SECTION 370. Anything which is injurious to health, or is indecent, or offensive to the senses, or an obstruction to the free use of property, so as to interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property by an entire community or neighborhood, or by any considerable number of persons, or unlawfully obstructs the free passage or use, in the customary manner, of any navigable lake, or river, bay, stream, canal, or basin, or any public park, square, street, or highway, is a public nuisance .
SECTION 371. An act which affects an entire community or neighborhood, or any considerable number of persons, as specified in the last section, is not less a nuisance because the extent of the annoyance or damage inflicted upon individuals is unequal.
SECTION 3479. Anything which is injurious to health, including, but not limited to, the illegal sale of controlled substances, or is indecent or offensive to the senses, or an obstruction to the free use of property, so as to interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property, or unlawfully obstructs the free passage or use, in the customary manner, of any navigable lake, or river, bay, stream,canal, or basin, or any public park, square, street, or highway, is a nuisance.
P ublic Nuisance means any condition caused, maintained or permitted to exist which constitutes a threat to the public’s health, safety and welfare or which significantly obstructs, injures or interferes with the reasonable or free use of property in a neighborhood, community or to any considerable number of persons. A public nuisance also has the same meaning as set forth in California Civil Code Section 3479.
PUBLIC HAZARDS AND PUBLIC NUISANCE
SECTION 54.0401 et seq. Governs the Vacant Properties Program
Economic - less property tax revenue for the municipality, 5% property value reduction to adjacent parcels/properties; no cost recovery mechanism available for city services provided due to owner’s neglect; lending industry financial requirements restricts small lot development
Regulatory – outdated, ineffective policy for maintenance and redevelopment on both City owned and privately owned parcels/loophole; restrictive development requirements/ excessive fees hinders development; entitlement process not worth doing on small parcels/small profit margin
Physical - traffic patterns over time by-pass the parcel, adversely impacting its future development; break in the continuity of the urban fabric and established commercial activity patterns, micro economies and small businesses synergy
Collective public memory - they become a blind spot or invisible to those not adversely/directly impacted by them
Quality of life - vacancy is a nuisance, promotes sense of fear and potential encounters with unsanitary conditions; adverse impact on residential neighborhood life and pedestrian activity in business corridor