Garden Grove

Crackdown on illegal businesses seen?

COMMERCIAL ADVERTISING of short-term rentals may become illegal under a proposed ordinance going before the Garden Grove City Council on Tuesday (Shutterstock).

A crackdown on illegal businesses and violations of city building and safety codes may emerge from two proposed ordinances on the agenda of the Garden Grove City Council when it meets on Tuesday.

The council will consider an ordinance regulating the location, operations and hours of street vendors, and bans them from residential areas.

Another ordinance would increase administrative fines for breaking city codes pertaining to building and safety issues and ban commercial advertising of illegal businesses, such as short-term rentals, marijuana dispensaries, gambling and topless servers at coffeehouses.

For example, in the case of a violation of a building code, the first violation would carry a fine of $130, with the second (within a year of the first) would be $700, followed by a fine of $1300 for each additional violation (within a year of the first) and $2,500 for each additional violation of the same provision within two years of the date of the first violation, providing that it’s at a commercial property in an existing building.

The ordinance would also allow the city to recover the cost of legal action necessary to abate any nuisance caused by failing to adhere to the codes.

Also on Tuesday night, the council will consider appointments to city commissions and the administrative board of appeals.

The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. in its chambers in the Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave.



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