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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Federal Crimes, Criminal Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Is it illegal to put up and turn on red and blue lights when in a parking lot(ralphs, movie theater). in California

If I were to put these lights up only when in the parking lot for a car show and take them down after would that be illegal in california. These would be for display purposes only and would not be used for police impersonating or pulling people over.

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

Yes, it would still be illegal to display flashing red and blue lights in a parking lot in California, even if it's for a car show and you don't intend to impersonate police.

Under California Vehicle Code Section 25269, it is prohibited for any vehicle to “display a flashing...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Do landlord tenant laws apply or does municipal code apply to tenants of 4 years if landlord/city gives 1 week notice?

We have stayed on commercial property in RV for past 4 years with owner permission, but now city is only giving us 1 week to move out because they are enforcing municipal code regarding living in RV in city limits. Our agreement with the owner of the property has been we get to stay here in... View More

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

In California, the legal protections available to tenants, including those living in non-traditional dwellings like RVs, can be complex and vary based on the specifics of each situation. While landlord-tenant laws typically govern residential leases, living in an RV on commercial property with the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: In California is there a notice posted on the building or served to a property owner before an abatement happens?

If a property owner was cited for various code violations but has corrected them as far as they can tell (some of the violations were written vaguely and a few were incorrect), and the code enforcement officer says they are still not correct, is there a hearing held before the abatement process he... View More

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answered on Feb 20, 2024

In California, before any abatement action is taken on a property due to code violations, the property owner is typically given notice and an opportunity to correct the violations. This is a fundamental part of ensuring due process. The specific procedure can vary by jurisdiction within the state,... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Municipal Law for California on
Q: this is about dog barking law complaint in a city,

I made a dog barking complaint in my city they took it but said that they cant do anything about it cause it takes 2 or more people for them to move forward with complaint because that is thier policy but the county and state law say 1 or more person to make a complaint.question is can a city make... View More

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answered on Feb 3, 2024

Under California law, cities are generally granted the authority to create local ordinances and policies to address specific issues within their jurisdiction. However, these local policies must not conflict with or override state or county laws. In your situation, if state and county laws... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: In California, can code enforcement cite & abate our RV for living in our RV if it's being used for storage only?

The city municipal code says it is unlawful to occupy any camp car or trailer for living or sleeping purposes in the city. If it's being used for storage only is that a violation? The code enforcement officer said it's a violation to occupy it, and stepping 1 foot into the trailer is... View More

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

In California, local municipal codes often regulate the use of RVs within city limits. If your city's code prohibits occupying camp cars or trailers for living or sleeping purposes, using the RV strictly for storage should not be a violation of this particular code. However, it's... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Can municipal utility in CA charge res. customers w/ identical condos in a building different electric base rates?

My condo building has 14 identical units. Local utility company implemented a new electric service billing method with a fixed base rate per EDU (Equivalent Dwelling Unit) plus a usage rate per kwh. To determine what an EDU is under their scheme, they took the average annual kwh for each customer... View More

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answered on Jan 25, 2024

Under California law, particularly referencing the California Public Utilities Code 453(a), utility companies are generally prohibited from discriminating between customers in similar circumstances. This includes charging different base rates for electricity to customers in identical living... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Rights and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Can county inspectors enter private property to do an inspection of a business onsite with no permission or warrant?

County inspectors arrived to my private property unannounced and walked past a closed gate with a posted "private property, no trespassing" sign and helped themselves to an inspection of an onsite business for code violations. They never even attempted to contact me beforehand, had no... View More

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answered on Jan 18, 2024

Under California law, county inspectors generally need either permission or an administrative warrant to enter private property for inspections. This is especially true for areas not open to the public or where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy. However, there are exceptions depending on... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Land Use & Zoning and Municipal Law for California on
Q: In California if code enforcement puts the wrong code number(s) on a citation they claim are being violated is it valid?

Code enforcement officers showed up unannounced recently, & proceeded to walk around the property asking questions and taking pictures. They were unprofessional and disrespectful, & making sarcastic comments. A few days later the owner of the property received citations for some... View More

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answered on Jan 16, 2024

In California, the validity of a code enforcement citation with incorrect code numbers can be a matter of legal interpretation. Generally, a minor clerical error, like a missing digit in a code number, does not automatically invalidate a citation. However, if the error prevents you from... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Municipal Law and Traffic Tickets for California on
Q: If I am driving without a license in my moms car who has a handicap registration can an officer tow my carp
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answered on Jan 14, 2024

In California, driving without a valid driver's license is a violation of vehicle code. If you are caught driving without a license, law enforcement has the discretion to tow the vehicle. This applies regardless of whether the car has a handicap registration or not.

The handicap...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Civil Rights and Municipal Law for California on
Q: If I'm being given temporary shelter in the form of a tent, at a city funded homeless site; can they exitme at any time?

Is there some reasonable amount of time that they by law have to give me? Since I have resided here for over 6 months?

