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Pico Rivera : Proposed Law Would Put Spray Paint in Locked Cases

March 18, 1993

A proposed ordinance requiring merchants to store cans of aerosol spray paint and wide-tip markers in locked display cases has received tentative approval from the Pico Rivera City Council.

Council members voted unanimously for the ordinance Monday. Before it takes effect, the measure must also pass a second reading, scheduled for the April 5 council meeting.

The purpose of the ordinance is to keep graffiti taggers from stealing spray paint and markers. Merchants who violate the law could face a maximum $500 fine and six months in jail. It is already against state law to sell spray paint to anyone younger than 18.

Pico Rivera's ordinance is fashioned after a recently approved Los Angeles County measure. The city had to pass its own ordinance because the county regulations only affect unincorporated areas.

The new ordinance would replace regulations restricting the sale of aerosol spray cans of six ounces or less. The old ordinance was ineffective because most stores sell mainly larger sizes, officials said.

Pico Rivera spends $150,000 a year and uses two city crews to remove graffiti from buildings. The city does not charge property owners for the service.

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