At its Tuesday night City Council meeting, the council voted to OK a one-hour parking permit zone on Aralia Street, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days, and issue parking permits to residents. The vote came after several residents who live on Aralia, next to Corona del Mar High School, told the council about the "nightmare" student parking has caused in their neighborhood.
"My house is used as a loading zone. [Students] rest on my property everyday, leave trash, break a sprinkler head and this and that," Dale Rincon, who has lived on Aralia since 1983, said. "It's a situation that really shouldn't be allowed to occur.”
"At this point there is zero parking available on our street for our cleaners, babysitters, friends," resident Tara Riley said. "There is no place for them to park and that is not an exaggeration."
Other residents said they have asked students why they insist on parking in front of their homes, and said the students explained it is because it is too hard to get out of the parking lot during lunch.
Councilman Tony Petros said he has met with officials from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District to try and come up with ideas to solve the problem.
"The school district acknowledges there is a problem at the high schools with parking," Petros said. "We all agree this needs to be addressed from both the city and school district sides and it will be more effective with a joint agreement."Mayor Keith Curry was absent from Tuesday's meeting, while Councilwoman Leslie Daigle recused herself from the vote due to having property near Corona del Mar High School.
The ordinance will come back to the City Council on Nov. 12 for a second reading, and the changes will go into effect 30 days later, officials said.
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