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Title: 7 - Health and Welfare

Chapter: 55 - Shopping Carts

Section: 10 - Authority and Purpose

A. Under Section 7 of Article XI of the California Constitution, a county may make and enforce within its limits all local, police, sanitary and other ordinances and regulations not in conflict with general laws.
B. California law, specifically Division 8 Chapter 19 of the Business and Professions Code Section 22435 et seq. prohibits the removal and abandonment of shopping carts under certain conditions and regulates the retrieval of shopping carts by local government agencies. This ordinance is intended to implement the California Business and Professions Code Section 22435 et seq.
C. The Board of Supervisors finds that abandoned shopping carts are unsightly, interfere with pedestrian and vehicular traffic, accumulate over time on public and private property causing blight and similar conditions resulting in reduction of property values, constitute a public nuisance, and are detrimental to the public health, safety, and welfare.
D. This ordinance is enacted in order to promote the public health, safety and welfare by facilitating the removal of wrecked, dismantled, and abandoned shopping carts and parts thereof from public and private property within the unincorporated area of the county, thereby alleviating the health and safety hazards, unsafe conditions, and the impairment of property values resulting from the abandonment of such carts.