April 16, 2024
Sidewalk distributors in Balboa Park. Picture courtesy of town

Enforcement of an up to date sidewalk merchandising ordinance that was unanimously amended by the San Diego Metropolis Council final month will start Friday, following clarification of First Modification considerations and impounding measures.

The ordinance “gives readability on which merchandising actions are safeguarded underneath the First Modification as free speech, and impounding measures for rogue distributors that fail to adjust to the well being and security laws,” in accordance with an announcement from Councilwoman Jennifer Campbell’s workplace, which represents lots of the metropolis’s seaside communities in District 2 and who pushed the legislation ahead.

Campbell mentioned the amendments will “defend permitted distributors who adjust to all metropolis necessities and assist get rid of illegal merchandising actions.”

Mayor Todd Gloria’s workplace added that Campbell’s work to convey the amended ordinance ahead “helps make our laws and expectations clear and ensures San Diego’s public areas serve all of us.”

San Diego Police Division officers and park rangers carried out outreach to distributors this week to tell them of the pending enforcement actions.

In February 2023, San Diego legislation enforcement personnel started imposing town’s ordinance in seaside areas, following the same enforcement step-up within the Gaslamp Quarter in December.

The Metropolis Council first permitted the ordinance in Could 2022, bringing San Diego into compliance with state Senate Invoice 946, a California legislation that de- criminalized sidewalk merchandising statewide and set parameters on how cities might impose laws.

Distributors and pushcart operators should pay $38 yearly for a allow to promote their wares in San Diego.

Metropolis workers initially really useful the brand new allow price be as excessive as $230 per enterprise, however negotiations with council members introduced that quantity all the way down to the identical as a enterprise tax certificates within the metropolis.

Meals distributors are additionally required to have a San Diego County Well being Allow and Meals Handler card.

Because the ordinance was written, merchandising permits have been issued to native distributors promoting jewellery, clothes, attire, artisan merchandise, house decor, candles, fantastic artwork collectibles, novelty gadgets, meals merchandise and different gadgets.

The ordinance additionally units up parameters for the place distributors can function — for instance, 15 ft from one other vendor, 50 ft from a significant transit cease and 100 ft from any sidewalk or avenue closure.

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Metropolis Information Service contributed to this report.