Calexico City Council Approved Ordinance to Remove Vehicles

By Mario Conde

The Calexico City Council approved an ordinance relating to the authority to remove vehicles for sale in certain areas within the public right-of-way.

In a report given by Police Chief Jim Neujahr and City Attorney Jenifer Lyon it was stated that for several years, residents have expressed concern about the streets in their neighborhoods being used as used car sales lots by people seeking to sell their vehicles park on streets posting “For Sale” signs or placards in or on their vehicles.

The vehicles cause congestion and create a hazard as motorist slow or stop to look and pedestrian congregate. Neujarh said that this activity interferes with the peace and quiet of neighborhoods and the vehicles take up needed parking spaces for 72 hours at time.

Councilman Willy Hermosillo requested that Calexico Municipal Code prohibiting parking on the public rights-of-way, be amended to strengthen the prohibition relating to vehicles with for sale signs parked in the public right-of-way and to comport with the current state of case law.

By approving this amended ordinance, the Council finds that the display of vehicles for sale on its streets creates distraction for drivers and pedestrians, thereby creating hazard; creates nuisance for the community; and decreases the parking available for business and residents. The Council also finds that numerous methods are available and necessary to alleviate this problem in the method most appropriate.

This ordinance authorizes and empower an authorize peace officer or other regularly employed and salaried employee of the City of Calexico who is engaged in directing traffic or enforcing parking laws and regulations to take actions when cars are found in public streets.

The council voted unanimously 5-0 to approve this item and it will take effect in 30 days.

In other news, the council approved to eliminate the Calexico Mega Park project at their regular meeting. With this action, the Council puts an end to a failed project that involved the Hospital Board giving the developers $500,000 for a property in order to create a medical center. The project failed because of the current financial situation and a lawsuit made against them from the Citizens for Integrity and Honesty by Calexican officials.