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9.32.010 - Purpose.
The purpose of this chapter is to establish a procedure for the designation of crime free zones within the city.
9.32.020 - Definitions.
"Disperse" means to depart from the designated crime free zone and not to reassemble within the crime free zone with anyone from the group ordered to depart for the duration of the zone.
"Crime free zone" means an area that is established pursuant to Section 9.32.030.
"Illegal drug" has the same meaning as the term "controlled substance" in Section 11007 of the California Health and Safety Code.
9.32.030 - Procedure for establishing a crime free zone.
A. The city council may declare any area a crime free zone by adopting a resolution setting forth the boundaries of such area.
B. In determining whether to designate a crime free zone, the city council shall consider the following:
1. The occurrence of a disproportionately high number of arrests for the possession or distribution of illegal drug crimes against property and crimes against persons in the proposed crime free zone;
2. Objective evidence or verifiable information that shows that illegal drugs are being sold and distributed within the proposed crime free zone; and
3. Any other verifiable information from which the city council may ascertain whether the health and safety of residents who live in the proposed crime free zone are endangered by the purchase, sale, or use of illegal drugs or other illegal activity.
9.32.040 - Notice of a crime free zone.
Upon the designation of a crime free zone, the sheriff's department or city shall mark each block within the crime free zone by post the following information in the immediate area, of, and on the borders around, the crime free zone:
A. A statement that the area has been designated a crime free zone;
B. The boundaries of the crime free zone;
C. A statement of the effective dates of the crime free zone designation; and
D. Any other additional notice to inform the public of the crime free zone.
Lancaster Calif, code of ordinances