A first reading of the parking garage ordinance was passed by the Santa Cruz City Council in April of 2006 by a 5-1 vote. The ordinances were supported by members of Service Employees International Union Local 415, which represented many city workers, and council member Ryan Coonerty was also a strong supporter, saying, ""The Civic Auditorium is a public space, but that doesn't mean you can walk in any time and do whatever you want."1
9.64.010 USE OF DOWNTOWN CITY PARKING GARAGES AND PARKING LOTS
Parking garages and parking lots owned or operated by the City of Santa Cruz in or adjacent to the Downtown Parking District ...shall be used by members...only for the purpose of parking and retrieving motor vehicles and bicycles and for no other purpose. Parking lots may also be used by pedestrians to walk from one sidewalk to another or to walk to buildings that border the parking lot. ...includ[ing] any parking lots which, in the future, are made part of the Downtown Parking District.
9.64.020 PARKING OR RETRIEVING MOTOR VEHICLES OR BICYCLES
(a)... When parking...or retrieving a motor vehicle or bicycle from, a parking garage or parking lot ...no member of the public, whether driver or passenger, shall remain on the parking lot or garage premises for more than 15 minutes. (b) ...extended to 30 minutes for disabled persons driving and parking vehicles that display disability placards.
9.64.030 TRESPASS... violation of Section 9.64.010
Remaining on a... parking garage or parking lot...for longer than f15 minutes... shall be guilty of trespassing,...
(a)...pursuant to a permit issued by the city in accordance with another provision of the Santa Cruz Municipal Code...(b)...city employees engaged in the performance of city business or the maintenance of city parking lots or garages...(c)...in areas of city parking garages and parking lots where there is posted permission...
==9.64.050 WARNING== No person shall be cited...unless that person has at least one time at any prior point in time received a written or verbal warning from a police officer, community services officer or other city employee....
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- 1Dawdling in Santa Cruz parking lots may now cost you, by Shanna McCord, Santa Cruz Sentinel, April 12, 2006, retrieved on September 6, 2011.