City Leaders Pass Three Ordinances Tackling Public Nuisance

Laws deal with shopping carts, foreclosed properties.

Written by AMY FAN / Published April 27, 2012  

The city council recently adopted three new and revised local ordinances that address shopping and laundry carts, foreclosed properties, as well as regulations involving public nuisances.

The news laws came before the entire city council after the City Codes ad hoc committee, composed of Temple City Councilmembers Tom Chavez and Cynthia Sternquist, worked with City Hall employees to resolve concerns brought up by residents.

Community Preservation Supervisor Robert Sahagan and City Prosecutor James Eckert gave an overview of the proposed laws during the city council meeting on November 15, 2011.

“It is Community Preservation [Division]’s sole purpose to maintain and increase the quality of life for Temple City residents,” Mr. Sahagan said.

The first ordinance tackles the issue of “left behind” shopping carts, those which are taken away (often without permission) from a business’s property.

Ordinance 11-948 would require certain businesses to report to City Hall information related to how many shopping carts they own and whether labels would be placed on carts. Additionally, the ordinance would require businesses to provide a plan to contain carts on their premises.

Businesses who fail to adhere to the rule could be fined up to $50 per cart.

Another ordinance, the abandoned and vacant property registration regulation, establishes a program to require banks to accept responsibility for maintaining and securing properties that they own.

Ordinance 11-949 would mandate that banks report vacancies to City Hall within 10 days, and like Temple City residents and business owners, maintain their properties.

The last ordinance, Ordinance 11-950, deals with the city’s code on public nuisances. It defines public nuisances, procedures to abate the problems, and the process in which citations are administered.

All proposed ordinances were passed, by first reading only, unanimously.

However, an amendment by Councilmember Carl Blum, which enables vehicles to be parked or stored on any paved or unpaved surface within a property’s front yard setback, passed 3-2.

Councilmembers Chavez and Fernando Vizcarra dissented.

The city council still needs to approve the ordinances a second time. Thirty days later, the ordinances will take effect.

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