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Neighborhoods want nuisance RVs to hit the road

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Councilmember Kevin Faulconer is working to create a new city ordinance that will address some public safety concerns.

The ordinance is based on concerns about people illegally camping in vehicles in residential neighborhoods. It will apply to oversized vehicles, including RVs and trailers.

The pilot program would start in the beach and bay communities west of I-5, which has the worst problems with illegally parked oversized vehicles. Eventually, it would expand citywide.

RV owner Paul Passarino claims he's playing by the city's parking laws, and he has a logbook to prove it. The retired stockbroker's 1973 Dodge Sportsman has become an eyesore in a Kensington neighborhood.

"Leave me alone, you know? Just go away," he said.

Residents are hoping that's exactly what they 70-year-old will do. They called News 8 believing the San Diego native was breaking oversized vehicle parking rules.

"What's the problem? It's like any other vehicle. Yeah, it's a little bit larger, but I'm not residing in it," Passarino said.

Passarino claims he's staying in a nearby house with a longtime friend with health problems, and not boondocking in his RV, which he's been trying to make over.

"The only thing they can do if they don't like it is put it on fire. If they want it out of here, anybody can do whatever they want," he said.

Councilwoman Lorie Zapf is supporting a draft ordinance which would apply to RVs and trailers during a test run which could start before the end of the year. It would give parking officers better enforcement tools to discourage illegally living in RVs and restrict overnight parking of oversized vehicles except for residents and their guests. It would also increase traffic safety by restricting oversized vehicles from parking within 50 feet of an intersection.

"You've got a lot of these oversized vehicles parking on streets that block the line of sight. I know that we're never going to make everyone happy, but we do need to come up with something that's fair to both the RV owners and the residents," Zapf said.

Paul Passarino's RV has been egged and even sideswiped in the past. He says he's hoping to move it to a relative's property in Lakeside in the weeks ahead, where he can store it for free.

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