The Santa Clarita City Council has banned the distribution of commercial handbills on car windshields.
The anti-handbill ordinance, approved by a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, would impose a $50 fine on anyone distributing the handbills on private property without the permission of the property owner. A violator could be fined up to $250 for repeated violations within one year.
Councilwoman Jo Anne Darcy proposed the measure, calling handbills a nuisance and litter problem.
Councilmen Howard P. (Buck) McKeon and Dennis Koontz voted against the ordinance. McKeon said he disliked finding handbills on his windshield but said he did not want to limit the ability of small business owners to advertise.
The ordinance is constitutional because it does not affect non-commercial handbills, such as those carrying religious or political messages, said Assistant City Atty. Michael Woods. State courts have recognized the right of cities to regulate commercial speech, he said.