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'174 <br /> <br />ORDINANCE NO. NS -2360 <br /> <br /> AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF SANTA <br />ANA ADDING SECTIONS 10-181 THROUGH 10-186 <br />TO THE SANTA ANA MUNICIPAL CODE TO <br />PROHIBIT ANY MINOR FROM REMAINING IN ANY <br />PUBLIC PLACE BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 10:00 <br />P.M. AND 6:00 A.M. WITH CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS. <br /> <br /> THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ANA DOES ORDAIN AS <br />FOLLOWS: <br /> <br /> SECTION 1: That the Santa Ana Municipal Code is hereby amended by adding <br />sections 10-181 through 10-188. <br /> <br />Sec. 10-181. Night time Curfew; Purpose and Intent <br /> <br /> (a) The City Council finds and determines as follows: <br /> <br /> 1. The City of Santa Ana, under the police power delegated to it by the <br /> Constitution of the State of California, has the authority to enact <br /> legislation when the potential exists for jeopardy to the public health, <br /> safety and general welfare of its citizens. <br /> <br /> 2. The Council of the City of Santa Ana is concerned with the level of <br /> juvenile violence, juvenile gang activity, juvenile crime in the City of <br /> Santa Ana. <br /> <br /> 3. The crimes committed by juveniles include serious offences such as <br /> murders, drive-by shootings, drug related crimes and other gang related <br /> activity. <br /> <br /> 4. The ability to make reasoned judgements, resist peer pressure and <br /> understand the consequences of improper conduct increase with age, <br /> knowledge and experience, all of which are likely to increase as a person <br /> grows older, therefore the justification of the application of the curfew to <br /> minor's, but not adults. <br /> <br /> 5. Juveniles are particularly susceptible, by their lack of maturity and <br /> experience, to participation in unlawful and gang related activities and to <br /> be victims of older perpetrators of crime. <br /> <br /> 6. Recent local statistics regarding juvenile crime and victimization indicate <br /> that enforcement of a curfew for juveniles decreases the percentage of <br /> juvenile victimization and increases the number of arrests for violent <br /> crimes during curfew hours. <br /> <br /> <br />