Chapter 1.08
COUNTY SEAL Amended Ord. 5278


1.08.010    Definitions.

1.08.020    Unauthorized or improper use prohibited. Amended Ord. 5278

1.08.030    Violation—Penalty. Amended Ord. 5278

1.08.010 Definitions.

As used herein:

(A)    “Seal” means any seal, insignia, decal or other artistic rendering which is substantially similar to, and is designed or intended to be a facsimile of, the seal of the County of Santa Cruz.

(B)    “Seal of the County of Santa Cruz” means the official seal of the County of Santa Cruz. The seal may be described as follows: It contains the words “The Great Seal of the County of Santa Cruz,” “Sine Praejudicio” and “1850” encircling a pictorial representation of a California Brown Bear in the foreground, with mountains, ocean and redwoods in the background. [Ord. 2567, 1978; prior code § 5.75.010].

1.08.020 Unauthorized or improper use prohibited. Amended Ord. 5278

No person, group, corporation, nonprofit organization, association or political committee shall cause to be prepared, distributed or published, or permit the preparation, distribution or publication of, any letter, advertisement, bumper sticker, flyer, pamphlet, handbill or other written document containing the seal of the County of Santa Cruz, or any other similar seal, without the express authorization of the Board of Supervisors of the County, or the County Administrative Officer. [Ord. 5263 § 2, 2017; Ord. 2728, 1979; Ord. 2567, 1978; prior code § 5.75.020].

1.08.030 Violation—Penalty. Amended Ord. 5278

(A)    Any person violating or causing or permitting the violation of SCCC 1.08.020 shall be deemed guilty of an infraction, and shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $100.00; provided, however, that any offense which would otherwise be an infraction shall be a misdemeanor if a defendant has been convicted of three or more violations of this chapter within the 12-month period preceding the commission of the offense in the accusatory pleading. For this purpose, a bail forfeiture shall be deemed to be a conviction of the offense charged.

(B)    For purposes of this section and chapter, a separate offense shall be deemed to occur each time a written document is prepared, printed or published in violation of SCCC 1.08.020. However, the printing or duplicating of a number of such documents by mechanical means at one time, all of which are identical, shall be deemed a single offense.

(C)    In addition to the penalties hereinabove set forth, the County of Santa Cruz shall have the right to initiate legal action against any person to restrain by court injunction the printing, distribution or publication of any material prepared in violation of SCCC 1.08.020. [Ord. 2728, 1979; prior code § 5.75.030].