Peddlers, Solicitors Will Likely Face Tougher Restrictions
Santa Clarita City Council one step closer to re-defining language dealing with offenders.
Those pop-up vendors that appear on the street around on Valentines day, Mothers day, and other popular holidays may be history, after the City of Santa Clarita voted in favor of an item that aims to tightened restrictions for the street-side vendors. Also, some key language will be changed to allow for more stringent enforcement of a host of solicitors.
The bill was passed on to a second reading, and it will become law if the Council again votes in favor of it at a meeting next month.
The action was brought on after scores of complaints from residents and business owners.
Some of the changes include:
* 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.
Canyon Country Advisory Board Chairman Alan Ferdman gave his approval of the motion saying; “We support these changes as written.” He added that the Advisory Board recognizes the positive impact on the privacy of Santa Clarita residents that will be achieved by this change.
The motion was passed unanimously by the Santa Clarita City Council, and will be looked at again in July.
In other Council news, the City's budget for fiscal year 2008/2009 was approved. find out what new programs it includes by clicking here.
And the Council also voted unanimously to approve $340,000 for LPA, Inc. to design the Old Town Newhall Library. KHTS will follow up with details on this project and LPA's design record later this week.
Another motion which allows the City to donate old street signs to local charities for the purposes of fundraising was also passed, although the Council put a restriction on the motion to force the organizations to explain what the signs would be used for before the City makes the donation.