These streets near CSULB now require permit parking (that means no students)

A handful of streets in the Whaley Park neighborhood near Cal State Long Beach have been added to a permit parking district that bars non-residents — and students — from parking on the streets for more than an hour during the weekdays.

The change came at the request of homeowners on Los Santos Drive, just north of Atherton Street, who had seen an influx of vehicles in their neighborhood during the 2016-17 academic year. A traffic study showed that approximately 90 percent of the vehicles parked on the street did not belong to residents.

In response, the City Council recently adopted an ordinance that enabled the immediate creation of the parking district, just in time for the fall semester to start.

Parking problems around Cal State Long Beach are nothing new to surrounding neighborhoods, many of which have established permit parking districts. But for the homeowners around Whaley Park, the situation swelled after university officials implemented a policy that bars freshman students living in campus dorms from obtaining residential parking permits. Students are instead encouraged to use public transit or alternative methods of transportation.

Councilman Daryl Supernaw, who represents the 4th Council District near the university, said neighbors saw the impacts of the policy change almost immediately.

“It took these college students about a day to figure out, ‘If I can’t take my car to the parking lot, I will just take it into the neighborhood,’” he said.

Segments of the following streets have been added to Preferential Parking District U: Los Santos Drive, Chatwin Avenue, Marber Avenue, Garford Street, San Anseline and Lave Avenue.

Parking signs posted in the neighborhoods limit parking to one hour between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that the Daryl Supernaw does not represent the district that includes the university. CSULB falls within the 3rd Council District, represented by Councilwoman Suzie Price.

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