Finding a good parking spot on the public beaches of Malibu, California is difficult enough, and area residents are making it much harder. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Malibu residents are planting fake 'no parking' signs up and down the Pacific Coast Highway. The many signs sometimes look good enough to fool even law enforcement, but other times the illegal signs are nothing more than a cheap mock-up on a four-foot post.

The problem is that the Pacific Coast Highway features some of the most expensive ocean-front parking anywhere on the planet, and wealthy residents aren't interested in having parked cars ruin their view. Unfortunately for them, there are many public beaches along this stretch, so law enforcement is tasked with finding and removing the illegal signs. Enforcement officer Pat Veesart tells the Times that removing the signs is "like whack-a-mole," with new signs popping up every time one gets taken down.

Veesart and company are working hard to eliminate the illegal signs, but as you can imagine, the no parking issue is low on the agency's list of priorities. Too bad, too, because everyone should have access to the public beaches in the area.

If residents continue to plant these signs, we're thinking that large, gaudy "Parking is Allowed" signs should be placed wherever the illegal signs are taken down. That should deter residents from trying to keep commoners away from public beaches.


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      LifeLongCarGuy
      • 3 Years Ago
      This reminds me of the wind turbine story where the rich people were all for wind energy until they found out that the wind farm was going to be in the ocean. Then they protested against it citing that it would ruin their view. As for the folks in Malibu they should just move to a more secluded beachfront. It's not like they can't.
      clquake
      • 3 Years Ago
      Simple solution, if they don't want anyone else to park in front of their house, park their own car, or buy another one to occupy the spaces in front. That way they can help stimulate the economy by buying more stuff.
      tributetodrive
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe just throw out all the no parking laws all togeather. Think of the money saved by not employing a fleet of meter maids and parking enforcement goons.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Toneron
      • 3 Years Ago
      Renaurd your understanding of the Bible is inaccurate. It's time for you 99ers to stop raping and killing each other and go home and take a shower.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Toneron
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          TMTexas
          • 3 Years Ago
          I'd really enjoy it if the occupy losers would quit claiming to "represent me". I represent myself, at work, with a job. I don't need some hippie bums camping out in a park claiming to speak for me, thanks.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 3 Years Ago
          A majority of OWS is comprised of the working class. I'd enjoy it if people would stop making such uninformed, sweeping generalizations. Not defending OWS here or anything but for crying out loud! "Hippie bums"? Get over yourself. That's the picture the pop media has painted. I went down to Woodruff Park here in ATL when all of this was starting up around these parts and I saw no "hippie bums". Or very few. I saw plenty of actual bums but they've always been there.
          TMTexas
          • 3 Years Ago
          I don't know of many 'working class' folks who can afford to camp out in a park for over a month without losing their jobs . . . I think hippie bums is appropriate.
          TMTexas
          • 3 Years Ago
          ryanandrewmartin - So they camp out in shifts to protest corporations and banks (and whatever else they claim to be protesting) while continuing to go to work for corporations and keeping their money in banks? Sounds real logical. Then again, I don't expect much from people who think it an act of patriotism to defacate on police cars and live in drug infested parks while allowing murder and rape. Working hard would further their cause far better than whining.
          Toneron
          • 3 Years Ago
          My point exactly - 99ers and profanity - hand in hand. I am in the 99% and I work and take showers!
          stickshiftn69
          • 3 Years Ago
          all you rich, uppety, self-important, greedy @$$holes can go **** yourselves
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 3 Years Ago
          Haha. Sticking with your assumptions, sensationalism and unfounded generalizations I see. Trying to converse with you on a serious level any longer would be foolish of me.
          clquake
          • 3 Years Ago
          Toneron is referring to the sexual assualt reporting in the Occupy Philly. Occupy Oakland had a homicide.
      Sorten Borten
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 99%ers should start an Occupy Malibu movement.
        TMTexas
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sorten Borten
        Hahaha, nice. It'd be funny to watch the media trip over themselves to paint the occupy beach bum movement as needy whilst lounging on the beach in 'protest'.
      Toneron
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah rich people should have to pay, under penalty of jail, for free housing for poor people next door.
