Chapter 2.23
UNCLAIMED PROPERTY

Sections:

2.23.010    Stolen or embezzled property—Disposition.

2.23.020    Lost property or money—Disposition.

2.23.030    Disposition—Notice.

2.23.040    Disposition—Procedures.

2.23.050    Public auction—Notice required.

2.23.060    Bicycles and toys transferred to Probation Officer when.

2.23.070    Disposition—Finality.

2.23.010 Stolen or embezzled property—Disposition.

All stolen or embezzled property, including money, in the possession of the Sheriff and which is not required to be retained by him in the performance of his official duties, and which has not been claimed by the owner within the time provided by Section 1411 of the Penal Code of California, shall be disposed of by the Sheriff in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. [Ord. 2158, 1975; prior code § 5.90.010].

2.23.020 Lost property or money—Disposition.

All lost property, including money, in the possession of the Sheriff which is not claimed by the owner or finder of such property within the time provided by Sections 2080.1, 2080.2, 2080.3 and 2080.5 of the Civil Code of California shall be disposed of by the Sheriff in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. [Ord. 2158, 1975; prior code § 5.90.020].

2.23.030 Disposition—Notice.

Prior to the disposition of any unclaimed property which has a reported value of at least $25.00, the Sheriff shall give notice thereof to the finder or any other person with a claim to possession of such property as follows:

(A)    Notice of the proposed transfer of such unclaimed property shall be mailed to any such person whose address is known or can be reasonably ascertained by the Sheriff, affording such person at least 15 days in which to establish that person’s claim to the property.

(B)    If the address of any such person cannot reasonably be ascertained by the Sheriff, such notice of the proposed transfer shall be published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation at least 15 days before the transfer of the property is completed. [Ord. 2158, 1975; prior code § 5.90.030].

2.23.040 Disposition—Procedures.

Except as provided in SCCC 2.23.060, any stolen or embezzled property or any lost property which is unclaimed shall be disposed of in the following manner:

(A)    Currency or coin shall be deposited with the County Treasurer for deposit to the County general fund.

(B)    With the exception of property subject to the applicable provisions of subsection (D) of this section, all other property shall be transferred from the Sheriff to the Public Administrator or an auctioneer, for sale at a public auction that is held in compliance with all provisions of Civil Code Section 2080.4, and the proceeds thereof shall be paid over to the County Treasurer for deposit to the general fund of the County.

(C)    If the Public Administrator determines that any such property transferred to him for sale is needed for public use, such property may be retained by the County and need not be sold.

(D)    All such property which, in the opinion of the Sheriff or the Public Administrator, is worthless, or which if sold, would not bring a sum sufficient to offset the cost of conducting the sale may be destroyed or donated to charitable institutions or may be repaired and renovated by County prisoners and transferred to the Public Administrator for sale. [Ord. 5230 § 1, 2016; Ord. 2158, 1975; Ord. 1346, 1968; Ord. 637, 1960; prior code § 5.90.040].

2.23.050 Public auction—Notice required.

Notice of any auction of unclaimed property pursuant to this chapter shall be given at least five days before the time fixed for such auction by publication once in a newspaper of general circulation and published in Santa Cruz County. Advertisement for bids for the sale of property shall be placed in a newspaper of general circulation published in the County, or posted in at least three conspicuous places. [Ord. 1346, 1968; prior code § 5.90.050].

2.23.060 Bicycles and toys transferred to Probation Officer when.

The Sheriff is hereby authorized to turn over to the Probation Officer, for use by the Probation Officer in any program of activities designed to prevent juvenile delinquency, any toys and bicycles, or both, which have been in the possession of the Sheriff for at least three months and are unclaimed. [Ord. 2158, 1975; Ord. 1346, 1968; Ord. 726, 1961; prior code § 5.90.060].

2.23.070 Disposition—Finality.

Unclaimed property shall not be redeemable by the owner or other person entitled to possession after it has been transferred by the Sheriff in accordance with this chapter. [Ord. 2158, 1975; prior code § 5.90.070].