In January of 2023, a Seaside Ranchos resident who is a professional market researcher created and distributed a survey regarding residents' reactions to the 2022 Holiday Lights period. The survey showed that 80% of Sleepy Hollow residents were 'not content' with the snarled traffic, the outside vendors, the (lack of) a strong police presence and the trash. The results of that survey were reported on and discussed by residents, TPD and other service providers and the Community Development Department at a rather intense community meeting on Feb. 8, 2023. It was at that meeting that Ms. Michelle Ramirez, Director of the Community Development Department, and Captain Hart of the TPD made it clear that in 2023, the outside vendor situation will be handled by a Code Enforcement group, and not the police. TPD bike and traffic officers will continue to receive overtime pay for maintaining a police present at the event, keeping the Emergency Access Lanes clear, handling disturbances, and trying to manage the extraordinary number of vehicles filled with spirited visitors from all over Los Angeles who come to the neighborhood every year.
This Tuesday, October 24, the City Council will review the results of the May 18th Citizen Development and Enrichment Committee meeting, in which the Committee accepted the Staff recommendations. Read the Staff report for Item 9C, including the survey results, here: 9C - STAFF REPORT.
Staff will recommend that Council
1). Accept and file the May 18, 2023 Committee meeting minutes; and
2). Review appropriated resource contributions to the neighborhood-coordinated Seaside Ranchos Holiday Lights Display.
To comment on item 9C, you may attend the meeting in person, or send an email to City Council stating your viewpoint,
A detailed account of all the laws governing outside vendors can be found on this City website: www.trendingintorrance.com/sidewalk-vending.html Among the very long listing of Operating Requirements for sidewalk vendors (414.1.120), ordinance (c) states that '"Sidewalk vendors must at all times provide a clearance of not less than three (3) feet on all sidewalks or pedestrian areas so as to enable persons to freely pass while walking, running, or using mobility assistance devices and to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act."
Last December, outside vendors blocked sidewalks, streets and even the Emergency Access Lanes. Will the Code Enforcement group enforce that provision this December?
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