      TMTexas
      • 3 Years Ago
      As is usually the case, I'd imagine this is but half the story. In some cases, even "legal" parking can impede public safety by creating additional traffic and blocking access to emergency response vehicles. About 7 years ago a church was built across the street from my house with a congregation of about 5,000. What happened every Sunday? My subdivision became a parking lot 2-3 cars deep on each side of the road, parking on lawns and everything. There is no way a fire truck would have been able to get through should the need arise and the city couldn't tow the cars because there was no signage. Took us months of petitioning to finally get signage posted and even then, people would park there without much enforcement. Point is, in some cases these residents may have some legitimate claims for why there should be no street parking. But given that this is beach front property the city/county might not want to do anything about it as it could hurt tourism to the area and building a garage or large lot may not be conducive to the landscape. A tough problem for sure but I'm not jumping on the "blame the rich" band wagon that everyone else seems to.
        flychinook
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TMTexas
        Why couldn't they be towed?? I'm pretty sure triple-parallel-parking is illegal, regardless of weather or not there's no parking signage. There aren't any "no parking" signs on sidewalks or inside Walgreens, but if I park my car there, I wouldn't expect it to be there an hour later.
        donnieorama
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TMTexas
        Such a long-winded post for people breaking the law by posting these signs.
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fake No Parking signs are never okay, but having lived in a beach community, I can understand why you'd want to put them up. The beaches are run by the state or county, and they completely fail to manage the congestion and crowds created by them. They charge for parking in their lot, but there are never enough spaces. It's not like it's just a dozen cars parallel parked on the street by the entrance, either. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of cars that spill out on to the street in all directions, crowding narrow residential streets, causing traffic on major roads, and taking up parking in front of retail areas blocking out paying customers. So in the summer (or really just any nice day in SoCal) you look out on to the street, see the congestion and chaos and think about how if the city/county/state would invest in more parking it would be much less of a hassle for the local residents and how that city/county/state would make more money in the long run form the added parking revenue. Regardless, no one is making you stay. That's how beach cities are. You know it when you move there. It's one of the tradeoffs of living by the beach. Yes, it's frustrating, but you knew what you were getting in to. There is no excuse for being such an self-important, entitled a*****e that you put up fake No Parking signs.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        ryanandrewmartin
        • 3 Years Ago
        This is likely to garner some sort of response...
        GO MUSTANG
        • 3 Years Ago
        I actually agree with TR on this one...maybe the Occupy people should move over to the beach communities as well...see how the rich like that in their backyard...
        stickshiftn69
        • 3 Years Ago
        toyota recall is exactly right all you rich, uppety, self-important, greedy @$$holes can go **** yourselves
      RustyShackelford
      • 3 Years Ago
      I live where we have the opposite problem. I'm right next to a major engineering university, and one that as far as I can tell must not require any reading comprehension skills on the part of its students. They know when they sign the leases that parking is limited, and ought to respect the neighborhood. Likewise, the fake signs are as much an annoyance and overstepping of their community's rights and standard of living. If you buy/rent a home, you know what you're getting into, whether it's limited parking (my street), or beach-goers. Caveat emptor. It also reminds me of the gun club I used to be a part of. After being in the same lakeside rural location for 20+ years, some yahoo moves in and then sues us for being loud. Like he didn't know he was building a house across from a gun club?
        stickshiftn69
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RustyShackelford
        or, why just NOT be parking nazis and let people have a fcuking place to put thier car??? if you are not blocking a driveway or hydrant, there should be NO problem towns with strict parking rules are nazi towns
        Quen47
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RustyShackelford
        Word. I was in a fraternity in college, in a house that we had owned for over 60 years, surrounded by other frat houses. New residents would move in and complain about noise at 11PM on a Saturday night. Ummm... What were you expecting? You could have chosen to live somewhere other than next to greek row.
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Uhhh... No. The beach does NOT come with the house. 8|
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