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New Ordinance Summary

Plastic Bag Ordinance*

Purpose:  To eliminate single-use plastic bags as a public nuisance, harming quality of life and tourism.

Adopted:  8/26/15

In Effect:  February 26, 2016 and August 22,2016

Summary:  An ordinance restricting the use of plastic bags substantially identical to that enacted in Palm Springs, and differs only slightly from that of Desert Hot Springs, Palm Desert and Indio.

Single-use plastic bags are prohibited as follows commencing February 22, 2016:

Category 1 – A full-line, self-service retail store with gross annual sales of $2 million or more that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non-food items and some perishable items.

Category 2 – A store of at least 10,000 square feet of retail space that sells any perishable or non-perishable goods including, but not limited to  clothing, food, or personal items, and generates sales or use tax pursuant to the Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law (Part 1.5, commencing with Section 7200, of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.)

Single-use plastic bags are prohibited as follows commencing August 22, 2016:

Category 3 – A drug store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, foodmart, or other entity engaged in the retail sale of a limited line of goods that includes milk, bread, soda, and snack foods, including those stores with a Type 20 or 21 license issued by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Category 4 – A store of less than 10,000 square feet of retail space that sells any perishable or non-perishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, or personal items, and generates sales or use tax pursuant to the Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law (Part 1.5, commencing with Section 7200, of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code).

                Recycled paper bags may be provided to customers at a charge of at least 10 cents, and the charge must be listed separately on the sales receipt.  Customers may also use any bags that they bring to the store.

                Stores may provide recycled paper bags or reusable bags to persons participating in certain programs under welfare or WIC programs at no cost.

                Failure to comply can result in administrative fines and/or infraction citations.



Gender Neutral Restrooms
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gnb_signPurpose
:  To address the needs of all people, regardless of the way one presents or identifies their gender identify.

Anticipated Adoption:  December 9, 2015

Anticipated Effective Date:  January 9, 2016

Summary:  Requires gender-neutral signage (defined as a sign that indicates a restroom without reference to a specific gender) be installed on all single-user restrooms within commercial facilities.

 

Grant Program:  Up to $25 per sign for a maximum of two signs with proof of purchase.  Program runs from December 9, 2015 through May 31, 2016.
http://www.cathedralcity.gov/home/showdocument?id=5702



Shopping Cart Ordinance
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shopping cart photoPurpose:  A proliferation of abandoned carts throughout the city and the lack of manpower required to impound them thus creating visual blight having a negative economic impact on the city and its businesses.  The cost of removal has been borne by the community.

 

Anticipated Adoption:  December 9, 2015

Anticipated Effective Date:  January 9, 2016

 

Summary:  Impoundment requirements per State law:

  1. For carts with affixed signs identifying the owner, local agencies may notify the owner and allow him or her three business days to retrieve the cart. Failure to reclaim the cart allows the local agency to impound the cart and recover the actual costs of the impoundment against the owner. In addition, the local agency may fine the owner $50.00 for each occurrence.  If after thirty days the owner does not reclaim the cart, the local agency may sell or otherwise dispose of the cart.
  1. Alternatively, the local agencies may immediately impound a cart while providing twenty-four hours’ notice to the owner. If the owner retrieves the cart within three business days, the local agencies must waive all fines and costs. Otherwise, the fines and thirty-day limit apply as normal.

Additional enforcement options contained in the City’s Ordinance:

For carts without affixed signs, the proposed ordinance allows the City to dispose of the carts immediately.  If any cart, whether or not affixed with a sign, impedes access of emergency services or vehicles, the City may immediately remove such carts.

As a reminder, removing a cart from a place of business without permission from the business constitutes a criminal misdemeanor under state law.  Therefore, individuals who take the carts from businesses (including those taken from Palm Springs and into Cathedral City) face civil and criminal penalties.  Businesses that allow their carts to be removed and fail to retrieve them when given proper notice would be subject to administrative citations and fines.

Mandatory Shopping Cart Containment and Retrieval Plan for city businesses:

Every business that provides ten or more carts to the public has to submit a viable plan within 60 days of ordinance adoption (by March 9, 2016, est.) or when they renew their business license, whichever is sooner, that includes the following:

  • Affix each cart with a sign
  • Provide notice to customers that removal of carts is a violation of the law
  • Physically restrain carts, such as with wheel locks
  • Regularly collect and account for all carts every 24 hours
  • Promptly retrieve any cart reported to be abandoned or removed

Failure to submit plans subjects the owners to civil penalties.

 

*Note:  The information provided is a summary of the adopted ordinance.  For further details, refer to the actual ordinance.  If there is a conflict between the information provided herein and the ordinance, the ordinance takes precedence.

 

For additional information, please call the City Community Development Department at (760) 770-0340.