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tools for staff to aggressively enforce the City's registration and maintenance <br /> program, requiring the posting of bonds by property owners and installation of <br /> fencing on all vacant properties; and <br /> G. The City Council finds that the implementation of the following changes and <br /> additions will assist the City in protecting neighborhoods from the negative <br /> impacts and conditions that occur as a result of vacancy, absentee ownership <br /> and lack of compliance with City regulations and laws. <br /> SECTION 2. The adoption of this ordinance is exempt from the California <br /> Environmental Quality Act and a Notice of Exemption will be filed after this ordinance is <br /> adopted. <br /> SECTION 3. Division 3, Article X, of Chapter 8 of the Santa Ana Municipal <br /> Code is hereby amended and restated such that it reads as follows: <br /> DIVISION 3. - REGISTRATION AND MAINTENANCE OF ABANDONED, VACANT <br /> AND/OR DEFAULTED MORTGAGE PROPERTIES <br /> Sec. 8-1982. Purpose. <br /> It is the intent of the city council, through the adoption of this division, to establish <br /> a mechanism to protect neighborhoods from becoming blighted through the lack of <br /> maintenance and security of abandoned, defaulted and/or vacant properties; to establish <br /> a property registration program for such properties, and to set forth guidelines for the <br /> maintenance of such properties. <br /> Sec. 8-1983. Definitions. <br /> For the purpose of this division the following terms, phrases and words, shall <br /> have the meaning set forth below: <br /> "Abandoned" means any real property that is: (1 ) vacant or shows evidence of <br /> vacancy, (2) is subject to a current notice of default and/or notice of trustee's sale, <br /> pending tax assessors lien sale and/or(3) is the subject of a foreclosure sale resulting <br /> in the acquisition of title by an interested beneficiary of a deed of trust, and/or(4) was <br /> conveyed to the current owner under a deed in lieu of foreclosure/sale. <br /> "Abatement order" means a notice of violation, notice and order, or <br /> administrative citation. As used in this chapter, the terms "abate" and "abatement" <br /> means action to repair, replace, remove, destroy, terminate, or otherwise remedy the <br /> condition or activity in question by such means and in such manner as is necessary <br /> in the interests of the health, safety or welfare of the public. (Section 17-4) <br /> "Accessible property" means real property that is accessible to the public, <br /> either, in general or through an open and unsecured door, window, gate fence, wall, <br /> Ordinance No. NS-2993 <br /> Page 2 of 17 <br />