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CITY Of <br />FZIVEIZSIDE <br />City o Arts Unnovatlon City Council Memorandum <br />TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL DATE: March 27, 2012 <br />FROM: CHRIS MAC ARTHUR ITEM NO: 20 <br />COUNCILMEMBER, WARD 5 <br />WARDS: ALL <br />SUBJECT: PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE RIVERSIDE MUNICIPAL CODE <br />RELATING TO THE PARKING OF RECREATIONAL VEHICLES IN CITY <br />PARKS - ORDINANCE <br />ISSUE: <br />The issue submitted for consideration by the City Council is whether to amend the Riverside <br />Municipal Code by adding Section 9.08.165 for the purpose of regulating the parking of recreational <br />vehicles within a park or recreation area owned or controlled by the City. <br />COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION <br />That the City Council introduce and adopt the attached ordinance amending Chapter 9.08 of the <br />Riverside Municipal Code. <br />BACKGROUND <br />Recently, there has been an increase in the use of recreational vehicles for dwelling purposes on <br />public and private property, including parks and recreation areas owned or controlled by the City in <br />violation of Section 10.44 .175 of the Riverside Municipal Code. The presence of these vehicles <br />has also increased the nuisance and criminal activity present in City parks. In certain instances, the <br />parking of recreational vehicles in the City parks has not served to facilitate the use of public parks <br />in conformance with Chapter 9.08 of the Riverside Municipal Code. <br />Recently, during extra patrols at one of the City's parks as part of the City's Safe Parks Program, <br />officers contacted a male suspect trying to exit a motorhome via the driver's side door. Upon <br />making contact with him they immediately noticed symptoms of an individual under the influence of <br />narcotics. The officers were able to determine that the suspect was under the influence of <br />methamphetamine and a subsequent search of the motorhome incident to arrest yielded drug <br />paraphernalia and a white crystal -like substance which tested positive for methamphetamine. The <br />suspect was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and <br />for being under the influence of methamphetamine. Several days later, officers observed the same <br />20 -1 <br />