RV and Commercial Truck Sanitation and Safety Issue in the Portola

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RV's, commercial trucks, trailers, etc. have been an issue in the Portola, our neighborhood, for several years now. The community is taking the initiative in ending this issue. 

We do feel compassionate towards our citizens. We realize it is difficult to find affordable housing in San Francisco and the Bay Area. They are doing what's best for them, but our neighborhood isn't the appropriate place to stage living quarters. We have also noticed children and animals living in these vehicles and the streets are not somewhere for a child to grow up. As part of this initiative, we would like to see the city designate an area where these people can safely park for an extended period of time, feel at ease, receive sanitary needs, and food and water if needed. This is a beneficial solution for both RV occupants and residents.

Safety and sanitation are our two greatest concerns. Witnesses have seen illegal waste dumping into the sewer and dumping of urine on the sidewalks. Residents have seen them illegally plugging into the electrical grid to charge their generators and other electrical equipment at the taxpayer's expense as well as the syphoning of gasoline. They take up sidewalks as their own, putting out chairs and barbecues. Residents are now scared to walk the sidewalks, especially with their children or grandchildren, where these vehicles inhabit.

It’s not just RV’s. Commercial trucks have become an issue. Businesses treat our streets as their personal storage facility. It’s a daily occurrence. Once business hours end, they park their commercial trucks, get in their personal vehicle, and drive off. When the work week finishes, they leave their trucks parked all weekend until Monday when needed and the cycle begins again. It is the business owners responsibility for storing their trucks in their yard, on their property, or in a proper storage facility. Not in our streets!

Frequently, these oversized vehicles park on corners, significantly limiting the drivers view making it dangerous for drivers and pedestrians. Drivers are essentially forced to make blind turns into oncoming traffic. With MUNI runs lines on Felton, University, and Woolsey there is potential for significant accidents and injuries.

In 2012, the Board of Supervisors passed Section 7.2.54, making it illegal for oversized vehicles (RV’s, camp trailers, house cars, trailer coaches, mobile homes, semi-trailers, etc.) longer than 22ft or higher than 7ft to park in the city where signs are posted. It is also illegal to live in your vehicle between the hours of 10pm and 6am and park your vehicle longer than 72 hours in one location. Numerous of these oversized vehicles are in violation. 

According to the MTA, since this restriction's enactment, “all locations signed with the restriction have greatly reduced numbers of oversize vehicles parked overnight; in most pilot locations oversize vehicle parking has been nearly eliminated."

We need these signs around both reservoirs, parks (McLaren and Palega), and surrounding areas.

One can find anywhere between 25-35 of these oversized vehicles in the area, specifically both reservoirs, parks where our children and animals play, and in front of the Portola Gardens Senior Home.   

Please write and/or call Supervisor Hillary Ronen, MTA, and the Police Department regularly as we collect signatures to bring awareness to this issue. If you see any of these oversized vehicles in violation please call 3-1-1 and the non-emergency police line (numbers and emails posted below). We have spoken to the police and they encourage us to make our voices consistently heard. 

We just want our neighborhood to be safe and clean for everyone. 

Supervisor Hillary Ronen

Email- Hillary.Ronen@sfgov.org

Phone number- (415) 554-5144

Non-emergency police phone number- (415) 553-0123

Before making calls, please take note of the license plate, color of the vehicle, and address where it is parked. These are essential pieces of information to enforce parking restrictions.