Ordinance Set to Ban Commercial E-Scooters

San Marino is poised to fully ban shared mobility devices — popularly called e-scooters — assuming a second reading of an ordinance passes without a hitch or substantial changes at next month’s City Council meeting.
Cities in Los Angeles County have taken differing approaches to the e-scooters’ arrival, with some approving pilot programs to work with manufacturers to develop guidelines for the devices’ use in their communities, and others banning them outright. Although the scooters are popular for their convenience — most can be rented for low prices via mobile app — and usefulness for short, quick trips, some see them as congesting roadways and sidewalks and exacerbating motorist and pedestrian safety issues.
“I am in favor of this wholeheartedly,” said Councilman Steve Talt, preceding the unanimous vote of approval on the ordinance. It addresses commercial devices only, as personally owned scooters are legal for street use up to certain speed limits.
The ordinance mirrors those approved by Manhattan Beach and Beverly Hills, said City Attorney Steven Flower, whose law firm also represents those cities. At least one e-scooter company is contesting Beverly Hills’ ban in court; Flower said that would likely be the first major legal test for municipal regulations against the devices.
Flower added he would be able to modify San Marino’s ordinance quickly, depending on the outcome of that case.
Any such devices found in San Marino would be impounded by the San Marino Police Department and their companies subject to impoundment and storage fees.
In other business, City Manager Marcella Marlowe will move forward with a peafowl abatement program at the informal direction of the City Council, as she has authority to spend up to $30,000 without having to codify action through the council.
Peafowl, which residents consider a nuisance because of their droppings, propensity to damage vehicles and loud shrieking calls, will be tracked down, captured and removed to municipalities that want the birds because their residents actually approve of the creatures’ aesthetic.
The city also has published ways that residents can mitigate the peafowl issue, including a list of plants the birds enjoy — so that residents might avoid having such vegetation.

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