Homeless Shopping Cart Code Enforcement In Visalia - KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

Homeless Shopping Cart Code Enforcement In Visalia

The City of Visalia has found a way to corral shopping carts pushed off store parking lots and the 3-week old city ordinance is now being enforced.

Because of the ordinance, homeless people pushing shopping carts in Visalia will soon be a thing of the past.

The new city ordinance gives police the power to confiscate shopping carts that have been taken from a retailer.

At the oval, a popular public park where homeless people like to hang out, KMPH saw only a couple of shopping carts.

Visalia Vice Mayor, Steve Nelsen, says code enforcement is doing it with a friendly approach and it's being well received. "That homeless person's whole life is in that cart, so we're trying to be compassionate; we're explaining to them why we're doing it."

This week the City of Visalia has removed 30 carts from homeless people in the parks and 38 from city streets.

Visalia resident Ted Rose says he supports the ordinance. "It's a good thing. It's an eyesore to the public. They [the homeless] need to stop hoarding things and travel light if they're going to be homeless."

Homeless people have two options after surrendering their carts: They can put their personal property in a heavy duty bag provided by the city or they can store their valuables in containers at the rescue mission.

The City of Visalia hopes the new ordinance will get shopping carts off the streets and back in supermarket and retail store parking lots where they belong.

The ordinance also makes store owners responsible and they face fines of $50 if stray carts are not collected in 3 business days. Fines will also be assessed if more than ten carts from a store are retrieved within a 30-day period.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Former 'Cops' TV Show Crew Member Talks About Omaha Police Shooting

    Former 'Cops' TV Show Crew Member Talks About Omaha Police Shooting

    A crew member for the TV show "Cops" died after he was shot by police while filming Omaha, Nebraska officers responding to an armed robbery Tuesday night.Police say 38-year-old Bryce Dion, a sound man working for the showwas shot once during a shootout between three officers and one suspect in a Wendy's restaurant.News of the shooting hits close to home here in the valley.Several former television news photographers went on to work for the show at one time or another.Many were recruited by o...More >>
    A crew member for the TV show "Cops" died after he was shot by police while filming Omaha, Nebraska officers responding to an armed robbery Tuesday night.Police say 38-year-old Bryce Dion, a sound man working for the showwas shot once during a shootout between three officers and one suspect in a Wendy's restaurant.News of the shooting hits close to home here in the valley.Several former television news photographers went on to work for the show at one time or another.Many were recruited by o...More >>
  • SCAM ALERT: Thieves Are Targeting The Elderly, How To Avoid Being A Victim

    SCAM ALERT: Thieves Are Targeting The Elderly, How To Avoid Being A Victim

    There's another scam alert you need to be aware of. This one involves thieves telling elderly victims they won a million dollars and then taking their money instead.
    More >>
    There's another scam alert you need to be aware of. This one involves thieves telling elderly victims they won a million dollars and then taking their money instead.

    More >>
  • Clovis Unified Baseball Coach Recovering From West Nile

    Clovis Unified Baseball Coach Recovering From West Nile

    Clovis Unified Teacher and Coach Tim Thiessen has been in the fight for his life against the West Nile Virus. But he's on the mend and KMPH Fox 26 News spent Wednesday afternoon talking about his recovery at San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital."Well I'm coming back. Praise God I'm coming back." Thiessen is a man of faith who spent nearly the entire month of August battling West Nile. Thiessen was in Southern California at a baseball clinic when he began to feel ill. "The ceiling starte...More >>
    Clovis Unified Teacher and Coach Tim Thiessen has been in the fight for his life against the West Nile Virus. But he's on the mend and KMPH Fox 26 News spent Wednesday afternoon talking about his recovery at San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital."Well I'm coming back. Praise God I'm coming back." Thiessen is a man of faith who spent nearly the entire month of August battling West Nile. Thiessen was in Southern California at a baseball clinic when he began to feel ill. "The ceiling starte...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KMPH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.