Police are advising residents not to pay bills sent out by a curb-painting service that, according to police, is operating illegally in the city.
Police said they have received at least 600 calls from residents inquiring about bills sent out by City Curb Service, a Long Beach firm that is painting house numbers on curbs throughout the city.
The firm's bills advise residents to please pay a "very minimal" curb-painting fee of $4.79 "immediately." The bills, however, do not tell residents that under municipal law, payment of the $4.79 fee is voluntary.
"We advised them (residents) not to pay the notices," Detective Jeff Johnson said. "Although they (the notices) look very official they are not endorsed by the city and there is no responsibility to pay them."