Title 10
VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC
Chapter:
   10.05   General Provisions
   10.10   Definitions
   10.15   Operation of Vehicles
   10.20   Parking - Generally
   10.25   Parking Meters
   10.30   Preferential Parking Areas
   10.35   Pedestrians and Passengers
   10.40   Bicycles
   10.45   Coasting Devices - Public Areas
   10.50   Assessment of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Cost Recovery Fees
   10.52   Abandoned Vehicles
   10.55   Enforcement
Chapter 10.05
GENERAL PROVISIONS
Section:
10.05.010   Purpose.
10.05.020   Applicability.
10.05.030   Authority of the city council to adopt vehicle and traffic regulations.
10.05.040   Authority of the traffic committee of the city council to adopt vehicle and traffic regulations.
10.05.050   Authority of the director of public works to adopt vehicle and traffic regulations.
10.05.060   Authority of the fire chief to adopt vehicle and traffic regulations.
10.05.070   Functions of the parking place commission
10.05.080   Record of vehicle and traffic regulations.
10.05.090   Obedience to traffic control devices - Required.
10.05.100   Public employees to obey traffic regulations.
10.05.010   Purpose.
   This title is adopted pursuant to the municipal affairs provisions of the City Charter and the provisions of the California Vehicle Code for the purpose of establishing the organization, authority, duties and responsibilities for the administration of the traffic function within the city, providing an efficient and timely process for the consideration and implementation of traffic actions, adopting such rules and regulations as may be reasonable and necessary to regulate vehicles and traffic within the city, and enhancing the safety of pedestrians and other persons using the city's streets and sidewalks. 
(Ord. 2119)
10.05.020   Applicability.
   The provisions of this title shall apply to and govern the operation of vehicles, the movements of pedestrians and public transit passengers, the operation of bicycles, the actions of roller skaters, and the parking of vehicles within the city.
(Ord. 2119)
10.05.030   Authority of the city council to adopt vehicle and traffic regulations.
   A.   Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the city council shall have the sole and exclusive authority to adopt vehicle and traffic regulations which control or restrict use of the public streets, sidewalks, parking lots and other public ways and places within the city by the operators of vehicles, bicyclists, roller skaters, pedestrians and persons using other means of transport or travel; to cause the installation of traffic control devices necessary to implement such regulations; and to cause the preparation of the studies or performance of such other duties required to adopt such regulations or to install such devices. 
   B.   The city council's authority to adopt vehicle and traffic regulations shall include, but not be limited to, regulations which:
      1.   Designate streets as one-way streets.
      2.   Designate those street intersections in which the movement of traffic will be regulated by traffic signals.
      4.   Alter prima facie speed limits from those established in the California Vehicle Code in the manner provided in such code.
      5.   Authorize the installation of on-street and off-street parking meters.
      6.   Establish parking meter rates and determine the days and hours of meter operations.
      7.   Establish fees for vehicle parking permits.
   C.   When requested by the city manager or any member of the city council, the city council shall also have authority to review any vehicle and traffic regulation adopted by the traffic committee, the director or the fire chief in the manner hereinafter authorized by this section and either affirm the regulation, modify or amend the regulation, or reject or repeal the regulation.  In addition, at the request of the city manager or any member of the city council, the city council may consider and adopt any vehicle or traffic regulation within the authority of the traffic committee, the director or fire chief to adopt which the traffic committee, the director or fire chief has failed or refused to adopt.
   D.   The city council shall adopt vehicle and traffic regulations by ordinance when required by the California Vehicle Code. All other vehicle and traffic regulations may be adopted by the city council by resolution.
(Ord. 2119, Ord. 2364 §102)
10.05.040   Authority of the traffic committee of the city council to adopt vehicle and traffic regulations.
   A.   The  traffic committee shall be the internal affairs committee of the city council or such other committee of councilmembers which is designated by the city council to adopt the vehicle and traffic regulations hereinafter authorized by this Section.
   B.      The authority of the traffic committee adopt vehicle and traffic regulations shall include and be limited to authority to:
      1.   Designate or abolish prohibited parking areas.
      2.   Designate or abolish angle parking areas.
      3.   Designate or abolish police parking zones.
      4.   Designate or abolish bicycle parking zones.
      5.   Designate those streets upon which the use of commercial vehicles is prohibited.
      6.   Designate those street intersections in which the movement of traffic will be controlled by yield signs.
      7.   Designate those street intersections in which the movement of traffic will be controlled by stop signs.
      8.   Designate or abolish truck routes.
      9.   Designate or abolish limited curb parking zones.
      10.   Designate or abolish limited time parking areas.
      11.   Prohibit parking on the left hand side of one-way streets and on one-way portions of divided streets.
      12.   Prohibit parking on both sides of a narrow street or one side of a street when required by the street design criteria and improvement standards adopted by or pursuant to this code.
   C.   When requested by the city manager or any member of the city council, the traffic committee shall also have authority to review any vehicle and traffic regulation adopted by the director or fire chief in the manner hereinafter authorized by this chapter and either affirm the regulation, modify or amend the regulation, or reject or repeal the regulation.  In addition, at the request of the city manager or any member of the city council, the traffic committee may consider and adopt any vehicle or traffic regulation within the authority of the director or fire chief to adopt which the director or fire chief has failed or refused to adopt.
   D.   A vehicle or traffic regulation adopted or amended by the traffic committee shall become effective and be implemented no earlier than the 30th day following the date it was adopted unless the traffic committee finds that the regulation was adopted or amended to address a safety hazard constituting an emergency, in which case the regulation shall become effective and be implemented immediately following its adoption.
