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News Referendum seeks to uphold City Council’s ban on RVs, ‘oversized vehicles’ on most city streets

Irene Yoshida stands in the median of El Camino Real at a demonstration opposing Measure C in Mountain View on Oct. 9. Photo by Adam Pardee Measure C claims to do one thing but actually does another. Mountain View’s ballot measure says it’s about road safety. It’s not. It’s about getting the city’s vehicle-dwelling homeless out of sight and out of town.

The reason behind this legislative sleight-of-hand is that under state law, the city can’t make homelessness illegal. As City Council candidate John Lashlee said recently, “Passing a law that says you can’t be homeless is not a solution to homelessness.”

Measure C, the result of a citizen referendum campaign to overturn a City Council decision , doesn’t pretend to solve the plight of the homeless in our community. It aims to sweep it out of view by driving inhabited RVs off of most city streets by classifying them as oversized vehicles banned from parking on “narrow” streets.

If you’re wondering what “most streets” means, you’re not alone. Even city officials aren’t certain of exactly which, or how many, Mountain View streets are included in the ban.

If Measure C were about traffic safety, city staff would have surveyed streets, checked sightlines and come up with a rational policy, like how far back from a driveway or an intersection an oversized vehicle needs to be in order for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to get around Mountain […]