University police towed away 12 cars that were parked in student spots on Lindley Avenue because they were obstructing space allocated for trucks carrying film equipment for a pilot television show on Friday around 2:30 p.m.
The parking area along Lindley Avenue was sectioned off with cones and signs that were posted on every other pole dictating that no cars could park there March 9th from 5 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
The officer on the scene said that the signs were posted Wednesday-two days before the towing but student residents disagreed, many of them saying they were not made aware of the parking restriction.
Hamed Animashaun, a second-year accounting major, and resident of dormitory building five said that the cones sectioning off the area were not there until the day of the parking enforcement.
“My friends and I got back [to the dorms] from the movies at about 2:15 a.m. last night and there were no cones out here,” Animashaun said.
When asked if it was possible to post bulletins in the lobby of the 14 dormitory buildings notifying students ahead of time that the parking area was going to be sectioned off, Special Assistant to the CSUN Chief of Police Christina Villalobos said that it wasn’t the police department’s responsibility to do so. She noted that “the signs that were posted were sufficient notification.”
Half of the spots were occupied by equipment trucks and the other half was empty. Asst. Prop Master Eddie Ramirez said that more trucks might be moved into the empty area later in the day, but it was not certain.
Villalobos said the production company makes the arrangement with the police station to have the parking area sectioned off weeks in advance.