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Proposal limits peddlers across city

• Vehicles would be limited to 30-minute stays

Posted: June 21, 2008 1:56 a.m.
Updated: August 22, 2008 5:04 a.m.

Peddling and soliciting could get a little bit tougher in Santa Clarita if the City Council passes a proposed ordinance Tuesday that would set a stricter rules within the city.

Peddlers generally refer to vendors selling goods from trucks, mobile carts and on foot. Solicitors are commonly known as door-to-door sales people.

Peddling and soliciting with a permit would still be legal, but with the new ordinance, vendors and solicitors would be prohibited on the public right-of-way, according to a city staff report. Vehicles would spend no more than 30 minutes at any given location within a six-hour time period.

"We've looked into the issue of peddling and soliciting and tried to figure out what municipal code sections apply," city Management Analyst David Peterson said at a Canyon Country Advisory Committee meeting Tuesday. "We realize they're particularly light when it comes to having teeth. We found that it is very difficult to enforce."

Through the current system, such vendors and solicitors must have a city-issued permit, but they can get it in the form of a group permit. The new ordinance mandates that each individual operate with their own permit.

Peddling and soliciting must also end by sunset, rather than 8:30 p.m. as stated in the current code.

Fearing that food products sold by peddlers may not be stored properly, city officials want a requirement that only 10 percent of the food items sold from a vehicle are non-prepared items like fruits and vegetables. Peddling and soliciting cannot be performed where a sign is posted prohibiting such activity.

Violations of these rules would result in a misdemeanor, up from just an infraction as listed in the current code.

The City Council will consider the new ordinance at Tuesday's council meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

Signal Senior Writer Jim Holt contributed to this report.


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