Council To Pedal Back Peddlers With Ordinance
Ordinance to restrict outlaw sales during holidays, keep annoying vendors off streets.
A new ordinance aimed at curbing offensive peddlers will be presented at the Santa Clarita City Council meeting Tuesday night. After scores of complaints from residents and local businesses, the city drafted some new rules that should make everyone happy. The rules don’t apply to solicitors for local charities such as high school kids selling raffle tickets or Girl Scouts peddling cookies, but do provide some relief from unwanted door-to-door sales people and from illegal vendors parking a flower stand in the public right-of-way.
Some of the proposed changes are:
- Violations of the proposed code would increase from an infraction to a misdemeanor.
- Peddling and soliciting would be prohibited on the public-right-of way with the exception of peddling from vehicles. Vending from carts or on foot would be prohibited in the public-right-of way.
- Vehicles could spend no more than thirty (30) minutes at any given location within a six hour time period.
- Only 10% of the food items sold from a vehicle could be non-prepared items (such as fruits, vegetables, etc.)
- Each individual peddler must possess a valid permit. Blanket permits covering a group of individuals representing the same organization would no longer be issued.
- Peddling and soliciting could only be conducted from 8 a.m. to sunset. Present language in the Municipal Code allows these activities to occur as late at 8:30 p.m.
- Any peddler or solicitor under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
- No peddling or soliciting can be performed at any dwelling unit or commercial premise where a "no peddling or soliciting" sign has been posted.
- Peddlers and solicitors are prohibited from engaging in aggressive or over persistent behavior with a person once that person has indicated they are not interested.
- Peddlers and solicitors must leave the premises immediately if they are asked to do so.
- All vehicles used for peddling must be parked at least 100 feet from an intersection to minimize impacts on traffic flow.
The ordinance must be presented for a second reading, after which it could become law as soon as next month. To read the complete agenda item and ordinance, click here .
Other items on the agenda include awarding the design contract for the new Newhall Library at the cost of $340,000, donating old street signs to charities for fund-raising purposes and awarding the construction contract for the expansion and modification of the George Caravalho Sports Complex at a cost of $6.4 million. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at City Hall.