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Yee’s illegal car sales bill in governor’s hands

By rgordon
Monday, July 9th, 2007 at 7:34 pm in Uncategorized.

State Sen. Leland Yee’s bill to curb car sales along El Camino Real has just one more stop before it becomes law: the governor’s desk.

The California State Senate today sent Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a bill to give local law enforcement agencies the same authority granted to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to prohibit used car sales on state roads, such as El Camino Real and San Francisco’s 19th Avenue.

Once Schwarzenegger receives the bill, SB 279, he will have twelve days to sign or veto it.

SB 279 is Yee’s first bill to pass the Legislature this session and his first as a state senator.

“I am proud that our first successful bill in the Senate is one that protects the interest of the Peninsula,” Yee said in a statement. “These illegal used car sales are causing congestion and creating a public nuisance, safety hazard, and problems for businesses, pedestrians and bicyclists. I urge the governor to swiftly sign this bill into law.”

Officials in cities such as Millbrae have said that the outfits that use parking along El Camino Real as a used car salesroom are a nuisance, safety hazard, and detract from local businesses.

The law already prohibits this type of activity and deems it a public nuisance, but does not allow local police the ability to tow offending cars. SB 279 clarifies the Streets and Highways Code to state that local police offices and sheriffs’ offices may also enforce the code.

The bill passed by a 68-7 vote in the Assembly and a 29-7 vote in the Senate.

Hear Yee talk more about his bill here. Apple QuickTime is required.

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