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          Date of Hearing:   April 5, 2010

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION
                               Bonnie Lowenthal, Chair
            AB 2067 (Bonnie Lowenthal) - As Introduced:  February 18, 2010
           
          SUBJECT  :  Parking: City of Long Beach

           SUMMARY  :  Allows parking on the left side of the road on streets  
          in Long Beach meeting specified criteria.  Specifically,  this  
          bill  :  

          1)Allows the City of Long Beach, by ordinance or resolution, to  
            authorize vehicles to park on the left-hand side of the  
            roadway parallel to and within 18 inches of the left-hand curb  
            on two-way local residential streets that dead-end with no  
            cul-de-sac or other designated area in which to turn around,  
            if the City has first made a finding, supported by a  
            professional engineering study, that the ordinance or  
            resolution is justified by the need to facilitate the safe and  
            orderly movement of vehicles on the roadways affected by the  
            resolution or ordinance.  

          2)Allows such an ordinance or resolution to designate certain  
            streets or portions of streets on which the permission  
            applies.  

          3)Prohibits such an ordinance or resolution from being applied  
            until signs or markings giving adequate notice have been  
            placed near the designated roadways.  

          4)Makes findings and declarations regarding the necessity of  
            enacting a special law due to Long Beach residents needing  
            safer access into and out of uniquely impacted streets.  

           EXISTING LAW  :  

          1)Requires, with specified exceptions, every vehicle that stops  
            or parks on a roadway where there are adjacent curbs to have  
            its right-hand wheels parallel with and within 18 inches of  
            the right-hand curb.  

          2)Requires right-hand parallel parking on two-way roadways with  
            no curbs or barriers, unless otherwise indicated.  









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          3)Allows vehicles on one-way roadways to be stopped or parked  
            with the left-hand wheels parallel to and within 18 inches of  
            the left-hand curb.  

          4)Requires parallel parking on either side of a one-way roadway  
            with no curbs or barriers, unless otherwise indicated.  

          5)Allows a vehicle to be backed onto a highway only when such a  
            movement can be made with reasonable safety.  

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  Unknown.  This bill is keyed non-fiscal.  

           COMMENTS  :  Current statutes require motorists to park their  
          vehicles in the same direction as the flow of traffic (i.e., on  
          the right side of two-way roadways and on either side of one-way  
          roadways).  The premise for this requirement is that it helps to  
          avoid head-on collisions with oncoming traffic that would be  
          risked when entering or exiting parking spaces that face the  
          flow of traffic.  

          According to the author of this bill, "The 'Peninsula' area of  
          Long Beach has a significant number of narrow, parking impacted  
          dead-end streets with little room for vehicle maneuverability.   
          These over-crowded streets with no cul-de-sacs create conditions  
          that expose drivers to inconvenient situations when attempting  
          to get into and out of these streets and increase the risk that  
          vehicles parked or maneuvering through the street will sustain  
          damage in an accident.  A consequence of these conditions has  
          been the practice of residents and visitors to illegally park  
          their vehicles facing the wrong direction on the street.   
          Parking citations are given to vehicles in violation of this  
          code, which has led to frustrated residents who feel the  
          crowded, impacted conditions subject them to greater risk of  
          property damage and more difficulty while navigating their  
          streets."  

          Enactment of this bill, by enabling all vehicles to park toward  
          the dead-end of specified streets where it is impractical to  
          turn around, would essentially require that they back out of the  
          street when exiting.  This, in itself, poses potential safety  
          problems.  The author, however, points out that, "Backing up  
          onto a street is legal.  Peninsula residents have been  
          performing this action for some time without any significant  
          negative safety impacts being observed."  The bill further  
          assures that an engineering analysis will have indicated  








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          left-side parking to be the best traffic solution in any  
          particular setting before it is authorized.  

          Legislative history  :  This bill is a reintroduction of the  
          author's AB 213 from 2009, which the Governor vetoed, saying,  
          "This bill addresses parking concerns affecting a few small  
          streets in one city and can be handled at the local level  
          without a change to state statutes."  Prior to its being vetoed,  
          AB 213 passed this committee, as well as all other legislative  
          votes, unanimously. 

           REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION  :   

           Support 
           
          California Public Parking Association
          City of Long Beach 

           Opposition 
           
          None received
           

          Analysis Prepared by  :  Howard Posner / TRANS. / (916) 319-2093