Tired of having your windshield sprinkled with flyers and leaflets promoting everything from pizza to perms? In Santa Monica, those ever-present advertisements will soon be a thing of the past.
The City Council late Tuesday night gave preliminary approval to an ordinance that outlaws the placement of commercial flyers, handbills or circulars on parked, unattended cars.
"It's an attempt to fight the litter problem in this city's parking lots, curbs and streets," Councilwoman Christine Reed said.
Violation of the new ordinance will be considered an infraction of the city's Municipal Code and would carry a fine of up to $100.
The ordinance would go into effect in mid-July, after a second reading and final council approval in two weeks.
The vote was 4 to 0, with two council members abstaining.
Councilman Dennis Zane suggested a city mailing to alert residents that they will now be able to complain about flyers left on their cars and expect something to be done about it.