The City of Escondido has just passed a first of its kind residential parking district ordnance this past Wednesday, September 28, by the city council.
The reason for this ordnance is the over-congestion and lack of parking in Eastern Escondido from Rose down Grand Avenue to Foxdale Place. Action was taken after the Escondido Police Department’s Neighborhood Transformation Project heard concerns from residents in the area that tenants from neighboring apartments were using their streets to park at night. This forced residents to leave their trashcans out in the street or to park their vehicles on their lawns which both violate the municipal code in the City of Escondido. Other violations include parking in fire zones, in front of fire hydrants and blocking sidewalks with multiple cars in the their driveway.
This ordnance will take two months to get on the books and there will be a 6 month grace period to inform the public before fines are generated by the city. Homeowners living on the streets are allowed two vehicle permits; one for their vehicle, the other for a guest/ visitor. The aforementioned streets are part of a one year pilot program to see if this clears up the parking problems in Eastern Escondido.
I contacted Mayor Sam Abed for comment regarding this new ordnance; he told me “We had to do it, it was our (the city’s) last resort,” and added that he “doesn’t like regulations.” He also spoke of “apartment tenants converting their garages illegally to house tenants.”
Keep reading the Escondido TA for more on this developing story.