Chapter 10.40
STOPPING, STANDING AND PARKING—FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES

Sections:

10.40.010    Application of regulations.

10.40.020    Stopping or standing in parkways prohibited.

10.40.030    Maintenance of no stopping zones and no parking areas.

10.40.040    No parking areas.

10.40.050    Use of streets for vehicle storage.

10.40.060    Parking for sale purposes.

10.40.070    Repairing or greasing vehicles on streets.

10.40.080    Washing or polishing vehicles.

10.40.090    Parking adjacent to schools.

10.40.100    Parking prohibited on narrow streets.

10.40.110    Parking on grades.

10.40.120    Unlawful parking—Peddlers or vendors.

10.40.130    Emergency parking signs.

10.40.140    Display of warning devices on commercial vehicles.

10.40.150    Parking or camping prohibited.

10.40.160    Private parking lots—Unauthorized parking unlawful.

10.40.170    Private parking lots—Placement of signs by owners.

10.40.180    Designation of handicapped parking spaces.

10.40.010 Application of regulations.

A.    The provisions of this title prohibiting the stopping, standing or parking of a vehicle shall apply at all times or at those times herein specified, except when it is necessary to stop a vehicle to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a public safety officer or official traffic-control device.

B.    The provisions of this title imposing a time limit on standing or parking shall not relieve any person from the duty to observe other and more restrictive provisions of the vehicle code or the ordinances of this city prohibiting or limiting the standing or parking of vehicles in specified places or at specified times. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.40.010, 1979)

10.40.020 Stopping or standing in parkways prohibited.

No person shall stop, stand or park within any parkway. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.40.020, 1979)

10.40.030 Maintenance of no stopping zones and no parking areas.

The city traffic engineer is authorized to maintain, by appropriate signs or by paint upon the curb surface, all no stopping zones, no parking areas, and restricted parking areas, as defined and described in this title. When said curb markings or signs are in place no operator of any vehicle shall stop, stand or park such vehicle adjacent to any such legible curb marking or sign in violation of any of the provisions of this title. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.40.030, 1979)

10.40.040 No parking areas.

No operator of any vehicle shall stop, stand, park, or leave standing such vehicle in any of the following places, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the direction of a public safety officer or other authorized officer, or traffic sign or signal:

A.    Within any divisional island unless authorized and clearly indicated with appropriate signs or markings;

B.    On either side of any street between the projected property lines of any public walk, public steps, street, or thoroughfare terminating at such street, when such area is indicated by appropriate signs or by red paint upon the curb surface;

C.    In any area where the city traffic engineer determines that the parking or stopping of a vehicle would constitute a traffic hazard or would endanger life or property, when such area is indicated by appropriate signs or by red paint upon the curb surface;

D.    In any area established by resolution or ordinance of the council as a no-parking area, when such area is indicated by appropriate signs or by red paint upon the curb surface;

E.    Upon, along or across any railway track in such manner as to hinder, delay, or obstruct the movement of any car traveling upon such track;

F.    In any area where the parking or stopping of any vehicle would constitute a traffic hazard or would endanger life or property;

G.    On any street or highway where the use of such street or highway or a portion thereof is necessary for the cleaning, repair or construction of the street or highway or the installation of underground utilities, or where the use of the street or highway or any portion thereof is authorized for a purpose other than the normal flow of traffic or where the use of the street or highway or any portion thereof is necessary for the movement of equipment, articles or structures of unusual size, and the parking of such vehicle would prohibit or interfere with such use or movement; provided, that signs giving notice of such no parking are erected or placed at least twenty-four hours prior to the effective time of such no parking;

H.    At any place within twenty feet of a point on the curb immediately opposite the midblock end of a safety zone, when such place is indicated by appropriate signs or by red paint upon the curb surface;

I.    At any place within twenty feet of a crosswalk at an intersection in any business district when such place is indicated by appropriate signs or by red paint upon the curb surface except that a bus may stop at a designated bus stop;

