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Parking Limits OK'd on Alondra

January 16, 2008

SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA - Vehicles weighing more than 6,000 pounds will no longer be able to park on a portion of the northern side of Alondra Boulevard, officials said, reported in the Whittier Daily News.

The City Council approved a resolution, which will take effect by the end of this month, that restricts parking on about 200 feet of Alondra Boulevard west of Carmenita Road. Only "No Parking" signs will be placed at 13321 Alondra Blvd. to alert mainly big rig drivers, said Don Jensen, director of public works.

"As soon as the signs are up, vehicles will be cited," he said.

The parking ticket is $47, said police services officials. Violators' vehicles will be towed at their own expense. City Manager Fred Latham said the tow-away provision and fee will deter the disregard for the parking restriction.

The move was prompted by area businesses experiencing problems for their employees, visitors and delivery trucks trying to enter or exit those businesses. City staff reviewed the existing conditions, said Tom Lopez, assistant director of public works, and recommended the parking restriction.

Alondra Boulevard is identified as a major arterial street, with a curb-to-curb width of 84 feet.

The Public Works Department received a request from business owner Glen Wilson asking for the city to approve limited parking.

"I am concerned that the continuous truck parking for storage and general parking adjacent to our driveways is causing a nuisance," he wrote in a letter to the department. "Visibility is limited and causing difficulty for my tenants." Wilson's property is a multi-tenant industrial park with 17 units. The area is zoned for heavy manufacturing on the north side of Alondra Boulevard.

Lopez said public works receives these types of parking restriction requests from local businesses, especially adjacent to their driveways.

"Typically, it is an issue of restricted sight distance caused by the parking of semi-trucks with trailers or even pickup trucks or minivans," he said.

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