Off street RV Parking
After the failure of efforts to endorse RV Parking in Residential Neighborhoods, Council pivoted to exploring the possibility of establishing off-street parking for RV dwellers, on July 23, 2019.
In an August 7, 2019 communication to constituents explaining her decision to put the Marina in the running for the off-street location, CM Kate Harrison wrote that
On July 23rd, at the last City Council meeting of this legislative session, we voted to recommit to finding off-street parking for recreational vehicles (RVs) wherever it can be found in Berkeley. RV parking on neighborhood streets in large numbers is not a tenable solution due to noise and sanitation concerns. At the same time, many of our neighbors in RVs have jobs in Berkeley, attend Berkeley schools, and enrich our community in countless ways. Berkeley is a welcoming sanctuary community, and that includes all those people who have been priced out of the traditional housing market and found an unconventional way to keep a roof over their heads. [emphasis added]
Given my opposition to both the status quo and regular parking in our neighborhoods, the only solution is an off-street RV lot, with sanitation and security services. I want our search for suitable off-street parking to leave no stone unturned. We should look at every option – parking lots owned by the City, the University, churches, corporations, and, yes, even the state.
A Public Records Act request revealed that CM Kate Harrison was unable to substantiate her claim that "many of our neighbors in RVs have jobs in Berkeley, attend Berkeley schools, and enrich our community in countless ways." The response:
We do not have any substantial records to submit; it was meant as more of a general observation and subjective description of humanity.