Overnight parking has been banned along an approximately 1/2 mile-long section of Marmion Way that loops around the base of Mount Washington after the strip had attracted large numbers of motor homes and homeless encampments. The signs prohibiting parking from 10 pm to 5 AM were installed last week on the east side Marmion that runs along the Gold Line tracks from approximately Museum Way to Shanley Drive near Highland Park. The Department of Transportation installed the signs at the request of Northeast LAPD Division Capt. William Murphy. “It has come to my attention that this street has been inundated with motor homes and has become a nuisance,” Murphy said in a letter to the transportation department. “The motor homes have attracted more nuisance activity, including an increase of homeless encampments, illegal dumping and littering.” While some residents applauded the new restrictions, others were not so happy.
A parking enforcement officer who was ticketing a motor home with expired tags on Marmion on Monday said some residents who live in nearby houses complained that their vehicles had been ticketed after the new no parking signs went up without notice. Also, while overnight parking is now banned on the east side of Marmion, there is no such prohibition on the west side of the street. So, there would not be anything to prevent an RV owner from simply parking across the street. Transportation officials explained that the LAPD requested overnight parking only on one side of the street.
Still, the new restrictions seems to have forced many of the motor homes to find another place to park overnight. “Thank God, because there was a weird little scene developing over there,” said a Mount Washington resident named Julie who welcomes the new overnight parking ban. ” It seemed to be mostly people living out of their cars …. My hope is that they will put parking restrictions on the other side as well.”