Where’d the Accessible Parking Go in Rubidoux?

          Rubidoux, an unincorporated community within the County of Riverside, recently renovated its town center by widening the sidewalks and otherwise beautifying the area.  By all accounts, it was a great job.  One problem, though. After reinstalling the on-street parking, something went missing: the accessible parking.


          Rubidoux used to have angled parking stalls along its main street with an accessible space on each block.  But when they widened the sidewalks, they replaced the angled parking with parallel parking spaces and not a single accessible space for the entire 2 mile long renovated main street.

There’s not a single accessibility parking spot anywhere on the newly renovated 2 mile long main street.

          Local Riverside resident David Ball is a wheelchair user.  He complained to the County during and after the construction but his complaints were ignored.  On September 17, 2010, Mr. Ball filed a civil rights lawsuit against the County of Riverside in the federal court seeking damages and an injunction, forcing the County to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act by installing accessible parking.  David Ball is represented by attorneys from the Center for Disability Access.

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