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GARDEN GROVE : Ordinance Passed to Restrict News Racks

Concerned by an overabundance of news racks and that pornographic material may be in public view, the City Council has voted to restrict the number and location of the racks.

The ordinance limits the number of racks on any corner to eight and also requires rack owners to shield any adult material from sight. It is patterned after similar ordinances in Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton and Mission Viejo.

“It’s meant to protect our children” from seeing sexually explicit material on public rights of way, said Councilman Tony Ingegneri, who wrote the law.

If the ordinance is passed on its second reading Tuesday, rack owners will also be required to obtain a permit from the city and $1 million of liability insurance to indemnify the city from any personal injury or property damage claims.

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