Hell hath no fury like an RV owner scorned, or something like that.
At least that's what Costa Mesa City Council members found out after
trying to cobble together a new law regulating the parking of
recreational vehicles or motor homes on city streets for lengthy periods
RV owners howled in protest over the possibility of losing what they
claim are their civil liberties -- namely, the ability to park their
monstrous vehicles any darn place they choose.
But the point is, when their freedom to park where they please begins
to offend others or create safety hazards, it's no longer a matter of
their civil liberties but the time to take the gear shift out of park and
To be sure, we have nothing against RVs or their use.
But city streets just aren't made for parking these large vehicles.
And anyone who denies the unsightliness of an RV parked in front of a
home for long periods of time is not being honest.
Several ideas are being pitched that would create a compromise for RV
owners to park for short periods of time to unload their vehicles. We
support those measures wholeheartedly.
In the end, however, city leaders have but one course of action that
we can see.
They need to shrug off the scorn of the RV owners and create a tough
city ordinance to monitor RV parking, including fines or other punishment
for scofflaws, that serves the greater good of Costa Mesa.
To us, it's akin to the strict anti-smoking ordinances California
passed years ago. At that time, smokers cried that their rights to smoke
in public were being violated. They argued that their civil liberties
were being trounced on and that they had every right to puff away and
blow smoke in people's faces, even at the risk of damaging other people's
They warned that cutting off that right would bankrupt restaurants and
other public establishments because of the patronage lost.
Well, the state rightly decided that the greater good was more
important than the smokers' right to blow smoke any darn place they
And, by the way, the commonwealth continues to exist, despite
California's tough anti-smoking laws, and we're all breathing a lot
easier too. It's a much better place.
Does anybody really miss those days of smoky restaurants and malls?
Costa Mesa officials need to take heed.
They need to follow the lead of cities such as Newport Beach and
Fountain Valley and address the residential complaints of safety and
unsightliness surrounding the RV parking issue.
And they should be confident that like the anti-smoking laws, the city
will continue to exist just fine with anti-RV parking laws as well. In
fact, it will be a much better place.