Chapter 9.04


9.04.010    Public consumption of alcoholic beverages.

9.04.020    Prohibition against certain forms of solicitation.

9.04.010 Public consumption of alcoholic beverages.

A.    No person shall wilfully drink any intoxicating liquor in or upon any public sidewalk, street, highway, alleyway, park or playground in the city, whether such person is or is not in or upon any automobile, vehicle or conveyance.

B.    Intoxicating liquor shall be construed to include alcohol, brandy, whiskey, rum, gin, beer, ale, porter and wine and, in addition thereto, any spirituous, vinous, malt or fermented liquor, liquids or compounds, whether medicated, proprietary, patented or not, and by whatever name called. (Prior code § 9.08.010)

9.04.020 Prohibition against certain forms of solicitation.

A.    Definitions. For purposes of this section:

“Aggressive manner” shall mean any of the following:

1.    Approaching or speaking to a person, or following a person before, during or after soliciting, asking or begging, if that conduct is intended or is likely to cause a reasonable person to either:

a.    Fear bodily harm to oneself or to another, damage to or loss of property, or

b.    Otherwise be intimidated into giving money or other thing of value;

2.    Intentionally touching or causing physical contact with another person or an occupied vehicle without that person’s consent in the course of soliciting, asking or begging;

3.    Intentionally blocking or interfering with the safe or free passage of a pedestrian or vehicle by any means, including unreasonably causing a pedestrian or vehicle operator to take evasive action to avoid physical contact;

4.    Using violent or threatening gestures toward a person solicited either before, during, or after soliciting, asking or begging;

5.    Persisting in closely following or approaching a person, after the person solicited has been solicited and informed the solicitor by words or conduct that such person does not want to be solicited or does not want to give money or any other thing of value to the solicitor; or

6.    Using profane, offensive or abusive language that is inherently likely to provoke an immediate violent reaction, either before, during, or after solicitation.

“Automated teller machine” shall mean any electronic information processing device which accepts or dispenses cash in connection with a credit, deposit, or convenience account.

“Automated teller machine facility” shall mean the area comprised of one or more automated teller machines, and any adjacent space which is made available to banking customers after regular banking hours.

“Bank” means any member bank of the Federal Reserve System, and any bank, banking association, trust company, savings bank, or other banking institution organized or operated under the laws of the United States, and any bank the deposits of which are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

“Check cashing business” means any person that customarily provides the services as a check seller, bill payer, or prorater pursuant, including, but not limited to, any such person licensed pursuant to Division 3 of the California Financial Code, commencing with Section 12000.

“Credit union” means any federal credit union and any state-chartered credit union the accounts of which are insured by the Administrator of the National Credit Union Administration.

“Public place” shall mean a place to which the public or a substantial group of persons has access, and includes, but is not limited to, any street, highway, sidewalk, plaza, transportation facility, school, place of amusement, park, playground, and any doorway, entrance, hallway, lobby and other portion of any business establishment, an apartment house or hotel not constituting a room or apartment designed for actual residence.

“Public transportation vehicle” shall mean any vehicle, including a trailer bus, designed, used or maintained for carrying ten (10) or more persons, including the driver; or a passenger vehicle designed for carrying fewer than ten (10) persons, including the driver, and used to carry passengers for hire.

“Savings and loan association” means any federal savings and loan association and any “insured institution” as defined in Section 401 of the National Housing Act, as amended, and any federal credit union as defined in Section 2 of the Federal Credit Union Act.

“Solicit, ask or beg” shall include using the spoken, written, or printed word, or bodily gestures, signs or other means with the purpose of obtaining an immediate donation of money or other thing of value or soliciting the sale of goods or services.

B.    Aggressive Solicitation Prohibited. No person shall solicit, ask or beg in an aggressive manner in any public place.

C.    All Solicitation Prohibited at Banks, ATMs, etc. No person shall solicit, ask or beg inside of, or within fifteen (15) feet of any entrance or exit of, any bank, savings and loan association, credit union, or check cashing business during its business hours, or within fifteen (15) feet of any automated teller machine during the time it is available for customers’ use. Provided, however, that when an automated teller machine is located within an automated teller machine facility, such distance shall be measured from the entrance or exit of the automated teller machine facility. Provided further, that no person shall solicit, ask or beg within an automated teller machine facility where a reasonable person would or should know that he or she does not have the permission to do so from the owner or other person lawfully in possession of such facility. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prohibit the lawful vending of goods and services within such areas.

D.    Motor Vehicles and Parking Lots.

1.    Motor Vehicles. No person shall approach an operator or occupant of a motor vehicle for the purpose of soliciting, asking or begging while such vehicle is located in any parking lot or public place.

2.    Parking Lots. No person shall solicit, ask or beg in any parking lot or parking structure.

3.    Exemptions. This subsection D shall not apply to either of the following:

a.    To solicitations related to business that is being conducted on the subject premises by the owner or lawful tenant; or

b.    To solicitations related to emergency repairs requested by the operator or other occupant of a vehicle.

E.    Public Transportation Vehicles. No person shall solicit, ask or beg in any public transportation vehicle.

F.    Penalty. A violation of this section is punishable as a misdemeanor or infraction, chargeable at the discretion of the city attorney.

G.    Nonexclusivity. Nothing in this section shall limit or preclude the enforcement of other applicable laws. (Ord. 11-05 § 1)