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2013

Publication of Ordinances Pursuant to Passage of Measure N (November 2, 2004) 

All ordinances will be posted to the Internet. Ordinances will be summarized and the summary will be published in a newspaper of general circulation, at least three days prior to the final adoption. The summary is also being posted below. 

Date Posted Ordinance                                        Ordinance Summary
12/17/13

2013-25

Summary

This ordinance will repeal Chapter 2.14 of the municipal code pertaining to the establishment of the Administrative Services Department, which will allow the Human Resources and Information Technology divisions to become separate departments.

11/27/13    2013-24

Summary

This ordinance will repeal Chapter 10.65 of the municipal code and adopt a new chapter 10.65 pertaining to public gathering and expression events. This chapter will encompass public gathering and expression events that are intended primarily for the expression of ideas.

11/27/13    2013-23 

 
Summary
This ordinance will will repeal Chapter 10.64 of the municipal code and adopt a new chapter 10.64 pertaining to public/major special events. This chapter will incorporate commercial events and major public expression events that significantly impact the community or City in some regard. Public/major special events create a larger impact on the community compared to small non-commercial gatherings, and therefore more requirements are placed upon event applicant.
11/20/13

2013-22

Summary

This ordinance will amend Title 18 of the municipal code, which contains the building and construction standards, by adopting the 2013 Building Standards Codes as mandated by the State of California.

10/31/13

2013-21

Summary

This ordinance will change time of sale water use standards for toilets, showerheads, and urinals to align with standards set by new California state legislation.

10/14/13

2013-20

Summary

Chapter 15.20. of the Santa Cruz Municipal Code titled “Driveways and Sidewalks” was amended by City Council in 2004. Section 15.20.210 is titled Property Owner’s Duty to the Public to Maintain & Repair Sidewalk Areas. Section 15.20.210 (f) authorizes sidewalk repair and requires permits for a property to maintain and repair sidewalk areas. The proposed revisions to Chapter 15.20.210 (f), amends the statute and proposes a fee for a city arborist inspection of the tree roots that are damaging a public sidewalk.

10/14/13

2013-19

Summary

Chapter 13.30. of the Santa Cruz Municipal Code titled “Trees” was adopted by City Council in 1985. Section 13.30.100 requires permits and protects trees designated as street trees and authorizes significant alteration and removal of street trees under certain circumstances. The proposed revision to Chapter 13.30.100, amends the statute and proposes a fee for processing tree permit applications and for processing tree appeals under this section.

10/14/13

2013-18

Summary

Chapter 9.56 of the Santa Cruz Municipal Code titled “Preservation of Heritage Trees” and its associated resolutions and fees were adopted by City Council in 1994. Chapter 9.56 protects trees designated as heritage and authorizes significant alteration and removal of heritage trees under certain circumstances. The proposed revisions to Chapter 9.56, amend and add additional language to the statute and its associated resolutions (to be heard at the second reading of the ordinances) and propose an increase in fees for processing tree permit applications and for processing tree appeals.

9/26/13

2013-17

Summary

This ordinance will revise the title of Chapter to “LOCH LOMOND RECREATION AREA, WATERSHED LANDS AND RIPARIAN CONSERVATION AREAS,” provide for the Water Department Director to make future LLRA schedule changes without Council authorization, allow for the collection of fees for boat inspection, decontamination and other activities related to invasive species management at LLRA, prohibit launching boats which have not been inspected and decontaminated for invasive species at LLRA, clarify off limits areas and acceptable uses at LLRA, clarify jurisdiction and authority with regard to by whom and where the Municipal Code may be enforced, both at LLRA and on City watershed lands and riparian conservation areas, prohibit use of live bait at LLRA, and prohibit release of non-native species at LLRA.

9/26/13

2013-16

Summary

This ordinance will exclude monitoring wells from the type of wells regulated and permitted by the City and revise the definition of a monitoring well and test well.

9/26/13

2013-15

Summary

This ordinance will adopt the California Fire Code, 2013 Edition with amendments. The California Health and Safety Code identify a specific process for adoption of the Fire Code locally with specific actions and timelines. With each code cycle the City is required to update its own ordinance and adopt the current model code with amendments.

9/16/13

2013-14

Summary

This ordinance will revise the definition of “display devices” requiring that they be “freestanding”; change the display device envelope to 12 square feet; include a distance requirement of 12 feet between display devices; and extend to 14 feet the space between display devices and protected features.

9/16/13

2013-13

Summary

This ordinance will extend prohibition of smoking in Downtown Santa Cruz on the public right-of-way from Water Street to Laurel Street and Cedar Street to Front Street, including all streets, alleyways and surface parking lots.

8/1/13

2013-12

Summary

This ordinance revises the public art ordinance to streamline administration, address annual volatility, and better integrate with the overall City budget process. Revisions include lowering the percent from 2% to 1% in context with eliminating most exclusions.

