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City of Lodi increases effort to enforce parking rules for recreational vehicles

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Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 12:00 am

After hearing concerns about chronic offenders parking their recreational vehicles on the streets for longer than 72 hours, Lodi has stepped up efforts to find the vehicles and cite or tow them.

Councilwoman JoAnne Mounce said she has heard concerns about RVs parked around schools. One of the main complaints she has received is about a vehicle constantly parked around Ellerth E. Larson Elementary School, where the roads are narrow.

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22 comments:

  • posted at 3:17 am on Thu, Apr 29, 2010.

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    wrong. and really not close. its been shown that people drive a lot faster on wider streets with lots of visibility.and what are these objects flying out so fast towards your slow moving car that are such a concern ? kids balls, kids on bikes ? they dont come flying at you like bullets. slow down...if you're driving 5-10mph you can stop on dime. it doesn't exacerbate the problem, because if you're driving slow, like you should, you'll be able to stop. driving faster with more visibility doesn't help. your car can only stop so fast. although, driving down narrow streets does sort of feel like navigating the panama canal.

     
  • posted at 2:32 am on Thu, Apr 29, 2010.

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    Silver1Sprg hit the nail on the head, can't say it any better than he did. Thankyou sir!

     
  • posted at 8:05 am on Wed, Apr 28, 2010.

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    Sorry for the double entry. Didn't see it posted after the first try.

     
  • posted at 8:03 am on Wed, Apr 28, 2010.

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    There are many homes in Lodi that are more of an eyesore than most RV's and boats, but I don't see anyone particularly concerned about cleaning them up!

     
  • posted at 8:01 am on Wed, Apr 28, 2010.

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    Many houses in Lodi are more of an eyesore than the RV's, but no one is doing anything about them !

     
  • posted at 7:37 am on Wed, Apr 28, 2010.

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    RV's and Boats in front of a house are eyesores.

     
  • posted at 7:07 am on Wed, Apr 28, 2010.

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    I see this as a case of what generates revenue. Enforce parking, parking tickets = money. Erradicating gangs and monitoring criminal behavior = costs. Waste of police time.

     
  • posted at 6:33 am on Wed, Apr 28, 2010.

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    I am fortunate enough to have enough room along side of my house to park my RV. It is also behind my fence. Lots of homes don't have that much room. Parking your legally licensed RV in your own driveway should be legal, as long as it doesn't project out into the sidewalk. Not everyone that owns an RV is rich and some don't have the ability to pay for monthly storage. Storage facilities are getting more and more expensive.

     
  • posted at 6:23 am on Wed, Apr 28, 2010.

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    oh hey our neighbor has so many "toys" he doesn't have room for them in front of his house, so guess where he parks them. We can't do a thing about it because of the 72 hour law. I agree, if you can afford another home on wheels, you should park it in storage.

     
  • posted at 5:33 am on Wed, Apr 28, 2010.

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    Our friends have a nice motor home they have in storage on the east side of 99. Their reward for parking it off the street is two separate break in's to their RV. I guess if you live in Lodi, you gotta live by their standards. I still crack up at the "water police" who drive around and tell people what day and how much to water their lawn. In the big cities, that would never fly. But still, the change in environment from the "cement cities" is worth living with some silly rules.

     
  • posted at 5:29 am on Wed, Apr 28, 2010.

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    I moved to Lodi from a large city down south after working in law enforcement for 20 years. My wife grew up in Lodi so she's not new to the area. We bought our home in the new neighborhood of Larson Elementary School before 90% of the homes were built and were one of the first to move in. Never living in a school zone or lived on such narrow streets sort of gave me a shock. We always try to time our outings during non-delivery or pick up hours at the school because frankly I'm surprised at how bogged down the roads get. And it's mainly to the narrow streets where you can't have two cars pass each other when there are cars parked on either side. I've NEVER seen such a stupid idea in road building. There is so much you can do if a child runs out from a parked car no matter how slow you are traveling. And thanks to those idiot parents who like to park to the edge of corners, it makes it worst to see rounding a corner.

     
  • posted at 4:45 am on Wed, Apr 28, 2010.

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    "The Partners also gave out 25 citations when people game the system by driving the vehicle around the block and then parking it in the same area."What does this mean? If the RV is currently registered, insured & driven, why is it cited as an abandoned vehicle?

