Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Herding Up Pomona's Lil' White Elephants
Today's photo is of a motorhome which is parked on upper Towne Avenue every time I drive by. And I typically drive by several times a day. If you zoom in on the photograph, you'll see that "Our Lil' White Elephant" is handwritten on the tire holder and the personalized license plate reads "Eellee." I have singled out this particular "Sunrader" because it is always careful to park on the Pomona side of the sign, not the Claremont side of the sign. The fact is that there are motorhomes stored all over the streets of Pomona, yet in Claremont they are noticeable absent. I've already told the story of the people who live in surrounding cities, yet store their motor homes on the streets of Pomona. The reason being that legitimate storage is expensive and Pomona appears to give motorhomes a free pass.
Today, I finally sat down to compare the two cities rules on motorhome parking. According to the City of Claremont's website:
"Recreational vehicles such as boats, campers, trailers, and motorhomes must be parked in a garage or interior side or rear yard behind a minimum five-foot high solid fence or wall. Temporary RV parking permits which are good for a maximum of 14 days per calendar year, may be obtained by calling the Community Improvement office at 909/399-5467 or by stopping by the Community Development counter at City Hall. Permits are required for at home RV maintenance and trip preparation/return."
I tried to get similar information off of the City of Pomona's website, but I finally had to resort to getting on the horn. A call to the Pomona City Manager's office, led to a referral to Code Compliance, which led to a referral to the police department's dispatch center. Dispatcher Robin told me that according to Parking Officer Mundy, the rule for motorhome parking in Pomona is simply that motorhomes must be moved every 72 hours and, unlike Claremont, there is no limit to the amount of days per year that they can be left out on Pomona streets.
Given the crime challenges, traffic problems and beautification issues that rampant motor home parking has created, why doesn't Pomona stop getting taken advantage of, and simply limit the amount of days in a year that a particular motor home can park on the streets?
Curious what others think about this issue. It sounds like one of those easy fixes, which could bring visible change. It would likely even bring added revenue to the City at the expense of motorhome owners who continue to use our streets to store their "lil' white elephants."