6/17/13

2013-11

Summary

This ordinance amends the Zoning Ordinance to add language to Title 24, updating the City’s green building ordinance to amend terms used, amend points available to attain to obtain compliance, and clarify opportunities for obtaining green building awards.

6/17/13

2013-10

Summary

This ordinance amends the Zoning Ordinance and Local Coastal Program to add language to Title 24, to remove the covered parking requirement for mixed-use development.

6/17/13

2013-09

Summary

This ordinance amends the Zoning Ordinance and Local Coastal Program to add language to Title 24, defining paleontological resources and to make other required changes regarding protection of archaeological resources.

5/30/13        

2013-08

Summary

This ordinance will reduce harassment and interference from any person with a City of Santa Cruz employee in the performance of his or her duties in a City park, beach or any property maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department, and would reduce any conduct which interferes with the use of a City park or beach by any other person. It will also require any person who receives a citation or is arrested on City park or beach property or any property maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department, for a violation of the Santa Cruz Municipal Code or state law to vacate that park or beach property and not to re-enter said property again for a 24-hour period from the time of the arrest/citation.

5/30/13

2013-07

Summary

This ordinance pertains to individuals remaining on traffic medians and roundabouts in the City and would make it unlawful for any individual to remain on a median or roundabout within a street, roadway or highway located in the city, for any purpose other than assistance in crossing the street, roadway or highway (public employees, employees of a public utility or public contractors are exempt in conducting their employment duties). Any person who violates this section and is cited for such a violation, and who within six months after receiving such a citation again violates this section, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

5/20/13

2013-06

Summary

This ordinance would serve to amend the City’s Admissions Tax Ordinance, in several respects. As amended the ordinance would exempt from the tax charges paid by persons for membership in or use of health clubs, gyms, yoga studios and other physical fitness facilities where payment is made on an annual, quarterly, periodic or other advance basis. The ordinance would also clarify the City’s past practice that the school-sponsored event exemption only applies to events sponsored by elementary and high schools established in accordance with California Education Code requirements. The ordinance similarly clarifies that when a non-fixed operator conducts an event at a fixed operator’s event venue, the fixed operator is responsible for assuring that the non-fixed operator collects and remits the tax and further provides that the fixed operator is responsible for doing so should the non-fixed operator fail to do so. The ordinance also makes other minor amendments pertaining to the ordinance’s administration and procedures to bring it into compliance with current Finance Department practices and other City tax ordinances. The ordinance does not impose a new tax or increase the currently effective 5% tax rate.

 

5/20/13    

2013-05

Summary

This ordinance would serve to amend the City’s Transient Occupancy Tax Ordinance in several respects. As amended the ordinance would require transient hotel/lodging operators to report and remit collected taxes on a monthly rather than quarterly basis. The ordinance would also be amended to require claims for overpaid taxes to be submitted within one year of the claimed overpayment. The ordinance would also be amended to reduce the time an operator is required to maintain pertinent accounting and financial records to four years. Another amendment would clarify the existing practice that a property manager who manages transient rental property for a property owner is under the same ordinance obligations as a hotel operator. The ordinance also makes other minor amendments pertaining to the ordinance’s administration and procedures to bring it into compliance with current Finance Department practices and other City tax ordinances and to delete outdated provisions that no longer apply. The ordinance does not impose a new tax or increase the currently effective tax rate of 11%.

 2/27/13

2013-04

Summary

This ordinance amends Section 13.08.040 pertaining to vehicles restricted on beaches and in parks, and allows persons with contractual rights or with a permit issued by the city to operate a motor vehicle on a public beach or in a public park within the City.

1/29/13

2013-03

Summary

This ordinance seeks the reduction of single-use bags, commonly referred to as “carry out” bags. It affects all retail businesses that give their customers carry out bags. The ordinance bans the distribution of plastic carry out bags and places a 10-cent charge, during the first year, on all paper carry out bags given to customers which is kept by the retailer to offset the costs of implementing the program. All paper bags must contain 40% post-consumer recycled content. Restaurants are exempt, as well as bags used to contain loose items prior to checkout (such as produce bags) and bags to protect items such as meat or wet items.

1/29/13

2013-02

Summary

This ordinance amends sections 21.02.040 and 21.02.070 of the Santa Cruz Municipal Code pertaining to the payment of tenants’ interest on residential rental security deposits. If approved, interest on security deposits will be due to the tenant at the termination of a lease or rent agreement or when earned interest on the security deposit meets a $50 threshold, whichever occurs first. The revisions further require that tenants receive notification of their right to interest at the time a rent or lease agreement is executed. The revisions are intended to ease the administrative burden placed on landlords while protecting the rights of tenants to their due interest.

1/31/12

2013-01

Summary
This ordinance amends Chapter 16.04.360 of the Santa Cruz Municipal code and eliminates the twenty-four consecutive month water service abandonment policy. A vacant property that has not used water or paid readiness-to- serve charges for twenty four consecutive months will no longer be considered abandoned and will not be required to pay new connection fees for water service.

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