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    Oxnard to Consider New Ordinances to Control Camping, Aggressive Panhandling, Park Exclusion

    By George Miller

    The local homeless situation, encampments and resulting environmental damage, panhandling, petty crime and resultant quality of life issues are prompting the city to take action.

    Ormond Bach encampment. Photo: Abraham Mendez

    Oxnard Assistant Police Chief Eric Sonstegard said that California Proposition 47 and 57, AB109 and the Boise court ruling (people can sleep on public land unless there is someplace else available for them) have greatly complicated law enforcement. He then pointed out that the Police Dept/City Attorney are proposing changes to City Ordinances to better deal with the situation and requests that residents come to the 9-17-19 Oxnard Council meeting to opine on these, which include what he calls “Quality Of Life” ordinances and that these do not apply just to the homeless:

    Item M-2. City Attorney Department
    SUBJECT: Camping, Removal and Storage of Personal Property, Park Exclusion, and Aggressive
    Panhandling and Solicitation Ordinances. (20/20/20)

    RECOMMENDATION: That City Council approve the first reading by title only and waive further
    reading of an ordinance amending Article XVIII of Chapter 7 of the Oxnard City Code related to
    Ormond Beach, and adding Articles XX, XXI and XXII to Chapter 7 of the Oxnard City Code
    regulating Camping, Removal and Storage of Personal Property, Park and Park Facility Exclusion,
    and Aggressive Panhandling and Solicitation.
    Legislative Body: City Council
    Contact: Stephen Fischer, (805) 385-7483

    For ordinance details see agenda item M-2 starting on  page 266.


    George Miller is Publisher/Co-Founder of and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard.

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