The following is a rundown of some new ordinances popping up around the state.

The City of Auburn’s police and planning departments are wording an ordinance that would restrict where tattoo shops could go and who could apply them.

The reason: A desire to have oversight on the number of shops being opened in the city’s downtown district.

The draft of the ordinance restricts tattoo shops to areas zoned by Central Business or Regional Commercial Districts and 250 feet away from residential areas. In addition, the ordinance says that shops must be at least 1,000 feet away from schools, parks, churches and establishments used by minors. The tattoo shops also need to be 1,000 feet away from other tattoo shops.

  • The City of Los Angeles ordinance that would require supermarket operators to retain workers when a store changed ownership was declared unconstitutional by the Second District Court of Appeals.
  • The City of Fremont is the latest to ban smoking in all outdoor dining areas at city restaurants. 
  • A new ordinance in Palo Alto could give residents the gift of sewage pipes. The goal of the ordinance is to halt growing claims and lawsuits from sewer backups and spills, by putting sewer pipes into the ownership of homeowners. Now, homeowners would deal with the bill for repairs.
  • A Los Angeles Ordinance could save billions of gallons of water yearly by requiring fixtures be installed to meet low-flow guidelines.
  • The City of Hemet is looking to solve its issue with home “retail” sales operations that pose as garage and yard sales. Rather than an allowance of 12 garage sales per year, the ordinance will limit households to just four garage sales per year. Garage Sales signs would be limited to two signs per property and two signs around neighboring properties.
  • More oversight comes to the massage therapy industry in Whittier where the City Council will set forth an ordinance on Aug. 11 to force all therapists not licensed by the state to comply.  This comes on the heels of of a state law scheduled to take effect in September.
  • The Lake County Board of Supervisors discussed an ordinance on Tuesday night that proposes zoning for medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives and talk about the operations of the local One-Stop Center.

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