Street Camping Surge in Pacific Beach Drives Homeowners Up the Wall

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 03/21/2024
The increasing number of individuals camping in their cars and recreational vehicles on residential streets is driving many Pacific Beach homeowners crazy.

We prefer not to walk our dogs or other pets at night since it does not seem comfortable. You have no idea what is going on over there, said Debbie Turnbull, a resident of Pacific Beach.

Turnbull reported seeing more individuals sleeping in their recreational vehicles lately. Turnbull said, "It is not as family-friendly anymore."

The severe enforcement of the Vehicle Habitation Ordinance and the Oversized Vehicle Ordinance is something that many members of the community are requesting.

Between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., it is against the Vehicle Habitation Ordinance for anybody to live in their car on any public roadway or property. Additionally, it forbids them from parking at any time within 500 feet of a home or school.

A legal lawsuit that contested two municipal bylaws was resolved in February. The director of communications for Mayor Todd Gloria's office, Rachel Laing, told NBC 7 that "under the settlement, the Vehicle Habitation Ordinance can be enforced so long as the city is able to provide a suitable alternative for people sleeping in their vehicles, which are doing at our four Safe Parking sites across the city, two of which are open 24 hours."

Employees of the city are saying they would prefer a long-term fix for this problem.

The city is making a concerted effort to expand the availability of safe parking. Safe Parking offers assistance and case management to assist individuals in their pursuit of permanent housing, in addition to allowing them to park overnight and sleep in their cars without fear of receiving a ticket, according to Laing.


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