My first story on the problem of Shopping Carts and how one Orange County city has decided to confront the issue, caught the attention of some concerned citizens in Los Angeles County.
There is no excuse for not enacting laws to confine shopping carts within their locations.
It is negligent, irresponsible for the L.A. City Council to ignore this public hazard!!!
A person named Stan, of Tujunga, started a thread on Sunday, in the online Community The Foothills Forum, a website devoted to dialog about issues and events affecting life in a section of the county north of Los Angeles.
This post, expressing annoyance at a local councilman, links to my report on Westminster, and asks:
IF THEY CAN PASS IT, WHY CAN'T WE?
Well, there have so far been 7 very interesting posts, by 3 people, including Stan, linking to a Burbank study, and a few local city laws.
The most interesting link shared was by someone named Coop who found a list of new laws for 2008, on the website of the California Grocer's Association, that included ones related to Shopping Carts, under Local Business Laws.
New Shopping Cart Laws:
Burbank Shopping Carts
The City of Burbank passed a shopping cart ordinance requiring retailers to install an electronic containment system if the City observes five or more carts off store premises during a 24-hour period.
Carson Shopping Carts
The City of Carson passed a shopping cart ordinance requiring retailers to submit an “abandoned shopping cart prevention plan” to the City detailing how they intend to address abandoned shopping carts. Additionally, signs identifying the carts must be affixed to the shopping cart and each cart found off store property must be retrieved within 24-hours of notification.
Long Beach Shopping Carts
The City of Long Beach passed amendments strengthening their existing shopping cart ordinance. The amendments allow the city to fine retailers $100 for each shopping cart found off their property. If the city finds more than 10 shopping carts from one store in a 30-day period, the business will face a hearing with city officials to fix the shopping cart problem. If the carts continue to be a problem, retailers could face criminal prosecution.
Ontario Shopping Carts
The City of Ontario passed an ordinance requiring retailers with shopping carts to show proof they have a contract with a retrieval service or a plan to address the issue of abandoned carts.
San Diego Health Department Fee Increase
The City of San Diego Board of Supervisors passed a Department of Environmental Health fee package increase for fiscal years ‘07-‘08 and ‘08-‘09. Fees impacting the grocery industry (which includes such permits as health department inspections and rescore inspections) will be increased approximately 3% each year.
Ventura County Health Department Fee Increase
Ventura County passed a 5.3% increase on health permit fees issued by the Department of Environmental Health. The new fee structure became effective on July 1, 2007.
Very interesting stuff, and I look forward to following this thread if more folks toss in their 2 cents.
I wonder what the laws are in the rest of the OC?