Chapter 9.22
SAFETY ENHANCEMENT ZONES

Sections:

9.22.010    Designation process.

9.22.020    Safety enhancement zone penalties and violations.

9.22.030    Prosecution criminally or administratively.

9.22.040    City of San Luis Obispo safety enhancement zone.

9.22.010 Designation process.

The city council may by ordinance, or by resolution upon a finding that there is a need to take immediate action to protect the public health, safety and welfare, designate a specific geographical area as a “safety enhancement zone” and specify the date and/or time that the designation is effective upon a finding that the geographical area is subject to unique conditions and circumstances during a specific period of time that create the potential for a significant threat to public health and safety and that the threat would be reduced by enhanced penalties for violations of provisions of the San Luis Obispo Municipal Code. The ordinance or resolution establishing a safety enhancement zone shall contain the following provisions:

A. A description of the geographical area comprising the safety enhancement zone; and

B. The date and time, or other specific description of the time period during which the safety enhancement zone designation is applicable to the geographical area. (Ord. 1469 § 1 (part), 2004)

9.22.020 Safety enhancement zone penalties and violations.

A. Any violation of designated sections of the San Luis Obispo Municipal Code that is committed within an area that has been designated by the city council as a safety enhancement zone, and during the time that designation is effective, shall be subject to a fine that is twice the amount of the fine specified for the designated municipal code sections, up to a maximum of one thousand dollars.

B. Safety Enhancement Zone Violations. Fines for violations committed in the safety enhancement zone shall apply to the following provisions: Chapter 9.04 (possession of open containers or consumption of alcoholic beverages in public places), Chapter 9.05 (hosting a gathering where underage persons consume alcohol), Chapter 9.12 (noise control), Chapter 9.13 (unruly gatherings), Chapter 9.16 (dangerous and deadly weapons), and Chapter 9.20 (urination in public). A separate offense shall be deemed to have been committed whenever a person repeats the act that constitutes the violation. (Ord. 1548 § 2, 2010)

9.22.030 Prosecution criminally or administratively.

A violation under this chapter may be prosecuted either criminally or administratively pursuant to Chapter 1.24. (Ord. 1469 § 1 (part), 2004)

9.22.040 City of San Luis Obispo safety enhancement zone.

A. The entire area within the city limits of San Luis Obispo is designated a safety enhancement zone during the Mardi Gras period, effective from 12:01 a.m. on the Thursday preceding “Fat Tuesday” until seven a.m. on the Wednesday following “Fat Tuesday.”

B. The entire area within the city limits of San Luis Obispo is designated a safety enhancement zone from 12:01 a.m. on March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) until seven a.m. on March 18th of each year.

C. The entire area within the city limits of San Luis Obispo is designated a safety enhancement zone from 12:01 a.m. on October 31st (Halloween) until seven a.m. on November 1st of each year. If Halloween falls on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, the safety enhancement zone period will be effective at 12:01 a.m. on the Thursday falling on or preceding October 31st until seven a.m. on the Monday following October 31st.

D. The entire area within the city limits of San Luis Obispo is designated a safety enhancement zone from 12:01 a.m. on the first day of Cal Poly University’s housing move-in day until seven a.m. of the Monday following the first weekend of the fall academic school year. (Ord. 1590 § 2, 2013)