed In Wrong Direction
Campos’s Shelter-Crisis Declaration Now Has Veto-Proof Majority(more)

Glad to hear that someone with authority is considering the obvious solution of opening up car parks with facilities. I was suggesting they can start with the empty gas stations that already have plumbing and power on site. All they have to do is tear down the fences or open the gates.

Maybe some of those waiting to be developed blocks like the Warriors lot could be used while they are waiting for entitlements and permits.


Homeless Camps, RV’s Roll Into Potrero Hill Neighborhood To Avoid Ban On Large Vehicles

cbslocal – excerpt

Anger is growing in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood as homeless camps and trash-filled RV’s invade the streets.

San Francisco recently started a new program making it illegal to park large vehicles like RV’s in forty designated areas of the city. But, a span of the Potrero Hill neighborhood called the Design District anchored by 16th and Vermont Streets is not part of program… (more)

It’s No Longer Illegal to Live in Your Car in Los Angeles

By Adrian Glick Kudler : la.curbed – excerpt

Rents are insane, housing supplies are short, and buying is one giant “pffffffft” noise going on forever, so housing options are housing options here in Los Angeles, and now finally the Ninth Circuit Court has struck down a law that made it illegal for people to live in their cars. The law had been on the books since 1983 but the city only started enforcing it in 2010 (with a 21-officer task force) when those notoriously complainy Venice residents started complaining about waste and trash on the streets, according to the Guardian. (In January, a group of Venetians finally dropped a years-long battle to kick cars and RVs off the streets overnight.) The ban forbid anyone from using a vehicle “as living quarters either overnight, day-by-day, or otherwise,” and officers all had different interpretations of what exactly that meant, so enforcement was selective; officers were arresting people just for having stuff in their car and even when they were parked in private parking lots. One of the four homeless people who sued to overturn a lower court’s decision upholding the ban had been pulled over in her RV for failing to use a turn signal but was cited instead for living in the vehicle. As one Ninth Circuit judge wrote, “[the ordinance] is broad enough to cover any driver in Los Angeles who eats food or transports personal belongings in his or her vehicle. Yet it appears to be applied only to the homeless.” That of course makes it potentially discriminatory and unconstitutional. The AP adds, via the judge’s opinion, that the ban “criminalizes innocent behavior.”… (more)

These young SF professionals choose to live in RVs

By Nellie Bowles : sfgate – excerpt

…Smith is among a small slice of young San Francisco professionals who are choosing to live in vehicles – whether it’s a large RV or a smaller car – even when they can afford more traditional options (i.e. apartments), albeit not in the trendiest neighborhoods.
These in-vehicle arrangements – usually associated with the homeless – are illegal, and come at a time when the city’s housing crisis has pushed many to seek lower-rent options (the average rent for a one-bedroom in the Castro is $2,990 per month). Yet, unlike the homeless, these new vehicle dwellers see their choice as more than financially practical. They talk about the freedom to move, the minimalism that small space requires, and the cred it gives them within the startup community, where there’s value in being hard-core and a little weird…
Smith also put in solar panels, but the surrounding apartments block the sun, so he usually employs his electrical outlets. He controls the lights, and all the RV’s electricity, with his phone, using an app designed for media consoles that he hacked. During bright days, he keeps a cool whiter light; at night, he slides a hue scale on his phone, and the light becomes warm and ruddy… (more)

S.F. moves closer to taking RVs off streets at night

by : sfexaminer – excerpt

Oversized vehicles would be banned from overnight parking on many streets in the Bayview, Sunset and South of Market districts and other neighborhoods under a proposal up for approval today.
Last year, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which regulates parking in The City, approved a policy that would bar vehicles longer than 22 feet from staying overnight on city streets. Vehicles violating the ban are subject to a $65 fine.
On Tuesday, the transit agency’s board will vote on the first set of street segments that would be off-limits to the oversized vehicles. The agency has identified 35 on-street zones in The City, including portions of the Great Highway, Industrial Street, Fulton Street and Taraval Street… (more)

Oversized Vehicles Banned From City Streets

By Rigoberto Hernandez : – excerpt

Oversized vehicles that line the streets of the northeast Mission will have to start parking elsewhere after the Board of Supervisors approved a law on Tuesday that prohibits them from parking overnight.
Over objections from homeless advocates that the law criminalizes the poor, the supervisors passed the ordinance 7-4. Supervisors John Avalos, Jane Kim, David Campos and Christina Olague cast the dissenting votes.
Starting March 1, any vehicle that is 22 feet in length and 7 feet tall will be banned from parking overnight on certain city streets from 2 to 6 a.m., or risk being fined or towed…
“It’s a cat and mouse game right now,” said Bevan Dufty, the city’s director of Housing Opportunity, Partnership and Engagement (HOPE). “It’s very hard for an individual to let go of the only housing they have.”…
The program would start next year, to give the city’s HOPE program an opportunity to reach out to vehicle owners and attempt to get them into permanent housing… (more)

So, Bevan Dufty has a few months to work some magic. Any ideas, send em his way. We think the city should set up some trailer-car parks with amenities like they have in Santa Barbara, Seattle and Portland.

Great Highway wall of RVs targeted by new proposal

Posted by Tom Prete – – excerpt

UPDATE 3:25 p.m. Sept. 17: The Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee voted 3-0 to send the full board Supervisor Carmen Chu’s legislation authorizing the regulation of parking areas for oversize vehicles.
Supervisor Malia Cohen signed on as a co-sponsor of the legislation…
The Board of Supervisors can’t directly impose parking regulations, Chu explained. But her proposed legislation would allow the SFMTA to restrict the overnight parking of large vehicles in certain zones….
“The intention is not to ban it outright,” she said, noting that other spaces for large vehicles wouldn’t be included in the potential new rules… (more)

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