The first of many signs banning vehicles for sale along a busy street recently went up, addressing a neighborhood nuisance long ago dubbed the Rancho Bernardo “Mile of Cars.”

Starting September 5, those who leave parked cars with “for sale” signs along portions of Rancho Bernardo Road can be fined as much as $100 a day. The car can be impounded if it's found to be in violation again within 30 days.

“The road has essentially become a used-car lot,” said Erica Mendelson, a spokeswoman for San Diego city councilman Carl DeMaio, whose District 5 includes Rancho Bernardo. “[The new ban] is going to improve blight.”

Over 20 cars are parked daily over a half-mile stretch, especially on weekends. They take up parking spaces for residents and attract window shoppers, added Mendelson. The ban took over six years to implement and was initiated by residents who worked through the RB Community Council, RB Planning Board, and previous District 5 councilman Brian Maienschein.

Years ago, San Diego police would ticket cars for sale on public streets, but this was deemed unconstitutional, said SDPD captain Mary Cornicelli of the police department’s traffic division. RB was the first community to install the signage under a new citywide ordinance to ban vehicles for sale on 23 public streets throughout San Diego. The law, passed by the city council in June, took effect July 25; a grace period to place signs and educate the public has been in effect since.

The cost of the project, which includes updating the city’s traffic-ticket system, will cost $59,200 for 347 signs to be installed around San Diego. The city council okayed a previous version of the ordinance, which was missing penalty language, in December 2008.

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PistolPete Aug. 29, 2009 @ 12:37 p.m.

Now the city needs to get rid of the semis parked on Stoney Peak Drive between World Trade Drive and the entrance to the shopping plaza just before Carmel Mountain Road in Carmel Mountain Ranch. There is going to be a serious accident here someday. When trying to turn left onto Stoney Peak going towards World Trade,the semis block the view from traffic headed towards Carmel Mountain Road coming down the hill.

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joemamma42 Aug. 29, 2009 @ 12:42 p.m.

So...does this mean if I have a for sale sign on my car I can't park in RB? How can they tell the difference between cars that are parked for sale and cars that are there for everyday reasons?

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PistolPete Aug. 29, 2009 @ 12:47 p.m.

They can't. I believe(don't quote me on this)if your car is parked on a street without a new sign,then it's OK. That particular stretch of road is notorius for used cars. If it's in your driveway,you're cool. They can't touch private cars on private property. Then again,this is Sandy Eggo. They can do what they want and if you complain,they'll cite you for wasting their time.

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whyigotahaveid Aug. 30, 2009 @ 1:41 p.m.

i believe this was done because most of the vehicles are sold by DEALERS. who dont want to pay overhead . like legitiment business .

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peijeantsai Aug. 30, 2009 @ 2:50 p.m.

PistolPete, since it's become a problem area, Stoney Peak Drive in Carmel Mountain is actually on the list of 23 streets throughout San Diego that are included in new ban. Here is a complete list of all the streets that will be affected:

STREET BEGINNING LIMIT TO ENDING LIMIT

Midway Drive 2300 Barnett Avenue to 3600 Sports Arena Blvd.

Rosecrans Street 1100 Canon Street to 3630 Camino del Rio West

Sports Arena Boulevard 2400 Pacific Hwy. to 3900 Midway Drive

33rd Street 4300 Meade Avenue to 4399 El Cajon Boulevard

Adams Avenue 3100 Boundary Street to 3159 West Mountain View

El Cajon Boulevard 3150 Iowa Street to 3299 33rd Street

Home Avenue Interstate 805 to 4699 Home Avenue (East Limit)

Meade Avenue 3174 Boundary Avenue to 3200 32nd Street

University Avenue 4300 43rd Street to 4399 44th Street

Wightman Street 3500 35th Street to 3999 40th Street

Euclid Avenue 2000 Elm Street to 2000 54th Street

Cardiff 8400 Jamacha to 8500 San Felipe

Logan Avenue 35th Street to 36th Street

Home Avenue 4400 Fairmount to 4500 45th Street

Bernardo Center Drive 15500 Camino Crisalida to 17749 West Bernardo Road

Paseo Lucido 11800 Bernardo Hghts Pkwy (W) to 12700 Bernardo Hghts Pkwy (E)

Rancho Bernardo Road 11900 Bernardo Center Drive to 12300 Bernardo Oaks Drive

Stoney Peak Drive 11700 Carmel Mountain Road to 11800 World Trade Drive

Boyd Avenue 3100 Acworth Avenue to 3750 Genesee Avenue

Clairemont Dr. (north side) Interstate 5 to 2600 Denver Street

Convoy Street 3800 Ostrow Street to 4100 Othello Avenue

Moraga Avenue (west side) 3700 Balboa Avenue to 3800 Cadden Drive

Morena Boulevard 4000 Avati Drive to 4799 Jutland Street

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PistolPete Aug. 30, 2009 @ 2:56 p.m.

The problem out here isn't cars for sale. It's semis blocking the view when turning in or out of the shopping center next to Carmel Mountain Drive and Stoney Peak Drive. Thanks for the info though. They did post a couple of No Trucks over 5 Tons signs on the west side of Stoney Peak next to my apartment complex..The noise has moved across the street but now the view is blocked even worse than what is was. Stoney Peak is a VERY busy street during the day. It'll be a matter of time until someone gets seriously hurt or killed trying to turn from the shoping center left onto Stoney Peak.

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