J.    Within twenty feet of the approach to any traffic signal, boulevard stop sign, or official electric flashing device. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.40.040, 1979)

10.40.050 Use of streets for vehicle storage.

No person who owns or has possession, custody or control of any vehicle shall park such vehicle upon any street or alley for more than a consecutive period of seventy-two hours. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.40.050, 1979)

10.40.060 Parking for sale purposes.

No operator of any vehicle shall park said vehicle upon any street in this city for the principal purpose of advertising or displaying it for sale, unless authorized by resolution of the city council. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.40.060, 1979)

10.40.070 Repairing or greasing vehicles on public streets.

No person shall construct or cause to be constructed, repair or cause to be repaired, grease or cause to be greased, dismantle or cause to be dismantled any vehicle or any part thereof upon any public street in this city. Temporary emergency repairs may be made upon a public street. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.40.070, 1979)

10.40.080 Washing or polishing vehicles.

No person shall wash or cause to be washed or polish or cause to be polished any vehicle or any part thereof upon any public street in this city, when a charge is made for such service. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.40.080, 1979)

10.40.090 Parking adjacent to schools.

A.    The city traffic engineer is authorized to erect signs indicating no parking upon that side of any street adjacent to any school property when such parking would, in his opinion, interfere with traffic or create a hazardous situation.

B.    When official signs are erected prohibiting parking upon that side of a street adjacent to any school property, no person shall park a vehicle in any such designated place. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.40.090, 1979)

10.40.100 Parking prohibited on narrow streets.

A.    The city traffic engineer is authorized to place signs or markings indicating no parking upon any street when the width of the roadway does not exceed twenty feet, or upon one side of a street as indicated by such signs or markings when the width of the roadway does not exceed thirty feet.

B.    When official signs or markings prohibiting parking are erected upon narrow streets as authorized herein, no person shall park a vehicle upon any such street in violation of any such sign or marking. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.40.100, 1979)

10.40.110 Parking on grades.

No person shall park or leave standing any vehicle unattended on a highway when upon any grade exceeding three percent (within any business or residence district) without blocking the wheels of said vehicle by turning them against the curb or by other means. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.40.110, 1979)

10.40.120 Unlawful parking—Peddlers or vendors.

A.    Except as otherwise provided in this section no person shall stand or park any vehicle, wagon or pushcart from which goods, wares, merchandise, fruits, vegetables or foodstuffs are sold, displayed, solicited or offered for sale or bartered or exchanged, or any lunchwagon or eating car or vehicle, on any portion of any street within this city except that such vehicles, wagons or pushcarts may stand or park only at the request of a bona fide purchaser for a period of time not to exceed ten minutes at any one place. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to persons delivering such articles upon order of, or by agreement with a customer from a store or other fixed place of business or distribution.

B.    No person shall park or stand on any street any lunchwagon, eating cart or vehicle, or pushcart from which tamales, peanuts, popcorn, candy, ice cream or other articles of food are sold or offered for sale without first obtaining a written permit to do so from the city traffic engineer which shall designate the specific location in which such cart shall stand.

C.    No person shall park or stand any vehicle or wagon used or intended to be used in the transportation of property for hire on any street while awaiting patronage for such vehicle or wagon without first obtaining a written permit to do so from the city traffic engineer which shall designate the specific location where such vehicle may stand.

D.    Whenever any permit is granted under the provisions of this section and a particular location to park or stand is specified therein, no person shall park or stand any vehicle, wagon, or pushcart on any location other than as designated in such permit. In the event that the holder of any such permit is convicted in any court of competent jurisdiction for violating any of the provisions of this section, such permit shall be forthwith revoked by the city traffic engineer upon the filing of the record of such conviction with such officer, and no permit shall thereafter be issued to such person until six months have elapsed from the date of such revocation. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.40.120, 1979)

10.40.130 Emergency parking signs.

A.    Whenever the city traffic engineer determines that an emergency traffic congestion is likely to result from the holding of public or private assemblages, gatherings, or functions, or for other reasons, the city traffic engineer shall have power and authority to order temporary signs to be erected or posted indicating that the operation, parking or standing of vehicles is prohibited on such streets and alleys as the city traffic engineer shall direct during the time such temporary signs are in place. Such signs shall remain in place only during the existence of such emergency and the city traffic engineer shall cause such signs to be removed promptly thereafter.

B.    When signs authorized by the provisions of this section are in place giving notice thereof, no person shall operate, park or stand any vehicle contrary to the directions and provisions of such signs. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.40.130, 1979)

10.40.140 Display of warning devices on commercial vehicles.

Every motor truck having an unladen weight of four thousand pounds or more, and every truck tractor, irrespective of weight, when operated upon any street or highway during darkness shall be equipped with and carry at least two flares or two red lanterns or two warning lights or reflectors, which reflectors shall be of a type approved by the Department of California Highway Patrol. When any vehicle above mentioned or any trailer or semitrailer is disabled upon streets or highways outside of any business or residence district within this city and upon which street or highway there is insufficient street lighting to reveal a vehicle at a distance of two hundred feet during darkness, a warning signal of the character indicated above shall be immediately placed at a distance of approximately one hundred feet in advance of, and one hundred feet to the rear of, such disabled vehicle by the driver thereof. The continuous flashing of at least four approved Class A, Type I turn signal lamps, at least two toward the front and at least two toward the rear of the vehicle, shall be considered to meet the requirements of this section until the devices mentioned above can be placed in the required locations. The warning signals herein mentioned shall be displayed continuously during darkness while such vehicle remains disabled upon such street or highway. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.40.140, 1979)

10.40.150 Parking or camping prohibited.

No person shall stop, stand, park or leave stored any vehicle or camp in any vehicle of any type between the hours of one a.m. and six a.m. of any day of the week in areas designated by resolution of the city council and appropriate signs are emplaced by the city traffic engineer. (Ord. 91-8 § 1, 1991)

10.40.160 Private parking lots—Unauthorized parking unlawful.

Whenever a private parking lot is posted and signed in accordance with Section 10.40.170, it is unlawful for any person to stop, stand or park any motor vehicle in such parking lot without permission or authorization from the owner of such lot. For the purposes of this section, the term “owner” includes tenant, lessee, agent or other person having lawful control or possession of the premises. (Ord. 93-13 § 1 (part), 1993)

10.40.170 Private parking lots—Placement of signs by owners.

An owner of a premises on which motor vehicles may be parked may avail himself of the provisions of Section 10.40.160 by placing signs on such property, giving notice that only certain persons or class of persons may park on such property. Such signs shall be not less than seventeen by twenty-two inches in size, with lettering not less than one inch in height and clearly state the parking restrictions of said premises. Such signs shall also clearly state that violators may be subject to the provisions of Section 10.40.160. (Ord. 93-13 § 1 (part), 1993)

10.40.180 Designation of handicapped parking spaces.

No person shall establish or otherwise designate a parking space on a city street for the exclusive use of vehicles displaying a handicap license plate or placard (“handicapped parking space”) except upon approval by the traffic committee pursuant to the following guidelines:

A.    The applicant has submitted a written request for a handicapped parking space in front of or near the applicant’s primary residence accompanied by payment of annual permit fee to be determined pursuant to Chapter 3.24. B. The applicant must submit proof that the Department of Motor Vehicles has issued a disabled person placard or license plate pursuant to Vehicle Code Section 22511.5.

C.    There is no parking available, such as in the applicant’s driveway or garage, from which to gain access or egress from a vehicle equipped for the handicapped or there are other circumstances that warrant issuance of such a permit.

D.    At least one member of the traffic committee has inspected the proposed site in order to make a recommendation for the approval or denial of the request.

E.    Payment of a fee to be determined pursuant to Chapter 3.24 for painting the curb and street to designate the handicapped parking space. (Ord. 96-5 § 1, 1996; Ord. 96-2 § 1, 1996)