San Diego judge may lift ban on people living in RVs

Federal judge Anthony Battaglia is considering a request to temporarily lift a ban against people living in vehicles as well as restrictions on the hours large vehicles can park on San Diego streets following a hearing Thursday, reported the San Diego Union-Tribune.

A class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in November by 11 homeless people argues that the city’s restriction against living in vehicles is vague and the restriction on parking large vehicles on the street is unconstitutional because it unfairly targets homeless people.

Battaglia said he had concerns that lifting a citywide ban on parking on streets between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. could open a Pandora’s box, meaning many recreational vehicle owners might take their RVs out of private lots and park them for free on the street.

An attorney representing the city asked the judge to delay a decision on the injunction request because the city is working with a nonprofit to create a parking lot where people in RVs could safely park at night without violating the law. However, an attorney with Disability Rights California said that she did not think the city’s plan to create a safe parking lot for RVs would solve the problem because it probably would not be large enough to accommodate the many homeless people who live in RVs.

At the end of the Thursday hearing, Battaglia said both sides have given him many facts to consider, and he would have a decision as soon as possible.

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2 Thoughts to “San Diego judge may lift ban on people living in RVs”

  1. walt

    I live in san diego, own a 3oft 5th wheel. I think the judge needs to live here, to see just how out of hand homeless rving, homeless people due to the weather and city handouts, present and future offerings are. The reality is the crime, theft etc is on the rise due to homeless situation. Rv spend day at the beach, no problem with that, but at night park on city streets and do take advantage. I have gone out and seen rvs fill their water from my service and trash left on property. I do live by the bay.

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