Long Beach : New Law Will Block Streets, Ban Loitering in Bixby Park

The Long Beach City Council has passed an ordinance to close off through streets in Bixby Park and make overnight loitering illegal in the area that has been plagued by crime and prostitution.

Under the law, the police and city traffic engineer are authorized to erect barricades on 1st and 2nd streets between Cherry and Junipero avenues from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The law is aimed at preventing crusing through the park.

Also, the council passed a related measure that bans loitering in the park between midnight and 5 a.m., except for anyone attending an activity or program for which a city permit has been obtained.

The area has become known as a trouble spot for homosexual prostitution and assorted other problems.

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