Jamie Paige, Special to the Daily Press
The Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) unanimously passed a motion submitted by Secretary Chris Spitz to support a proposed motion in front of the City Council that would ban overnight vehicle dwelling in certain areas of Los Angeles.
Councilmember Joe Buscaino submitted the proposed motion to create some relief when it comes to RV’s that line residential streets and are allowed to remain in sensitive areas like schools, parks, and the Ballona Wetlands.
The motion establishes a permit system that would allow the City to regulate vehicle dwelling better and prevent over-concentration in any community. It also ensures those living in their vehicles are connected to services and are put into the Coordinated Entry System–”The first step on the path to housing,” Busciano said.
The motion also calls for lodging to be prohibited on City streets between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and prohibits storing personal belongings that look like vehicle dwelling and cooking in vehicles.
Along with what not to do, the ordnance states that in areas where vehicle dwelling is allowed, non-residential areas, a person needs to display a lodging pass issued by a homeless service provider that the City contracts. The passes come with an expiration date that can be renewed if needed.
A first violation of the new law, if passed, calls for a fine of up to $100. A second and all subsequent violations call for fines of up to $250 as well as other consequences.