Mountain House restrictions now carry punishment
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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A recreational vehicle on Traditions Street in Wicklund Village on Tuesday, Jan. 7, is parked against a local ordinance.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
A recreational vehicle on Traditions Street in Wicklund Village on Tuesday, Jan. 7, is parked against a local ordinance. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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MOUNTAIN HOUSE — Mountain House residents who illegally park a boat, trailer or recreational vehicle where anyone can see it may be fined by the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department.

The Mountain House Community Services District Board of Directors gave the sheriff’s department the power to enforce community Master Restrictions during their regular meeting Wednesday, Jan. 8.

The board, by a 4-0 vote without discussion, passed an amendment to the parking ordinance that enables San Joaquin County sheriff’s deputies to cite people who violate the rule against trailers, boats and RVs in public view.

In the spring of 2005, the board adopted the MHCSD traffic and parking ordinance, but it did not address regulations for recreational vehicles, boats and trailers. The revision approved Wednesday will align the ordinance with the Master Restrictions, according to Mountain House Development Manager Morgan Groover.

Groover, who oversees code enforcement, said before the vote Wednesday that the Master Restrictions existed without a punishment tool. He said community code enforcement officer Cedrick Hathon will now be able to identify the owners of the vehicles and coordinate citations.

“We don’t have access to the DMV information for boats and trailers,” Groover said. “The only one who has that power is the sheriff. The deputy can look up that information and tell Cedrick (who the owner is).”

“This gives us the ability to deal with this cleanly and deal with the specific person that is in violation, rather than try and guess (ownership),” he added. “This takes the Master Restriction requirements and codifies it as an ordinance.”

In each case, a resident is given three chances to obey the ordinance. After the third warning, a fine of $100 to $200 can be issued each day until the problem is resolved.

After the meeting, board President Steven Gutierrez said the revision was reasonable and addressed residents’ concerns.

“This gives them the powers to enforce the ordinance,” he said. “It’s a no-brainer to give them the tools to do their job.”

 Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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Wobbley
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January 15, 2014
What a WASTE of manpower. Getting them involved in Home Owner Association tifs?

What happened to 'this is a civil matter'?

...and Why does it take the whole police department to raid Justin Beibers house? My car got egged and the police didn't even take a report on it. But Justin Beiber? You get the whole enchilada.
Macpup
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January 11, 2014
Whenever someone states "most people don't like" they are just stating their opinion. I doubt they took a poll of "most people". Anyway, I would not appreciate a neighbor parking an RV in front of my home, but parking it on his property is a whole different matter. The part about his property gives him the right..I may not agree with what my neighbor's do with their property, but I 100% support their right to do so. When you give government (be it city, state or federal), an inch of control - they will take more because it is for our own good.
victor_jm
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January 16, 2014
Macpuppy, you say:

"I may not agree with what my neighbor's do with their property, but I 100% support their right to do so."

Actually, in every instance, you don't agree with your proclamation. With little effort, I can think of a dozen things your neighbors could do which you would oppose. I think you are simply saying, in this instance, you are unbothered by your neighbor's action.

If you want to live on an island with a pack of dogs and pretend your notion of what is "right" is determined by non-humans, you may be the master of your canine destiny. However, on this island, you would probably mistake yourself for a dog.

RJester
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January 10, 2014
Know your rights. The Good Sam Club had a manual for RV Parking Rights a few years ago. I could not find it online but it they used to mail you a physical copy. Anyhow, California State Law trumps local yocal law. The argument, at the time & if you want to pursue it in court, is that unless the city posts signs on the street limiting parking, than you can park your RV on the street for less than 72 hours. Talk to an attorney and/or contact Good Sam for more help:

http://www.goodsamclub.com/parkingrights/

SIGmundFried
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February 04, 2014
Local Yokel.
mthouseman
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January 10, 2014
why stop at boats and RV's...the master restrictions talk about the garage cannot be used for storage or anything that would prohibit it's use from storing at least 2 vehicles. (Or one if they have a single garage)The occupant's SHALL utilize the garage to park their vehicles overnight...to the capacity of the garage.

enforce all of the restrictions or none of them.

and Sneaky, it's not just a HOA, these are the Master restrictions for the entire subdivision.

fortheunderdog
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January 10, 2014
mthouseman,

Are you saying that the ordinances state that resident vehicles cannot be parked on the driveway overnight?
mthouseman
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January 10, 2014
not if they have only 2 cars, and have a 2 car garage.

