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Los Angeles County Approves $1,000 Fine for Throwing Football or Digging Holes on Beaches

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors may not have liked the clutch pass from Eli Manning to Mario Manningham in the Super Bowl – they don't want it replicated on the county beaches. The supervisors voted February 7 to raise fines up to $1,000 for anyone who throws a football or Frisbee, or digs a hole deeper than 18 inches, on any beach in the county between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The county ordinance prohibits "any person to cast, toss, throw, kick or roll" any object other than a beach ball or volleyball "upon or over any beach" during the specified time period.

Exceptions allow for throwing balls in designated areas, when a person obtains a permit, or when playing water polo "in or over the Pacific Ocean."

The county law also bans digging any hole deeper than 18 inches into the sand except where permission is granted for film and television production. (Source: CBS Los Angeles, February 8.)

In other local tax news:

San Francisco Expands Bag Ban and Tax. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted February 7 to expand San Francisco's 2007 ban on plastic bags and 10-cent tax on paper bags. The law originally applied to large grocery stores and chain pharmacies, but was expanded to cover restaurants, gift shops, hardware stores, boutiques and other retailers. Neither the original bag tax nor the expansion was put to a vote of the people. (Source: Santa Rosa Press Democrat, February 8.)

San Luis Obispo County Bag Tax Challenged in Court. An attorney representing the Save the Bag Coalition has filed suit in San Luis Obispo County against the county's waste management board, asking the court to set aside the board's January 11 adoption of an ordinance banning plastic shopping bags and requiring stores to charge customers 10 cents for every paper bag. The suit alleges that the county did not complete a required economic impact report before passing the ordinance, which is slated to take effect in October.

The Save the Bag Coalition has gone to court to challenge similar ordinances in Marin and Santa Cruz counties, as well as the cities of Manhattan Beach and Long Beach. (Source: San Luis Obispo Tribune, February 2.)

Riverside County's "Sun Tax" Challenged in Court. The Independent Energy Producers Association and the Large-scale Solar Association filed suit February 6 in Riverside County Superior Court asking the court to invalidate the county's Board Policy B-29, commonly known as the "sun tax." The lawsuit alleges that the charge of $450 per acre imposed annually by the county on large-scale solar projects, approved in November, violates Proposition 26 and fails to conform to the California Mitigation Fee Act. (Source: News release from the Independent Energy Producers Association, February 6.)

February 10, 2012
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