Parking restrictions aim to address problem area in North Richmond

Parking restrictions proposed to reduce illegal activity in North Richmond
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To combat littering, sideshows and other illicit activities, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted in favor of a plan to restrict vehicles from stopping, standing and parking along stretches of Silver Avenue and North Jade Street near the Las Deltas Housing Project in North Richmond.

The plan imposes the new traffic restrictions along Silver Avenue 312 feet west from Harold Street. The same restrictions will also occur along a 500-foot stretch of North Jade Street north from West Grove Avenue.

The parking restrictions are among a variety of measures being taken to “discourage large and disruptive gatherings that could harm quality of life,” said Robert Rogers, district coordinator for the Office of County Supervisor John Gioia.

The parking ban gives sheriff’s deputies more ability to enforce against illegal activity, officials said.

The area has already seen improved lighting and landscaping to increase visibility. Soon, officials are looking to install speed bumps.

It’s a response to concerns from residents, Rogers said.

“Due to low occupancy rates in the area, illegal street gatherings in the vicinity of these restrictions are common resulting in littering, sideshows, and other illicit activities in and around North Jade Street,” public documents state. “These restriction will help local law enforcement limit these gatherings.”