california-coastal-commission-logoA residents group in Venice, Calif., on Monday (Aug. 10) sued the California Coastal Commission over its denial of the city of Los Angeles’ request to create permit parking districts in five areas near Venice Beach where residents have complained for years about the presence of recreational vehicles.

The agency’s staff had recommended that the parking zones be approved, but commissioners in June denied the request, saying they were concerned they were being asked to resolve a social issue rather than a beach access issue, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“The coastal commission has a legal mandate to protect coastal waters,” said Mark Ryavec, a longtime coastal activist and an officer of the Venice Stakesholders Association, which filed the suit. “However, despite hearing of repeated instances of the owners of recreational vehicles leaking and/or dumping their sewage directly into yards, streets and storm drains, which drain directly to the ocean, the commission failed to act to protect the coastal water.”

The suit contends that the commission does not have legal authority over the overnight parking districts and that no coastal development permits are required to restrict overnight parking.

The Venice Stakeholders Association said RVs belong in proper campgrounds with sewer connections, not on residential streets.