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A. It is unlawful for any person within the corporate limits of the city to write, mark, cut, draw, paint, post or otherwise make, leave, put up or expose to public view any obscene, lewd or indecent word, line, sentence, phrase, picture, painting, drawing, caricature, poster, or a combination thereof, upon any building, bulletin board, post, pole, fence, billboard, walk, pavement, wall or vehicle, or, within the corporate limits of the city, sell, expose or offer for sale, circulate, distribute, or expose, or offer for circulation or distribution, whether for gain or gratuity, any obscene, lewd or indecent book, pamphlet, circular, periodical, magazine, paper, picture, drawing, painting, poster or caricature.
B. A thing is obscene if, considered as a whole, its predominant appeal is to prurient interest, that is, a shameful or morbid interest in nudity, sex or excretion, and if it goes substantially beyond customary limits of candor in description or representation of such matters. (1977 Code § 9.20.010; amd. Ord. 3609, 4-13- 2020)