Truckers encouraged to attend ‘opposition meeting’ on truck parking

| 10/8/2009

For nearly a year now, OOIDA members and truckers in Littlerock, CA, have been fighting to continue parking their rigs on their own property.

While many of the truckers have been working with code enforcement officials in Los Angeles County to devise a workable solution on the truck parking issue, some residents oppose any efforts to allow truck parking at all in their community.

In fact, attached to the Littlerock Town Council signs erected throughout the community, another sign was recently posted there. The notice is about a “special meeting” some current and former town council members are hosting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, at Cornerstone Church. The meeting invites only those “that oppose commercial truck parking.”

OOIDA member Tom Fidger, of Littlerock, sits on the town council and has been cited by the county for parking his rig on his property, even though the code is silent on the truck parking issue. He said the decision to host this “special public meeting” was not brought before the council for a vote. 

Patrick Hough, council president, was unavailable for comment about Friday’s special meeting.

Fidger said he is encouraging all truckers who live in LA County to attend this public meeting to hear truckers’ perspectives on this issue.

“All we want to do is make a living and provide for our families,” he said. “I don’t understand why some don’t want us here. Is it because we drive trucks for a living? We are taxpayers and many of us have lived here for a long time. As truckers, though, we have to fight to protect our livelihoods.

Bill Guild is part of a special committee developed by the town council a few months ago to review the community’s Community Standards Development regulations regarding truck parking. He said he’s worried that this special opposition meeting will circumvent the CSD committee’s efforts to develop “guidelines that the entire community can live with.”

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer