May 20, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Down on the Corner: New noise ordinance enables free speech on streets across the city

By Jennifer Eden

 

In a move to correct a perceived infringement to the U.S. Constitution, Santa Monica City Council adopted a new Noise Ordinance amendment Tuesday enabling free speech rights across the city.

The change “simply removes the presumption of a violation when the exercise of free speech happens in an already noisy location,” explained Councilmember Kevin McKeown, however the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and several business and resident groups did not agree with the move.

“The Chamber Board of Directors has voted to oppose this change, because we believe that exempting specific areas from the important protections that our noise ordinance provides is unfair to our residents, visitors, employees and local businesses,” Carl Hansen, Director of Government Affairs at Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, wrote in an email to members.

The amendment exempts any non-commercial activity on outdoor public property that occurs between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., not including the Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade that does not immediately abut any exclusively residential use. The exemption would not apply when the non-commercial free speech creates excessive noise at a nearby permanent residence, hospital, or school.

“This language is intended to account for the fact that residential property can be constructed in virtually any land use zone within the city and many commercial areas already include mixed uses,” according to the staff report on the matter.

“Additionally, regardless of local law, Police officers would still enforce state law’s noise regulations, including California Penal Code Section 415’s prohibition against ‘disturbing the peace,’” the staff report stated.

The change was prompted when the American Civil Liberties Union wrote to City Council, “politely pointing out that our law appeared to infringe on free speech rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, so we have now made appropriate amendments,” McKeown explained.

noise

Related Posts

Film Review: The Northman

May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022

FILM REVIEWTHE NORTHMANRated R137 MinutesReleased April 22nd If the Vikings of 800-1000 AD had the technology, The Northman is the...

Murray Mednick’s “Three Tables”- Existentialism Meets Theatre of the Absurd

May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022

Murray Mednick’s THREE TABLES is the newest work from the famous poet/playwright who spearheaded New York’s off-off-Broadway movement in the...

Film Review: “The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent”

April 27, 2022

April 27, 2022

FILM REVIEWTHE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENTRated R107 MinutesReleased April 22nd Watching The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, I got...

Santa Monica Auctions Showcasing World Class Fine Art at Bergamot Station Auction event.

April 22, 2022

April 22, 2022

Santa Monica Auctions is hosting its bi-annual live outdoor art auction on May 15th at Bergamot Station Arts Center. See...

Help Recruiting for Good Give Back and Join the Fun at the Sweetest Earth Day Parties Ever

April 20, 2022

April 20, 2022

By Susan Payne  Earth Day is around the corner.  For Carlos Cymerman, founder of Recruiting for Good, that means the...

Santa Monica Bead & Design Show Returns to the Fairmont Miramar!

April 13, 2022

April 13, 2022

The Santa Monica Bead & Design Show will showcase a fine selection of handcraft and artisan supplies at the Fairmont...

Santa Monica to Host Venice Family Clinic’s Art Walk & Auction Gallery

April 1, 2022

April 1, 2022

43rd annual Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction re-emerges with an art gallery and NFT auction April 15 –...

Honoring Women’s History Month With ‘Yarn Bomb’ Art Exhibit at Village Green

March 23, 2022

March 23, 2022

Local Palisadian Michelle Villemaire creates the sixth annual ‘Yarn Bomb’ exhibit at Village Green Park. See the exhibit in this...

Local Artists Honored at Legendary Women of Venice Awards

March 22, 2022

March 22, 2022

Venice Art Crawl hosts the 3rd annual Legendary Women of Venice Awards, find out who was honored in this video...

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Stairway of the Stars Returns for in-Person Concert

March 16, 2022

March 16, 2022

March 19 concert will feature nearly 900 elementary, middle, and high school students By Sam Catanzaro For the first time...

Young Musicians Take the Stage at John Adams Middle School for the First Time Since March 2020

March 2, 2022

March 2, 2022

Over 150 students in grades 3–8 will be performing across six different large ensembles Nearly two years after the pandemic...

Interview With Aero Theatre’s Gwen Deglise

February 22, 2022

February 22, 2022

American Cinematheque’s Gwen Deglise talks about what the theatre has to offer community By Dolores Quintana The Aero Theatre at...