After Complaints, City Leaders Review Overnight Parking Ordinance

City Council amends ordinance to restrict overnight parking from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m., instead of 6 a.m.

Written by VINCENT WEI / Published September 2, 2011

City leaders took the unusual step of reviewing a recently amended ordinance as a result of complaints from Temple City residents.

The City Council on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, discussed the overnight parking ordinance, which was adopted this past June.

Originally, the council members appeared divided over whether to re-examine the law or to have the yet-to-be formed Public Safety commission look into the issues.

Council members Cynthia Sternquist and Vincent Yu were willing to look into the issues, while council members Carl Blum and Tom Chavez wanted to let the commission review the ordinance. Mayor Fernando Vizcarra was absent.

In the end, Mayor Pro Tempore Chavez agreed to consider the items before the City Council.

The City Council unanimously agreed to amend four of five items, while referring a fifth, which involved the number of annual permits per residence to the Public Safety commission.

The four amended items, which will be brought up for adoption at a future city council meeting, include annual permits for take-home vehicles, placement of permits on vehicles, temporary permits for vehicles in the auto shop, as well as the time restrictions for overnight parking.

“This seems to me like an individual one on one hardship case,” Blum said, in regards to the number of annual permits per residence.

Blum suggested, and the City Council concurred, to have the commission review the issue.

As far as the time restrictions on overnight parking, which is currently set as from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m., Councilman Yu indicated he was okay with the previous restriction. Prior to this year, overnight parking was prohibited from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m.

“I think the burden of enforcement is on the City,” Yu said, in response to why he did not agree with staff’s reasoning for the change.

Public Safety Officer Bryan Ariizumi previously stated the change made it easier for code enforcement and the sheriffs to enforce the overnight parking ordinance.

“I don’t think the purpose of the ordinance is to catch people and to give them tickets,” Yu said. “The purpose of the ordinance is to ensure that people don’t park on the streets overnight.”

According to Ariizumi, neighboring cities, such as San Gabriel and Pasadena, have restrictions from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. The city of Arcadia prohibits overnight parking from 2 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.

In lieu of referring the item to the Public Safety commission, the City Council decided to amend the restriction to 2 a.m. to 5 a.m.

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