Skip to comments.Long Beach Eyes Crackdown On Ice Cream Truck ‘Nuisance’
Posted on 07/04/2013 2:40:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin
LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) The ice cream man could be silenced once the fireworks are over this Fourth of July if one Long Beach city official has his way.
Councilman Dee Andrews is expected to introduce a plan at next weeks Long Beach City Council meeting to regulate the noise of local ice cream trucks.
Andrews will request that the City Attorney amend the municipal code to specially address what he described as the nuisance that Ice Cream Trucks create. The proposal also would prohibit ice cream trucks from broadcasting any amplified music while parked and dispensing ice cream.
The motion comes after Andrews received complaints from residents throughout the years about the noise level created by idle ice cream trucks, especially in the mid-city areas.
According to Andrews, residents peace and quiet is disrupted by a constant procession of trucks playing various songs at high volume levels and can be heard throughout the day and into the evening hours for several blocks.
In several cases, an additional ice cream truck will follow the first one and the cycle repeats all through the day, he added.
Currently, there are no laws on the books regulating the trucks from playing music while they are parked. To keep trucks in compliance within the noise regulations, one of the enforcement mechanism for the strengthening of the noise ordinance with be administered through the Business License Department, said Councilman Andrews.
At least one resident was in favor of the proposal.
I have been living in the Wrigley Neighborhood for 7 years. Each year, the Ice Cream Truck noise gets louder and the trucks increase in numbers, said district resident Sam Portillo. It has definitely affected my quality of life for years and I am thankful that something is being proposed to address the problem.
Andrews was expected to introduce the agenda item at the City Council meeting on July 9.
Just another piece of bothersome Americana.
Well then by God create one! Because we all know that is a prioirity we haven't even begun to think about.
Those awful ice cream trucks. Next thing you know they will try to ban Kool Aid stands. Oh wait...
"New laws are always a 'good idea' until the first time you have to enforce them." - Unknown
I swear some people just don’t have enough to complain about. Maybe they ought to move to Detroit and complain about the rundown state of the city.
I am not sure why the already on the books noise level ordinances and nuisance ordinances cannot deal with this anyway. Probably really don’t need more, just enforce what’s already there. As noise ordinances generally only come into play during a period of the night time, they could probably use the current nuisance ordinance to deal with it without creating another one.
And I am for nuisance ordinances and noise level ordinances. My rights end where they infringe on someone else’s and vice versa. If we’re all in a fixed confined neighborhood space I don’t have a right to drive them nuts with noise and neither do they. I don’t have a right to drive them out of the neighborhood with deliberate or not noise and neither do they.
I just pray that my dogs never figure out that there’s ice cream in those trucks.
I personally don’t like ice cream trucks and their nnoise pollution.
Andrews is obviously not the local Good Humor guy.
You can have my ice cream pop when you pry it from my live cold hands
Our trucks have ‘frosty paws’ on board for the dogs too...LOL...
I don’t see a problem with the trucks...even hearing one makes me smile.
Every type of food maker should be able to run his own vending business out of a vehicle, stationary or not, just not one that comes through 6 or 7 times a day blaring tinkly Christmas tunes in July. Another reason to hate summer. :) The cool weather this year in Indiana has at least slowed them down here quite a bit.
Pimp my Paletas cart.
There is one truck that come though the neighbor that has a really annoying song playing. The song stops and “hello” in a even more annoying voice. Some trucks will turn off the music when they stop. One day while think about how annoying their tape was moved with compassion for the driver. He comes by and is gone in about 30 sec. The driver has to listen to that all day long.
Just what California needs, more job-killing regulations.
I honestly couldn't imagine having to listen to "Turkey in the Straw" all day long, every single day. Never really thought about this.
Though I suspect the ice cream trucks in Long Beach are probably blaring something different.
When the ice cream truck came through our quiet suburban neighborhood, playing its song (which was more like a circus song back then), all of the neighborhood kids, including myself, first ran into our house to get a few coins for an ice cream bar or cone, and then ran out of the house as fast as we could to get to the ice cream truck before it drove on. I don’t understand why anyone would get so bent out of shape. The trucks didn’t stay that long in a neighborhood, and then they were gone for the day. Maybe it’s different now.
Now, it’s no coinage to buy them. Ran across an ice cream in a neighboring town (they are banned in my city) and decided to get myself and my kids an ice cream. For me and four kids it was just over $20. Some even take visa/mastercard!
They must hear it in their dreams.
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