Sign language can sometimes be as confusing as the spoken word, as is the case with this electric charging station in Petaluma’s Keller Street Garage. Do that many handicapped drivers own electric cars, or is Petaluma just an accessible community? You decide. Road Warrior has asked but hasn’t yet gotten a response.

Updated July 15: Officer Walter Spiller of the Petaluma Police Department’s Traffic Unit wrote to say: “The signage is confusing for sure.  I spoke with one of our parking enforcement officers who informed me both can park here.”

Photo courtesy of Jean-Luc Koelemeijer

Photo courtesy of Jean-Luc Koelemeijer












We’ve all been tempted to take matters into our own hands, and on some rural Sonoma County roads, homeowners do their own road repairs. But Ron Chane of Fondren, Miss., earned the nickname “Pothole Robin Hood” after he and his girlfriend began making clandestine fixes on local roads and spray-painting them, “Citizen Fixed.”

Don’t try this at home, though. According to a report published on Mailonline, he’s now under investigation for stealing the asphalt from the city of Jackson, Miss.

Reporter Helen Pow quotes Chane as saying, “We’re sending a message that as citizens you have to sometimes take matters in your hands, in a creative and constructive way.”

Thanks to Craig Harrison for sending this our way.

Photos courtesy of NBC/ABC News

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  1. Missy Brunetta

    I work in the parking field and wanted to help shed some light on the Keller Street garage disabled EV space. California requires that any facility that includes between 1 and 25 EV charging spaces to include one space that allows for disabled access. More info can be found here…


    July 12th, 2013 1:13 pm

  2. boethius

    Reminds me of the artist in L.A. who actually climbed up on to the freeway sign for the I-5/110 Pasadena interchange to “fix” the sign that had originally had no easy indication that you had to take the exit to get to I-5 north.

    He Pantone-matched the Caltrans color scheme for the signs and everything, climbed up there himself and affixed the signs. Caltrans left the “guerilla public service” signs up there for almost 8 years until they finally replaced all signs – this time doing them properly.

    Anyway, while a dual handicapped/charge station-ONLY parking space seems rather silly it is very, very easy for people to get handicapped placards. The main “problem” is that there simply aren’t that many electric car owners.

    July 12th, 2013 1:51 pm

  3. Road.Warrior

    Thank you, Missy. There is usually a good explanation for things like this.

    July 12th, 2013 2:24 pm


    Electric cars cannot charge in a handicapped stalls! they should have their own , this is Illegal

    July 12th, 2013 7:15 pm

  5. manuel mendes

    It is illegal to park in this space WITHOUT a Handicap parking Placard.
    Don’t know what the city is trying to get away with.

    V C Section 22511.5 Disabled Parking Authorized Parking Zones

    Disabled Parking: Authorized Parking Zones

    22511.5. (a) (1) A disabled person or disabled veteran displaying special license plates issued under Section 5007 or a distinguishing placard issued under Section 22511.55 or 22511.59 is allowed to park for unlimited periods in any of the following zones:

    (A) In any restricted zone described in paragraph (5) of subdivision (a) of Section 21458 or on streets upon which preferential parking privileges and height limits have been given pursuant to Section 22507.

    (B) In any parking zone that is restricted as to the length of time parking is permitted as indicated by a sign erected pursuant to a local ordinance.

    (2) A disabled person or disabled veteran is allowed to park in any metered parking space without being required to pay parking meter fees.

    (3) This subdivision does not apply to a zone for which state law or ordinance absolutely prohibits stopping, parking, or standing of all vehicles, or which the law or ordinance reserves for special types of vehicles, or to the parking of a vehicle that is involved in the operation of a street vending business.

    (b) A disabled person or disabled veteran is allowed to park a motor vehicle displaying a special disabled person license plate or placard issued by a foreign jurisdiction with the same parking privileges authorized in this code for any motor vehicle displaying a special license plate or a distinguishing placard issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

    Amended Sec. 12, Ch. 404, Stats. 2004. Effective January 1, 2005.
    Amended Sec. 11, Ch. 478, Stats. 2010. Effective January 1, 2011.

    July 12th, 2013 7:26 pm

  6. bo

    I asked a meter maid on the street about that stall and she said you had to be both an EV and have a H/C placard. A Public Works representative at City Hall stated the same thing. Now an officer is saying you can be either or. Sounds as though no one in charge really understands what is required. It is very confusing for sure and it should be made to be more clear at the location.

    July 13th, 2013 4:37 pm

  7. J. Longtooth

    “I work in the parking field..”.

    I bet you’re lovely, too. May I inquire discreetly, is by chance your first name Rita?

    “Meter maid”, anyway, beats the heck out of being called a “parking field” employee.

    July 13th, 2013 6:14 pm

  8. G

    “Pothole Robin Hood:” If memory serves me correct, there was a person in Petaluma who went around circling the pot holes to draw much needed attention to not only drivers, but too the City of Petaluma for their neglect in fixing them. I believe he was lauded as a good citizen by the residents, but looked upon as a vandal by the Cities government, and was told to stop or be arrested for defacing public property.

    July 13th, 2013 10:28 pm

  9. EV

    This is a classic case of setting two groups favored by law, but disfavored by the elite, against one another.

    July 13th, 2013 10:33 pm

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