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answered on Jan 13, 2024

Under California law, the rules governing city-funded homeless sites, including those offering temporary shelter like tents, can vary depending on the specific regulations of the city or the entity operating the shelter. Generally, these sites have their own set of rules and guidelines, which often... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Is it legal for the cops to tow your vehicle if your driving with no license and are homeless living in your vehicle?
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answered on Jan 13, 2024

Under California law, the legality of towing a vehicle in which someone is living, particularly if they are homeless and driving without a license, can be complex and depends on several factors. First, driving without a valid driver's license is illegal in California. If law enforcement stops... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Election Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Remedy if our compromised City Council kills a public hearing request on Term Limits that apply only to themselves?

Many residents sent the following to city leaders: Honorable Mayor and Council Members, I would like to request that you lead a discussion designed to place a Term Limit measure for City Council Members on the ballot this November. I request you add this issue to the public agenda of your next... View More

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answered on Jan 11, 2024

In California, if a city council decides not to hold a public hearing or advance a term limit measure despite public request, residents have several options to consider.

First, it's important to review the city's charter and municipal code. These documents often outline the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Municipal Law for California on
Q: If you have a rental car and it's TOWED for improper parking. who is responsible if all the items in the car are stolen?

Los Angeles County, California. The rental car was parked. Supposedly incorrectly parked. And It was towed. The rental company picked up the car from the tow yard, the car, it was empty.

All the Christmas presents were gone. as well as everything else in the car.

Who is... View More

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answered on Dec 31, 2023

In a situation where a rental car is towed in Los Angeles County and personal items inside are stolen, determining responsibility can be complex. Under California law, the primary responsibility often lies with the person who parked the car. If the car was parked improperly, leading to it being... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Municipal Law and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: Needing to understand the effect of part of a Municipal Zoning Ordinance, California.

"but excluding the last sentence of subsection 10.40.070.D.E, subsections 10.40.120.A.3.e and f, subsection 10.40.130.H and subsection 10.40.140.E.1.b which are not applicable" My question concerns the first part "10.40.070.D.E" There is NO subsection E of D. It is 99%... View More

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answered on Dec 26, 2023

Under California law, when interpreting a municipal zoning ordinance, the clarity and precision of the language used is key. If a part of the ordinance, such as "10.40.070.D.E", appears to contain a typographical error, it can create uncertainty in its application and enforcement.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for California on
Q: The Police impounded my trailer for not having a license plate. I had a temporary registration paper posted in window.

When I called the police dept. They told me they would give me a release paper. The impound yard still wanted me to pay the impound fees. I couldn't afford it and lost my trailer. Could I sue the police dept for impounding my trailer. It was registered and not parked illegally.

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answered on Dec 11, 2023

In California, if your trailer was impounded despite having a temporary registration displayed, you may have grounds to dispute the impoundment and the associated fees.

First, gather evidence of your trailer’s registration status at the time of the impoundment, including any temporary...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Can this ordinance be interpreted that no hunting is allowed. Santa Clara county

Sec. B14-34.3. - Grazing.

No person shall bring any animal upon Park Property for the purpose of grazing or holding animals without the express written consent of the Director.

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answered on Dec 4, 2023

The ordinance you're referring to, Santa Clara County Sec. B14-34.3, specifically addresses the issue of bringing animals onto park property for grazing or holding without permission from the Director. This ordinance is focused on the control of livestock or similar animals within park... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Personal Injury, Municipal Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Septic runoff major issue. 2 properties not including mine.

Sometime this year the apartments(8unit) up the alley had a septic issue and they let their entire waste water runoff into the alley and onto my property and just pretended like it didn't happen, for 3 days. My yard still smells because of it. Furthermore the apartment one closer to mine, (10... View More

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answered on Dec 3, 2023

In California, dealing with septic runoff and property damage caused by neighboring properties is a serious matter. First, document the damage and the runoff, including photos and any other evidence of the septic issue and the altered water flow causing damage. This documentation is crucial for any... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Construction Law, Wrongful Death and Municipal Law for California on
Q: How to file a lawsuit against the county
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answered on Dec 3, 2023

Filing a lawsuit against a county in California requires several specific steps. First, you need to determine the legal basis for your lawsuit. This involves identifying the specific actions or inactions by the county that you believe have harmed you and how they violated the law or your rights.... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Municipal Law and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: Should I contact my car insurance, or sue the owner of the parking garage? This happened in Orange County, CA.

I entered a parking garage and while looking for a spot the horizontal automatic gate closed on my car and caused damage to it. I wasn't moving at the time, my car was stopped in the middle of the gate while it was fully open. I was trying to beat the closing after another car went through,... View More

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answered on Dec 1, 2023

In California, your first step should be to contact your car insurance provider. They can guide you through the process of filing a claim for the damage to your vehicle. Your insurance company may also pursue subrogation, which means they might seek compensation from the parking garage owner if... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Why are off duty police officer working as partime security guard allowed to wear tax payer supplied uniforms ?

the apple store had 4 officers in uniform. they are not under the color of law because they are paid by the store yet have the credentials as police officers. either they are security or officers can you be both

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answered on Nov 30, 2023

In California, off-duty police officers are often allowed to wear their official uniforms while working as part-time security guards due to policies set by their respective police departments. These policies are generally designed to leverage the authority and recognition associated with the police... View More

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