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In an effort to improve quality of life and safety for Victorville residents, the city council enacted an ordinance in September that placed a prohibition on aggressive solicitation.

Panhandling, or aggressive solicitation is defined in the staff report as approaching and/or following pedestrians, abusive language, unwanted physical contact, and blocking traffic in an effort to obtain an immediate donation. The staff report states that specific activities have included the unwanted approaching and cleaning of vehicles and other offers of “service” for compensation. Councilmember Angela Valles requested this issue be discussed by the council because of the growing number of complaints.

Included in Chapter 13.27 of Victorville’s Municipal Code is a provision that restricts solicitation within 15 feet of any bank or credit union entrance, savings and loan association, or check cashing institutions during business hours. This protection applies to all ATM’s during the times they are available to customers.

The penalty for violating this section is punishable as a misdemeanor or infraction chargeable to the City Attorney. This chapter was written on October 16, 1997.