Chapter 9.53

9.53.010    Statement of purpose.

9.53.012    Aggressive solicitation prohibited.

9.53.013    Definitions.

9.53.010 Statement of purpose.

The city council does hereby find that persons have been soliciting alms and/or other items of value in the city in such a manner as to cause citizens to fear for their safety. Public safety necessitates the exercise of the police power of the city, through the enactment and enforcement of this chapter, for the purpose of preventing such activities within the city. (Ord. No. 1184 (part), 1994).

9.53.012 Aggressive solicitation prohibited.

(a)    It shall be unlawful for any person to coerce, threaten, harass, or intimidate another person for the purpose of soliciting alms on any street or other place that is open to the public, whether publicly or privately owned. A violation of this section is a misdemeanor.

(b)    It shall be unlawful and a misdemeanor for any person to provide an unsolicited service and thereafter solicit or demand alms and/or other items of value. (Ord. No. 1184 (part), 1994).

9.53.013 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section.

(a)    "Soliciting alms" shall mean asking for money or something of value, whether by words, bodily gestures, signs, or other means.

(b)    "Coerce, threaten, harass, or intimidate" shall mean that:

(1)    The solicitor’s conduct causes a reasonable solicitee to fear for his/her safety; or

(2)    The solicitor intentionally blocks the path of the solicitee; or

(3)    The solicitor follows the solicitee while the solicitor demands money or something of value after the solicitee informs the solicitor by words or conduct that the solicitee does not want to give the solicitor money or some other thing of value. (Ord. No. 1184 (part), 1994).