City Mayor Works With Council Members Calhoun And Perea To Tackle A Citywide Nuisance

FRESNO, CA (August 23, 2006) – Mayor Autry, together with Council members Brian Calhoun and Henry T. Perea, researched and worked to draft a City Ordinance to deal with abandoned shopping carts and the negative impacts in the City of Fresno.

This collaborative effort between the Mayor and Council members was in response to the overwhelming requests to the City, that we take action to clean up abandoned shopping carts found throughout the community. The ordinance, which is similar to other California cities works to insure that measures are taken by the owners of shopping carts to prevent the removal of the carts from the owner’s premises and to facilitate the retrieval of abandoned shopping carts in a manner consistent with State law.

Mayor Autry stated, “The accumulation of abandoned shopping carts on public and private property not only fosters blight and deterioration in the afflicted area, there is also a definite public health and safety hazard. There is no question that these abandoned carts are a public nuisance which is why I would like to thank Council members Calhoun and Perea for their leadership on this issue.”

In an effort to draft a fair and acceptable ordinance, the document was created with the input and assistance of both the California Grocers Association and the California Retailers Association. The proposed ordinance will be presented to the Fresno City Council on August 29th for their consideration of adoption.

For more information on the proposed Ordinance, contact Kyle Loreto, Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Autry at (559) 621-8000.

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