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.
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 CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard.