With More Californians Living in Cars, Legal Parking Spots Are Harder to Find

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A homeless man for over 30 years who lives inside his car repairs a bicycle as his dog Honey and neighbor's dog Niko stand guard September 23, 2015, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California.  (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

For thousands of Californians living in cars and RVs finding a place to legally park is becoming increasingly difficult. And parking illegally often comes with tickets, which unpaid, can lead to a vehicle being impounded -- something especially problematic if your car is also your bed. But a new lawsuit against the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency challenges cities' ability to impound cars for unpaid parking tickets. Forum takes a look at the latest turn in the housing crisis: what cities can -- and should -- do about homeless people sleeping in vehicles.

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David Gorn, contributing writer, CALmatters

Amelia Hansen, former coordinator, Star Community Homes; currently lives in her car

Michael Herald, director of policy advocacy, Western Center on Law and Poverty

Linda Maio, councilmember representing District 1, City of Berkeley