Here is a link to the MR's...

some "interesting" reading to say the least

mthouseman
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January 10, 2014
http://www.mountainhousecsd.org/master-restrictions/master-restrictions
IMHO
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January 10, 2014
I think they are looking to enforce the more important restrictions. Others are more like guidelines. Keep in mind, these were all created in a vacuum before the town was built. They can be changed or ignored at the will of the people. And you also have to factor in enforceability. Much easier to enforce the RV parking vs. if someone is parking in their garage or not. One step at a time. If enough people are upset about the other violations, I'm sure you'll see stricter enforcement. For now, I think this is the one that everyone is upset about and for good reason.
fortheunderdog
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January 10, 2014
I'm agreeing with IMHO re: restrictions of parking RV's, boats, and trailers on the street or on the driveway. I think most homeowners, whether at Mt House, Tracy, Livermore, etc, would rather not see these parked in residential neighborhoods especially if that vehicle/boat/trailer was parked ifo their house or nextdoor. If you're selling your home, an eyesore like that will take away some value of the home. If residents can afford to purchase an RV or boat, they can afford to store it accordingly.
fortheunderdog
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January 10, 2014
HOA's have regulations for a reason. It seems this ordinance is in place to keep eyesores from popping up in the development. Some cities have a muni-code ordinance that forbids the parking of recreational vehicles in the street or on the drive-way.

I, for one, am in favor of this although I do not live in Mt House. I would not like to live nextdoor to a house where the residents park a large RV ifo their home, in their drive-way, or ifo my house for extended periods of time. If the vehicle is parked there to be prepared for a trip or for cleaning after a trip I have no problem with that.

I live in Tracy but I don't know if there is a muni-code forbidding this type of parking. If there is, I sure wish Tracy would enforce it by issuing warnings or citations.
Sneaky
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January 10, 2014
"Insane" is the only way to describe this.

"...illegally park a boat, trailer or recreational vehicle where anyone can see it..."

In my mind I can see the incredible harm this policy is trying to prevent: "OMG, I see an RV. My eyeballs are on fire!!! Ow, OW, OWWWW, it hurts so bad. Now I am blind!!! Darn you people who enjoy recreation!"

This sort of idiotic, purposeless policy is why I will never live an and HOA hell hole. They are all run by nosy, socialist, power mad peons.

IMHO
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January 10, 2014
Why is this insane? It turns out that most people don't appreciate someone parking their huge boat or RV in front of their house all day long. Lots of times they even park it in front of your house. Would you like that? I wouldn't. Which is why I and many others chose to live here. We all were made aware of the master restrictions and chose to live here because we agree with them. Sorry, but I don't want to see your crappy RV all day. Go park it somewhere else. This also includes crappy old cars that people leave in front of homes. This has nothing to do with an HOA or socialism. How silly. That's like saying the sign restrictions in Tracy are socialist. Tracy businesses should have the right to build a 100 foot by 200 foot sign as long as it's on their property right? That's the American way right? Ridiculous.

There is nothing idiotic or un-American about this. It is a simple rule everyone in a community agreed to so that we can ensure it stays clean and beautiful. If you like your neighbors boats and RVs on your street, then continue to live there. No one is telling them to move them. Enjoy.
Sneaky
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January 17, 2014
IMHO,

While I wouldn't care for someone parking an RV in front of my home I certainly don't see it as something worth addressing with inane rules. The rules do more harm than good. Not to mention that non-government entities should not be permitted to fine anyone. I, and I think most Americans, would rather live in a neighborhood where they can go about well....actually living, as opposed to one where every other normal human activity is illegal and can result in a fine. I would like to be able to paint my home yellow if it suits my taste, rather than one of three pre-selected shades of beige. I would also hope my neighbors would use good judgment, which they have much more of than any regulator or law maker, and not park their RV in front of my house but ultimately I don't own the street. It is for public parking.

It is an entirely different issue since it involves private property, rather than the street but yes, Tracy businesses should have the right to put any size sign they want if it is on their own property and is reasonably well constructed (don't want it falling on the neighbors). A falling sign would be an actual hazard. An ugly RV, not so much.


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