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    Councilwoman Reyes Uranga Wants City Mgr. Report on Food Distribution -- Including in Parks -- & Strategy To Protect Public Safety & Minimize City Costs

    (April 1, 2005) -- 7th district Councilwoman Tonia Reyes Uranga has agendized an item for the April 5 Council meeting that seeks a report from the City Manager on food distribution -- including in parks -- and a strategy to protect public safety and minimize city costs.

    "Community members have expressed concerns regarding various organizations providing food distributions at City parks and public spaces," the Councilwoman's memo says. posts the complete agendizing memo text below.

    The City of Long Beach 2010 Strategic Plan calls for providing high quality and well-maintained public infrastructure, parks and public facilities in each neighborhood (N4) and eliminating common neighborhood nuisances (S5).

    Community members have expressed concerns regarding various organizations providing food distributions at City parks and public spaces.

    It is my understanding that the enforcement of the Cityís health regulations is under the responsibility of the Department of Health and Human Services. Their mission includes ensuring that "the conditions affecting the publicís health afford an environment in which to live, work and play." It is important for the City to develop policies regarding the use of public spaces by food and social service providers to minimize health and safety hazards to the general public.

    I would like to request a report regarding the on-going efforts to regulate the distribution of food and services at City parks and public spaces. The report should include the participation of the City Attorney and City Prosecutor to develop a Citywide policy for the enforcement of State and Local regulations pertaining to individuals and organizations permitted to distribute food three times in a 90-day period. I strongly believe that this is necessary to limit the Cityís exposure for costs associated with these programs while maintaining every personís right to legal assembly and freedom of speech and expression.

    Suggested Action: Request a report from the City Manager on food distributions in the City and prepare a strategy to ensure a consistent process to protect public safety and minimize City costs.

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