BOYLE HEIGHTS — There are no pushy sales persons or colorful plastic flags flapping overhead. But the streets surrounding Evergreen Cemetery have turned into an unofficial used car lot, with numerous cars, trucks and vans with “FOR SALE” signs frequently parked outside the historic burial ground. Now, following complaints by local residents, the city is moving to bring this used car bazaar to an end.
Councilman Jose Huizar has introduced a motion before the City Council asking for an ordinance banning the parking of cars with “For Sale” signs on the streets surrounding the cemetery to deal with the situation. The streets are Cesar Chavez, Evergreen, First and Lorena. On a recent weekday, about a dozen vehicles, ranging from battered pick up trucks and aging minivans to shiny sedans and sports coups – lined Lorena Street on the eastern side of the cemetery, with red-and-white “FOR SALE” signs taped to the windows.
Huizar’s motion explains why the used cars need to go:
This situation is monopolizing on-street parking and creating visual blight in the Boyle Heights community surrounding the much used jogging and walking path around Evergreen Cemetery.”
The motion would impose restrictions that have been applied to other city streets that had been taken over by used car sales. A draft of the ordinance created by City Attorney provides details of the restrictions:
It shall be unlawful for any person to park any vehicle on the streets or public lands in the City of Los Angeles listed in Subdivision (a) of this section for the purpose of advertising to the public the private sale of that vehicle. For purposes of this ordinance, a “for sale” sign shall mean a visible sign or placard placed on either the exterior or interior of the vehicle for the primary purpose of advertising the vehicle for sale, which contains, but is not limited to, any of the following in English or any other language: a telephone number or other contact information; the words “for sale,” or”best offer,” or “obo,” or a dollar amount or other currency amount.
The motion was approved by the City Council’s Transportation Committee last week but still needs to be approved by the full City Council.