     
  • posted at 4:42 am on Wed, Apr 28, 2010.

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    If you can afford these expensive toys then you should be able to pay for storage space somewhere. They are quite a problem for the streets and block the view when parked in the driveway for the neighbors that surround the area.

     
  • posted at 4:20 am on Wed, Apr 28, 2010.

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    Yes your speed does reduce your chances to hit, but it is not the only factor. There are a lot of variables that come into play. Driving speed is directly related to stopping distance. Reaction time is the time when object becomes in view, and the time for you to actually see it and respond. The narrow streets attempt to address the drivers speed. However, it actually increases the problem because it decreases the distance of the object entering the street and your path of travel. The speed of the object is a crucial factor. The faster it goes, the less time you have to react. By decreasing the distance of the visible object traveling towards your path of travel makes it more endangering. You can be driving 10 mph and still hit something. I’d rather have 6 feet of clear view on the side of my path of travel than 2 feet. This is not the right approach to preventing accidents.

     
  • posted at 3:54 am on Wed, Apr 28, 2010.

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    I say no campers or boat trailers (etc) left parked on the street. Makes it looklike low-class OkieVille every single time.

     
  • posted at 3:18 am on Wed, Apr 28, 2010.

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    Hey Peek...reaction time is directly correlated with your speed. If you're stopped, you have all the time in the world, and the faster you drive down narrow streets, the less reaction time you have. Thus, to increase your reaction time and decrease your "anxiety", you drive slower...and there we have 'traffic calming'. Now you know...and knowing is half the battle. YAY !

     
  • posted at 3:00 am on Wed, Apr 28, 2010.

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    Yes, long term RV parking is annoying. But a bigger issue has been raised, street widths. There is a new trend or fad out there called “traffic calming”. The goal is to slow down traffic for safety reasons. Good goal, I agree. However the approach that the City and Council has bought into is downright foolish and dangerous. Their solution is to either narrow the streets or put in round-abouts. The latter is a bad idea, but for now I’m going to focus on narrow streets. Developers have been building narrow streets for several years. These roads produce what I call “Traffic Anxiety”. There is not enough room for two cars to pass when there are cars parked on the road. Narrow roads limit your visibility, thus your reaction time is greatly reduced. Also, there is little room to swerve out of the way. Narrow roads create a hazard to the general public. This has got to stop! Council, use some common sense and stop this dangerous practice. If you want to slow traffic, speed bumps work fine. Be proactive on this issue. Don’t wait until some child gets hit. Stop creating hazardous neighborhoods!

     
  • posted at 2:20 am on Wed, Apr 28, 2010.

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    While there are a few ratty motor homes parked in the streets for long periods of time, the people visiting from out of town that have nice RV’s should be given a break. Normally they are there for a week or so. The problem around Larson school is NOT from RV's being parked in the street, it IS from the City allowing the streets to be built so damn narrow. Who approved that Joanne? Your wonderful (not) planner and Council did. That’s what is dangerous. With those new streets being so narrow there is no room for error. As narrow as School St. is south of Lodi Ave I’d have thought that you would have realized what a lousy design that was. Build the roads to accommodate the traffic that uses them. Especially around schools.

     
  • posted at 2:12 am on Wed, Apr 28, 2010.

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    This is a "non-issue" as long as one of these monstrosities isn't parked next to your driveway for weeks on end. Then it's a HUGE issue.

     
  • posted at 1:54 am on Wed, Apr 28, 2010.

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    Mad Dog,Police Officers do not enforce the 72 hour parking rule - volunteers do. Officers are busy fighting crimes. The fine is $37 of which very few fines have every been issued.This is a none issue in 98% of the city. My concern was only regarding Larson Elementary School. Most RV owners are very concerned about leaving their expensive rigs on the street for too long.I am very surprises the LNS made this front page news considering the council did not act on anything. The law will remain the same.It must have been a slow news day.JoAnne

     
  • posted at 12:57 am on Wed, Apr 28, 2010.

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    MAD DOG..It is all about revenue. Criminals cost money, fines generate money. Follow the dollars. Applies to ALL levels of government and public entities.

     
  • posted at 11:01 pm on Tue, Apr 27, 2010.

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    There can be issues around schools. However, there are shootings, stabbing, robberies, rapes and who knows what else going on aorund here. Aren't there more important things to concentrate Police activity on?

     
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