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Mountain View City Council to consider adding 24-hour 'no return' rule to three-day street parking limit

Original post made on Feb 14, 2023

The Mountain View City Council is considering some tweaks to its 72-hour parking rule, which prohibits parking in the same spot for more than three days, at a meeting slated for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 14, 2023, 1:52 PM

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Posted by cpmckell
a resident of Rex Manor
on Feb 14, 2023 at 2:40 pm

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Road repair status for Miramonte and El Camino.

Posted by Jay
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 14, 2023 at 2:55 pm

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It seems like a reasonable update to a very old law but we probably should go further.

Posted by Proud Taxpayer
a resident of Willowgate
on Feb 14, 2023 at 5:34 pm

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Sounds like a good idea to me.

Posted by Luca
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Feb 14, 2023 at 5:41 pm

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With the small houses in MV (small lots, big offsets), I see most of my neighbors using the garage for storage and parking in the driveways or street. And this is not bad; more cars in the street meant much slower local traffic = safer.
With this no return, I cannot imagine what a carousel would happen to all the cars in the neighborhood. And what does it mean, that I cannot have the same friend come over for coffee twice in a row? It seems the city is going insane.

Posted by Johnny Yuma
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Feb 14, 2023 at 6:37 pm

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You would think the city would have better things to do. That apparently isn't so.

Posted by Mark
a resident of Rex Manor
on Feb 14, 2023 at 8:40 pm

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In Red Manor, no one parks in their garages, as the houses and lots are too small. I used to have a truck, in addition my commute car and my wife's car. That means that one car needed to park on the street. I needed to move it all the time, but I did get several warnings and one ticket. It was annoying, but I could deal with it With this new law, I could never park it on the street and would have to sell the truck. Is this the intention of the law?

Also, the officer that I saw writing the ticket told me that I just needed to move the odometer 0.1 miles.

Posted by RMP
a resident of Jackson Park
on Feb 14, 2023 at 11:48 pm

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It sounds like I can't park in front of my home, which seems ridiculous. What do I do with my car when I leave on a vacation? May I park it in the City Hall garage?

Posted by Johnny Yuma
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Feb 15, 2023 at 6:32 am

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Rather than spending time on this nonsense, why doesn’t the city of Mountain View try persuading Caltrans to fix the chuckholes along El Camino Real?

Posted by ivg
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 15, 2023 at 9:05 am

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Sounds like we need to relax zoning to make it easier for people to build sheds instead of using their garages for storage.

Posted by Tal Shaya
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 15, 2023 at 5:39 pm

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Why play games like "you must move your vehicle 1000 feet?" Why not just ban camping on city streets? The RVs are an eyesore and a nuisance.

Posted by Steven Goldstein
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 16, 2023 at 1:37 pm

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There is a significant problem going to arise from this action. This is called chalking vehicles, and yes a recent court ruled that you can chalk her is the information

(Web Link
This decision is important for cities and counties to continue to have a cost-effective method of enforcement of parking time limits. However, the “administrative search” requirement is not a catch-all to allow warrantless searches and any municipality should consider the guideline principles outlined in the decision whenever considering a search. The practice of tire chalking appears safe for now, and until a higher court says otherwise, cities and counties can continue using this method.”

But another circuit ruled differently, which means that this case can be brought to the U.S. Supreme Court the case info is here

(Web Link

that case stated:

“Ludington ruled after two appeals in the case to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Cincinnati. On the first appeal, the 6th Circuit ruled that chalking tires without a warrant is a search that is presumptively unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment. On the second, the appeals court said several exceptions to the warrant requirement do not shield the city.”

This means that there is likely going to be a MAJOR amount of litigation that the City WILL have to pay for, even going to the U.S. Supreme Court, Is this going to be worth the money lost?

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