ORDINANCE NO. 93-1 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING SECTION 11.68.030 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE RELATING TO GRAFFITI 

THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA CLARITA, DOES ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS: 

SECTION 1.  That the Santa Clarita Municipal Code is hereby amended at Title 11, Public Peace and Welfare, Section 11.68.030, relating to graffiti, to read as follows: 

11.68.30                    Abatement 

A.     A private property owner shall remove graffiti from the property within twenty (20) days after receipt of written notification to the property owner by the City to remove such graffiti.  Failure to remove the graffiti shall result in the City filing a Notice of Violation against the property with the County Recorder. 

B.     If the City makes a finding that the graffiti or other inscribed material is obnoxious pursuant to Section 11.68.020 and the owner of the structure or the public entity having jurisdiction over the structure refuses to consent to the removal of the graffiti by the City, the City may declare the existence of a public nuisance and proceed to notice and abate said nuisance in accordance with Government Code Section 38770 et seq. And charge all costs in connection with the nuisance abatement proceeding to the owner or public entity. 

SECTION 2.  The City Clerk shall certify the passage of this ordinance and shall cause the same to be published as required by law. 

ORDINANCE NO. 93-11 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING THE TITLE 11 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE AT SECTIONS 11.12 AND 11.68 RELATING TO GRAFFITI 

THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA CLARITA, DOES ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS: 

SECTION 1.  That the Santa Clarita Municipal Code is hereby amended at Title 11, Public Peace and Welfare, adding Sections 11.68.050 and 11.68.060, relating to graffiti, to read as follows: 

11.68.050 Sale of Aerosol Paint Containers and Markers – Storage requirements.  Any business or establishment offering for sale to the public aerosol paint containers or markers with a marking tip exceeding one quarter inch, containing anything other than a solution which can be removed with water after it dries, shall keep, store and maintain all such aerosol paint containers or markers in an area viewable by, but not accessible to the public in the regular course of business without employee assistance, pending legal sale or disposition of such marker pens or paint containers. 

11.68.060 Penalty.  Violation of this shall be a misdemeanor.  Any person violating any of the provisions of Chapter 11.68 shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and each such person shall be deemed guilty of a separate offense for each and every day, or portion thereof, during which any violation of any of the provisions of this Chapter is committed, continued, or permitted. 

SECTION 2.  The City Clerk shall certify the passage of this ordinance and shall cause the same to be published as required by law. 

RESOLUTION 93-45 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA, OFFERING TO PAY A REWARD, NOT TO BE IN EXCESS OF ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS, FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE DETERMINATION OF THE IDENTITY, APPREHENSION AND POSSIBLE CONVICTION OF ANY PERSON OR PERSONS WHO WILLFULLY DAMAGE OR DESTROY ANY PUBLIC OR PRIVATE PROPERTY IN THE CITY OF SANTA CLARITA BY PLACING GRAFFITI OR ANY OTHER INSCRIBED MATERIAL THEREON IN VIOLATION OF CALIFORNIA PENAL CODE SECTIONS 594, 594.1, 640, 640.5, 640.6, AND ANY OTHER STATE OR CITY LAW RELATING TO GRAFFITI 

WHEREAS, the City, residents and merchants in the city have incurred costs to repair damage and destruction of their privately owned permanent structures located within the City, by removal, where possible, of graffiti and other inscribed materials therefrom; and  

WHEREAS, California Government Code Section 53069.5 authorizes the City of Santa Clarita to offer and pay a reward, the amount thereof to be determined by the City Council, for information leading to the identification, apprehension, and possible conviction of any person or persons who willfully damages or destroys any public or private property within the City of Santa Clarita; and 

WHEREAS, the City is desirous of proceeding under the authority of California Government Code Section 53069.5, offers to pay a reward not to exceed one thousand dollars cash in lawful money of the United States of America for information leading to the identification, apprehension and possible conviction of any person or persons who willfully damage or destroy and public or private property in the City of Santa Clarita by placing graffiti or other inscribed material thereon in violation of California Penal sections 594, 594.1, 640, 640.5, 640.6, and any other State or City law relating to graffiti. 

SECTION 2.  The offer of reward is made to members of the public generally, but is not made to any peace officer, employee of the City of Santa Clarita or person or persons apprehended. 

SECTION 3.  Any claim for reward must be made in writing to the City of Santa Clarita.  In no event will the amount of a reward, nor sums of rewards in connection with a single incident, exceed the combined total of one thousand dollars.  In the event of a dispute, including whether a claimant or claimants for the reward produced information which lead to the identification, apprehension and possible conviction of any person or persons found to be in violation of California Penal Code Sections 594, 594.1, 640, 640.5, 640.6., or any other State or City law relating to graffiti, or sharing of the reward among claimants, the determinations of the City Council shall be final and conclusive. 

SECTION 4.  The City of Santa Clarita shall establish and maintain a Graffiti Reward Program which provides for the following payment of such rewards as offered. 

A.                 The City shall pay a reward fo $250.00 for any claim made of the City, in which the identified person or persons are apprehended by the local authorities. 

B.                 The City shall pay a reward in the amount of $500.00 for any claim made of the City, in which the identified person or persons are apprehended by the local authorities, and have charges of graffiti related vandalism brought against such person or persons by the County District Attorney’s Office. 

C.                 The City shall pay a reward in the amount of $750.00 for any claim made of the City, in which the identified person or persons are apprehended by the local authorities, have charges brought against them by the County District Attorney’s Office, and plead the case out prior to court trial. 

D.                 The City shall pay a reward in the amount of $1,000.00 for any claim made of the City, in which the identified person or persons are apprehended by the local authorities, have charges brought against them by the County District Attorney’s Office, if necessary, agree to testify, and are convicted by a court of law. 

SECTION 5. This offer of reward shall remain open until exhaustion of the sum total of six thousand dollars offered as rewards, or at earlier revocation of the offer by the City Council prior to acceptance of the offer. 

SECTION 6. The City Manager and his designees are authorized and directed to give public notice of this offer of rewards by posting suitable notices thereof as authorized by law and found by the City Manager to be effective and in keeping with good government practices.