CA: Homeless advocates challenge city seizure of RVs

SAN FRANCISCO — Advocates for the homeless filed a lawsuit against the City of San Francisco and other agencies Wednesday for towing, impounding and selling RVs and other oversized-vehicles without a warrant, alleging that it violates the rights of an already at-risk population, the San Francisco Examiner reported.

Under current policy, vehicle owners who have received five or more unpaid parking violations in a given time frame are subject to towing.

The lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court Wednesday alleges that owners are often not provided with proper notice or an opportunity to dispute the seizure, even if their vehicles are legally parked, “not involved in any crime or traffic urgency” and provide their only means of shelter.

The full story is available at the San Francisco Examiner.

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at editor@rvdailyreport.com.

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  • Eric Funcke says:

    I have sympathy for the homeless and for the outrageously high costs of housing and other costs in the Bay area–but don’t multiple outstanding parking tickets constitute notice? Especially if the tickets mention the possibility of seizure (and I don’t know whether they do or not). It seems that the argument of the story is that people should be able to break small laws (such as parking violations) and that they should be able to ignore lawfully imposed fines (such as parking tickets) with complete impunity if they feel they need to.

    This argument/precedent taken to further and further extremes would lead to anarchy, a breakdown of personal rights, and social decay.

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