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Complaints Spur Mountain View to Consider Parking Zones for Recreational Vehicles

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    Mountain View Mayor John Mcalister said the city council will consider working with churches to offer short-term safe parking zones in response to complaints over groups of recreational vehicles camping along city streets. Michelle Roberts reports. (Published Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015)

    Mountain View Mayor John McAlister said the city council will consider working with churches to offer short-term safe parking zones in response to complaints over groups of recreational vehicles camping along city streets.

    "We're trying to find them a location that will accommodate everybody," McAlister said. "Make sure they have a secure location."

    City law requires RVs to be moved every 72 hours, which is something Blanca Torres has followed.

    Torres, who calls Mountain View home, lost her job as a chef in August at the time her landlord raised her $2,500 a month rent.

    Torres was unable to afford the increased rent. The mother of two then scrapped up enough money to buy an RV. Torres' is one of several RVs camped along Cristano Street, near Rengstorff Park.

    Elisabeth Toste, who manages a high-end apartment complex nearby, is hoping the city will find a safe parking location for families like Torres and her sons.

    "Some of my residents have seen people urinating against the fence line," Toste said. 

    Toste said her tenants, who pay up to $3,000 a month, are not happy with the growing trash problem and safety concerns.

    "Our goal is to provide our residents a nice place to live," Toste said. "This is making it difficult."

    Torres said until she finds a place to call home and a job to pay for it, she will resort to moving her RV every 72 hours.

    Police have towed 20 RVs so far this year, compared to five in the same time period in 2013.

    The city council will discuss the safe parking plan in December.

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