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Archived News Release from 2010

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City Council Approves New Ordinance Related to Downtown Courthouse Square

Redwood City, CA - January 14, 2010 - At its meeting on January 11th, the City Council of Redwood City gave final approval to a new ordinance containing policies, procedures, and guidelines for the use of the City’s Downtown Courthouse Square. The purpose of the ordinance is to help consistently determine when an event permit is required, to support the management of this community facility, and to ensure public safety and enjoyment of Courthouse Square. It takes effect February 10th. The original staff report and ordinance can be viewed online.

The ordinance contains language prohibiting specific activities such as smoking, skateboarding, and bicycling on the Square, and will provide necessary enforcement tools to address unacceptable and/or inappropriate or destructive behaviors. The regulation banning smoking at Courthouse Square is similar to the prohibition of smoking at all City parks, which was enacted last year.

Permit requirements for events at Courthouse Square, for the protection of the public's health, safety, and welfare, are also included. Administrative Guidelines in the ordinance describe the policies and procedures for permitted events at Courthouse Square including the application process, financial and legal responsibilities, police department and fire department requirements, and other aspects. The guidelines also outline the fees associated with event permitting at Courthouse Square, including application fees, permit fees, and cleaning and damage deposits.

Redwood City’s beautiful Courthouse Square has become the true centerpiece of our Downtown, and the “living room” of the entire community. With hundreds of concerts, plays, festivals, art shows, movies, and family events, along with restaurants, shops, services, and much more, Courthouse Square is also a very desirable regional destination. This new ordinance will provide a framework for ensuring the enjoyment, convenience, and safety of everyone who utilizes this wonderful community asset. As the managers of Courthouse Square, Redwood City is most interested ensuring that the community have an enjoyable and safe experience, every time they join their friends and neighbors Downtown at Courthouse Square.

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Lori Popovich
Redwood City Redevelopment Agency


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