Chapter 9.02


9.02.010    Designation process.

9.02.020    Safety enhancement zone penalties and violations.


The city council may by resolution upon determining that there is a need to take 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. Any such designation shall be predicated upon a city council finding that the designated 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 Santa Cruz Municipal Code. The 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. 2008-16 § 1 (part), 2008: Ord. 2006-07 § 1 (part), 2006).


Any violation of the following designated provisions of the Santa Cruz 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 an enhanced fine. The enhanced fine will be three times the amount of the fine assessed per the city of Santa Cruz bail schedule for the violation had the violation not been committed in a safety enhancement zone. Safety enhancement zone fines shall be assessed for violations of the following Santa Cruz Municipal Code ordinances:

Chapter 6.12 (Solid waste);

Chapter 6.75 (Graffiti);

Chapter 9.12 (Possession of open containers or consumption of alcoholic beverages in public places);

Chapter 9.20 (Defacing sidewalks);

Chapter 9.28 (Discharge of firearms);

Chapter 9.36 (Noise control);

Chapter 9.50 (Conduct on public property);

Chapter 9.60 (Trespassing);

Chapter 9.62 (Trespass – Public transit facilities);

Chapter 10.12 (Traffic regulation obedience);

Chapter 10.16 (Traffic control device obedience);

Chapter 10.40 (Vehicle parking, standing and stopping); and

Section 3301 of the California Fire Code pertaining to fireworks as incorporated by reference into the Santa Cruz Municipal Code at Chapter 19.05.

A separate offense shall be deemed to have been committed whenever a person repeats the act that constitutes the violation.

(Ord. 2008-16 § 1 (part), 2008: Ord. 2006-07 § 1 (part), 2006).