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How Santa Maria plans to rein in wayward shopping carts

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Santa Maria city leader are fed up with shopping carts left strewn about the city. 

The city council has approved the first step in a new ordinance that would require businesses to make sure carts stay on their property. 

"The reason we're doing this is because the city receives a lot of complaints and we have to go pick up the wayward shopping carts all over the city," said Santa Maria City public information officer Mark Van De Kamp. 

City staff round up about 4,000 wayward carts each year. 

If the proposed ordinance passes, businesses would be in violation if they lose three or more carts. 

The ordinance would include a fine of up to $1,000 and six months in county jail. 

The city says it is also educating businesses by offering some potential solutions to help solve the problem. 

Some suggested solutions include:

  • Installing devices like magnetic wheel locks to keep carts on the premises
  • Cabling carts so they can't be removed
  • Hiring security guards
  • Paying someone to track down and retrieve carts

The city is scheduled to adopt the ordinance at its meeting next Tuesday, August 15. 

If the ordinance passes, it would take effect 30 days later. 

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