Navarro et al. v. City of Mountain View
On July 14, 2021, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California, the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, Disability Rights Advocates, King & Spalding LLP, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise filed a class action complaint against the City of Mountain View for enacting two ordinances that, together, severely restricted when and where “oversized vehicles” (OSVs) could park in the City.
The plaintiffs in the case are people who currently reside, seek to reside, or have resided in an OSV in Mountain View between now and December 18, 2020. They have alleged that by passing a “narrow streets ordinance” and a “bike lane ordinance,” the City was seeking to banish low-income residents whose life circumstances required them to live in their vehicles. The lawsuit alleges that the City is violating the rights of class members under the U.S. and California constitutions and statutes protecting persons with disabilities.
The parties reached a Settlement Agreement in the case, preliminarily approved by the U.S. District Court on November 2, 2022. A hearing on the final approval of the settlement is scheduled for February 2023. The Notice of Proposed Settlement can be found here.
Under the Agreement, the City agrees that for four years following the entry of final judgment in the case, the City will ensure that at least three miles of street segments are available for OSV parking. The City is required to develop a map that shows where OSV residents may lawfully park. The Agreement also establishes minimum notice requirements before an OSV can be towed and gives enforcement officers the discretion to provide additional time or notification if the officer determines that there is good cause to do so. The Agreement also establishes a process for requesting reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities and a process for resolving disputes relating to citations.