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3. Transit Stops <br />Transit stops require unimpeded accessibility to and from the transit stops <br />for commuters. Anyone loitering around transit stops may impede access <br />or create potential trip hazards for commuters. Furthermore, when <br />someone is standing close to the curb in a transit stop, transit operators <br />may be forced to stop away from the actual transit stop at a location that <br />is not ADA compliant or further away from the curb. Public Utilities Code <br />Section 99170 considers this type of conduct to be unlawful. <br />4. Parkways <br />Parkways are located adjacent to active vehicular travel lanes. There is <br />an inherent traffic safety risk standing on a parkway with vehicles passing <br />adjacent at high speeds. Standing too close to active traffic lanes further <br />creates safety risks for a pedestrian in the event of tripping, losing their <br />balance, or becoming unconscious and involuntarily falling into active <br />traffic lanes. In addition, any person loitering around a parkway may block <br />the line of sight or distract motorists while driving through the area. <br />C. Pertinent Santa Ana Police Department Reports <br />1. In 2017, the Santa Ana Police Department responded to over 930 <br />calls for service reporting pedestrians in and out of the roadway, <br />causing traffic hazards. All of these calls necessitated a lights and <br />siren emergency response to the location to remove the endangered <br />pedestrian(s) and to protect individuals attempting to lawfully utilize <br />the roadway from becoming involved in a collision. Of these calls for <br />service, on average over 70% of these were solicitor -related. <br />2. The Santa Ana Police Department has also responded to the following <br />incidents regarding aggressive or intrusive solicitation: <br />a. On April 17, 2017, at 3:20 p.m., an aggressive solicitor was asked <br />to leave a grocery store. Instead of leaving, the individual produced <br />a knife, proceeded to stand in the doorway of the market, and <br />threatened employees with a knife. After police officers arrived, the <br />individual refused lawful orders and assaulted officers and a police <br />dog. <br />b. On June 10, 2017, at 4:50 p.m., an aggressive solicitor was <br />causing a disturbance at a private event being held at a coffee <br />shop in Downtown Santa Ana. The individual failed to leave the <br />area after being directed by a security officer, and subsequently <br />entered the coffee shop, began screaming incoherently, picked up <br />a metal chair and assaulted responding police officers. <br />Ordinance No. NS -2945 <br />Page 2 of 9 <br />