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Odessa Parking Ordinance Receiving Mixed Reactions


by Anum Valliani
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - They're everywhere. And Odessa Resident Patricia Urrutia said they look ugly. She's talking about the soon-to-be illegally parked cars. They're the ones sitting on top of lawns and other unpaved area. The Odessa City Council recently passed a parking ordinance that makes it illegal to park on an unpaved area and there are mixed opinions about it.

Manuel Carrasco, who also lives in Odessa said, "I mean it's your right, it's your land. Nobody can tell you what to do with your land."

Odessa Councilwoman, Sandra Carrasco, agrees with the idea of personal property rights but she said there must be a compromise on what's best for the city.

"Why can't we have a zoo? Why can't we have a water park? Why can't we have anything for the kids? When you're city is trashy- and I love my city, I do- but when you see trash and debris, you park on your lawns, you let your vegetation grow, it becomes more of an eyesore and people do not want to come to a town that is not clean." she said.

There are likely multiple reasons people prefer to park on their yards- having too many vehicles and not enough paved space, hiding automobiles with expired stickers and even feeling the need to park cars as close as possible.

"With the thieves and stuff, I mean you want to be looking at your car these days you know," Manuel Carrasco said.

Plus, many homes just don't have paved driveways or garages. And residents are unsure about who's responsible for putting them in.

"If they don't have the money to make it, to build the cement and all that, well how are they gonna do it? I mean some people barely get by just by parking their car in front." Manuel Carrasco said.

Urrutia suggests the city should develop more parking spots or at least ensure that new apartment and housing complexes should have enough "acceptable" areas.

The ordinance will go into effect beginning January first of 2014. Fines could cost up to $2,00 . But many would-be offenders, seem skeptical of how the city plans to enforce the law.

According to Manuel Carrasco, "a lot of people are gonna be going to jail because they ain't gonna have the money."