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Ordinances target panhandling

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From page A1 | January 22, 2014 | 16 Comments

Placerville City Council opened 2014 by approving two new ordinances designed to tighten up city code and protect public safety and welfare.

An ordinance adding Chapter 19 to Title VI of the Placerville City Code makes the storage of personal property, including camp paraphernalia, on public property or on private property without written consent of the owner, unlawful. It allows the city manager to issue permits to establish, maintain and operate a camp facility for a special event on public property at his discretion and makes it a misdemeanor to establish, maintain or operate a camp facility without a permit. Overnight camping on private residential property with permission of the owner is limited to not more than five consecutive nights.

A second ordinance, adding Chapter 20 to Title VI of the Placerville City Code, makes it a misdemeanor to aggressively solicit, ask or beg in any public place. All solicitation of any type is prohibited on public property within 15 feet of any bank, check-cashing business or ATM and solicitation of the operator or occupants of a motor vehicle, public transportation vehicle or within 15 feet of a fueling pump, air or water hose at a gas station.

Both ordinances passed with a 4-0 vote and become effective on Feb. 13.

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or wschultz@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.

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  • Chuck HollandJanuary 22, 2014 - 6:05 am

    With the recent approval of the homeless day care facility on Placerville Drive we business owners get to see first hand why the upper Broadway area looks and feels like a wasteland. We are supplied with daily entertainment, homeless tearing our trash dumpsters apart, the intoxicated ones fall down a lot, some random drug use, they crap behind buildings, etc. They have even developed their elaborate street scam. Most afternoons as i peer out my office window to Placerville Drive i see a young lady sitting on the side walk with her belongings and a sign. (something new each day) One such day the sign stated she needs money to go only five miles up the road. (home maybe?) Unsuspecting generous people stop and give her money all afternoon. what nobody see's is the little silver car that pulls into the nearby parking lot, and the gentleman who collects her earnings throughout the afternoon. His visits are short, just long enough to collect, re-arrange her signage for maximum revenue intake, then he's off. By Dark he has her all packed up and closes up shop for the evening.

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  • Upper Broadway Resident who if fed up!!!January 22, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    Chuck, I'm with you 150%!!! I have absolutely no idea why our city council has catered to the homeless for so long and seem to have no intention of cleaning up the piles of garbage along Upper Broadway, the bike trails,Smith Flat Rd. and now on Placerville Drive. Our entire city has been turned into a garbage dump!!!

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  • What the...January 22, 2014 - 1:55 pm

    And let's not forget that beutiful bus that is often parked out front!

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 22, 2014 - 2:45 pm

    should be no problem...the code will make all the "scary" people go away for you now. rolling eyeballs.

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  • Scary GuyJanuary 22, 2014 - 7:13 pm

    Thats right Fran (tap tap tap) [tapping keys] This ordinance isn't worth the paper it's written on. (glug glug glug beeelllcch) [knocking back a cold one] When Brad Oprah and keyne here about this their lawyers will tear it apart. (pppwwwwttt) [farting] After all if a pedophile can beat the county, what chance would a puny little city like placerville have passing an anti panhandling ordinance? (Picking nose)[perusing results] After all i got my rights. Wonder whats on cable tonight?

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 22, 2014 - 7:46 pm

    scary guy--you missed your calling...hurry--they're still calling ...homeless will get worse here before it gets better. Most panhandlers may not no of the ordinance against them...if they dont--is it breaking the law? Right now many corporations are not allowing nonprofits to ask for donations...seems some feel it is panhandling. Shrugging shoulders.

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 22, 2014 - 7:48 pm

    http://smallbusiness.chron.com/obtain-panhandler-license-32489.html. How to Obtain a Panhandler License <---already happening...read.

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 22, 2014 - 7:51 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas – County Judge J. David Phillips has upheld a 2005 Municipal Court ruling that a city ordinance banning the solicitation of drivers is unconstitutional under the First Amendment. <---people fighting the ordinance...I just dont understand why people think everything happens here first...date 2008 http://tinyurl.com/k4el7y9

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 22, 2014 - 7:56 pm

    Federal Judge Knocks Out Arizona City’s Anti-Panhandling Law oct 2013 http://tinyurl.com/km7vqt5

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  • Scary GuyJanuary 22, 2014 - 8:13 pm

    Fran ignorance of the law is no exuse for breaking the law i should know i done it hundreds of times. I'm just getting better at it. The woid out on the street moves faster than ATT in fact it moves ON ATT and verison, galaxcy iphone 123and4 g that reminds me time for an upgrade! Right after i check with my stock broker. Life is sweeet!!

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  • Scary GuyJanuary 22, 2014 - 8:38 pm

    See Fran, what i loined is never give a sucker an even break...nice guys finish last..only a sap woiks for what he could get for free...never ever use your own product... Keep your hands clean always have someone else do the doity woik and you'll come out smelling like a rose i like to think of my self as a "Motivational Speaker" If the suckers want to throw a few bucks my way who am i to refuse? im equal oppurtunity

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 22, 2014 - 8:49 pm

    scary guy...lolol...sorry you made me laugh...so it doesnt count anymore. Im moving on. I just hope the readers understand states have already been going through the same things..one state people said the homeless were coming to their doors and banging on them for money...sounds a little like the script from Day of the Dead. I hope your ordinance works out for you. Otherwise it will go to court someday.

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  • Scary GuyJanuary 22, 2014 - 9:08 pm

    Franny..... your da greatest. How sweet it is!!!!!!!! :-)

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 22, 2014 - 9:10 pm

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  • Solution?January 23, 2014 - 1:57 am

    Feed the homeless to the hungry?

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  • The 1% SolutionJanuary 23, 2014 - 5:51 am

    Everything tastes better with bacon.

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