SACRAMENTO — California cities do not have the authority to prohibit the parking of recreational vehicles on residential streets, according to an opinion issued by Atty. Gen. John K. Van de Kamp's office.
The opinion was sought by Sen. Robert G. Beverly (R-Manhattan Beach) on behalf of the city of Long Beach.
Richard Alesso, a deputy city attorney, said the Long Beach City Council requested the opinion after receiving complaints about large recreational vehicles parked on streets throughout the city.
Alesso said his office has advised the council that state law does not give cities the authority to single out recreational vehicles for parking restrictions.
In his opinion issued last week, Deputy Atty. Gen. Ronald M. Weiskopf agreed with the city attorney's office. Weiskopf said that with the exception of commercial vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds, a "city has no authority to prohibit the parking of particular categories on its residential streets during all or certain hours of the day."