(Ord. 2119, Ord. 2364 §103)   
10.05.050   Authority of the Director to adopt vehicle and traffic regulations.
   A.   The director shall have the authority and responsibility for adopting the vehicle and traffic regulations, installing the traffic control devices, and performing the studies or taking such other actions required to adopt such regulations or install such devices as hereinafter provided for by this section. 
   B.   In all areas of the city other than those areas within the central traffic district, the authority of the director to adopt vehicle and traffic regulations shall include and be limited to authority to:
      1.   Determine the days and hours of operation of traffic signals, signs, markers and markings, and devices.
      2.   Determine the proper timing of traffic signals so as to assure the movement of traffic in a safe and orderly manner, which shall include the authority to vary slightly from California Vehicle Code speed limits in order to achieve such objectives.
      3.   Designate railroad stops.
      4.   Designate or abolish limited curb parking zones.
      5.   Designate or abolish special parking areas for two and three wheel vehicles.
      6.   Designate or abolish safety zones.
      7.   Designate or abolish loading zones.
      8.   Designate or abolish bus zones.
      9.   Designate temporary speed zones in and around the site of any construction work.
      10.   With the approval of the city manager, establish parking regulations applicable to  city property used for parking.
      11.   Prohibit left and right turns against a traffic signal showing a red light. 
      12.   Prohibit parking adjacent to schools when such parking would create traffic congestion or hazardous conditions for vehicles or pedestrians.
      13.   Prohibit parking at controlled intersections, or at any other hazardous area.
      14.   Prohibit parking of vehicles exceeding six feet in height at intersections or in other areas in order to facilitate visibility.
      15.   Temporarily prohibit parking during instances of construction activity or  emergency traffic congestion.
      16.   Install signs or other traffic control devices on or adjacent to streets to warn vehicles or pedestrians of dangerous or hazardous conditions to enhance their safety.
      17.   Install or remove permanent and temporary pavement delineations.
      18.   Install or remove turning markers and markings within or adjacent to intersections.
      19.   Install or remove restricted turn signs at intersections.
      20.   Install or remove parking space markings.
   C.   In all areas of the city within the central traffic district, the authority of the director to adopt vehicle and traffic regulations shall include and be limited to authority to:
      1.   Determine the proper timing of traffic signals so as to assure the movement of traffic in a safe and orderly manner, which shall include the authority to vary slightly from California Vehicle Code speed limits in order to achieve such objectives.
      2.   Designate temporary speed zones in and around the site of any construction work.
      3.   With the approval of the city manager, establish parking regulations within the municipal center.
      4.   Prohibit parking of vehicles exceeding six feet in height at intersections or in other areas in order to facilitate visibility.
      5.   Temporarily prohibit parking during instances of construction activity or emergency traffic congestion, or parades, athletic events or public assemblies authorized by a permit issued pursuant to Title 14 of this code.
      6.   Install signs or other traffic control devices on or adjacent to streets to warn vehicles or pedestrians of dangerous or hazardous conditions to enhance their safety.
   D.   The director shall also have the responsibility for installing such other signs, markings, and traffic control devices as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this title and any vehicle or traffic regulation adopted by the city council or the traffic committee in the manner hereinbefore provided by this chapter.
   E.   A vehicle or traffic regulation adopted by the director shall become effective and be implemented no earlier than the 30th day following the date it is entered in the record of traffic regulations and traffic control devices to be maintained by the director in the manner hereinafter required by this chapter unless the director makes a written finding that the regulation was adopted to address a safety hazard constituting an emergency, in which case the regulation shall become effective and be implemented immediately following the date that the regulation was entered in the record of traffic regulations and traffic control devices. 
(Ord. 2119, Ord. 2364 §104)   
10.05.060   Authority of the fire chief to adopt vehicle and traffic regulations. 
   A.   The fire chief shall have the authority and responsibility for adopting regulations designating fire lanes within the city, and for performing such studies and taking such other actions as may be necessary to adopt or implement such regulations.
   B.   A regulation adopted by the fire chief designating a fire lane shall become effective and be implemented no earlier than the 30th day following the date it is entered in the record of traffic regulations and traffic control devices to be maintained by the director in the manner hereinafter required by this chapter unless the fire chief makes a written finding that the regulation was adopted to address a safety hazard constituting an emergency, in which case the regulation shall become effective and be implemented immediately following the date that the regulation was entered in the record of traffic regulations and traffic control devices.
(Ord. 2119, Ord. 2364 §105)   
10.05.070   Functions of the parking place commission.
   Repealed by Ordinance 2364 §106
(Ord. 2119)
10.05.080   Record of vehicle and traffic regulations.
   The director shall maintain a permanent record of all traffic regulations and traffic control devices which are adopted or authorized by the city council, the traffic committee, the director or the fire chief in the manner provided by this chapter.  Such record shall include a description of each such regulation and/or device, the location of any such device, the date the regulation or device was authorized, and the identity of the entity or person adopting or authorizing the regulation or device.
(Ord. 2119, Ord. 2364 §107)
10.05.090   Obedience to traffic control devices - Required.
   Whenever a vehicle or traffic regulation has been adopted by or pursuant to this title or the provisions of the Vehicle Code, it shall be unlawful for any person to fail to comply with such regulation unless such person is otherwise specifically exempted from complying with the regulation by this code, the Vehicle Code, or any other applicable law or regulation.
(Ord. 2119)
10.05.100   Public employees to obey traffic regulations.
   The vehicle and traffic regulations adopted by or pursuant to this title shall apply to the driver of any vehicle owned by or used in the service of the United States government, this state and any county or city, unless any such vehicle is specifically exempted from such provisions by this code, the Vehicle Code or any other applicable law or regulation.
(Ord. 2119)