CHAPTER 20. STREETS AND SIDEWALKS.*
Article I. General Provisions.
Sec. 20-1-2. Definitions.
For purposes of this chapter, certain words and phrases shall be defined
Alley means a public thoroughfare less than thirty feet
in width, which affords only a secondary means of access to abutting
Curb means the portion of the roadway primarily constructed
for the use containing, controlling and directing surface runoff water to
inlets, catch basins, outlet ditches and other drainage control features, and
for defining the limits of the roadway to confine vehicular traffic to the
Curb return means the point at which the curb along a
certain radius meets the curb tangent to that radius.
Director of public
works means the city engineer or his or her designee.
a means of vehicular access from private property to a roadway which traverses
public right-of-way, more specifically defined as follows:
driveway: A driveway used primarily by commercial vehicles, or for commercial
purposes, serving a business establishment; all driveways other than residential
(2) Residential driveway: A driveway used primarily by private
passenger vehicles serving residential properties.
means the sloping area of sidewalk and/or curb which transitions from the
roadway to the full height curb.
Encroach or encroachments means
going over, upon or under, or using a right-of-way or watercourse in such a
manner as to prevent, obstruct, or interfere with its normal use, including, but
not limited to, the performance thereon of any of the following
(1) Excavating, filling or disturbing the right-of-way or
(2) Erecting or maintaining any flag, banner, post, sign pole,
fence, guardrail, loading platform, pipe, conduit, wire or other structure on,
over or under a right-of-way or watercourse;
(3) Constructing, placing, or
maintaining on, over under or within a right-of-way any pathway, sidewalk,
driveway, curb, gutter, paving, or other surface or subsurface drainage
structure or facility;
(4) Travel on a right-of-way by any vehicle or
combination of vehicles or object of dimension, weight or other characteristic
prohibited by law without a permit;
(5) Lighting or building a fire within a
right-of-way or watercourse;
(6) Placing or leaving on a right-of-way or
watercourse any materials including but not limited to rubbish, construction
spoil, earth, metal objects, concrete or sod;
(7) Planting any tree, shrub,
grass, or other living thing (except for weeds) within a right-of-way or
(8) Constructing, placing, planting or maintaining any
structure, embankment, excavation, tree or other object adjacent to, over or
under a right-of-way or watercourse which causes or will cause an
Low-profile curb means a curb which has a nonvertical
face, usually angled, to allow vehicles to go over the curb
Modular newsrack means a newsrack containing two or more
publications within a single unit.
Newsrack means any self-service or
coin-operated box, container, storage unit, fixture or other dispenser
installed, used or maintained for the display and sale or other distribution of
one or more newspapers, periodicals or other publications.
means any person, firm or corporation that proposes to do work, or encroach
upon a right-of-way or watercourse or to drill and maintain a groundwater
monitoring bill and has been issued a permit for such encroachment by the
director of public works.
Private contract means a contract between
two or more parties for the installation, construction, revision, operation or
creation of an encroachment, to which contract the city is not a
Right-of-way means land which by deed, conveyance, agreement,
easement, dedication, usage or process of law is reserved for and dedicated to
the general public for street, highway, alley, public utility, storm drainage,
water, sanitary sewer, sidewalk, bikeway or pedestrian walkway
Roadway means that portion of the right-of-way improved,
designed and ordinarily used for vehicular traffic.
any area provided for the exclusive use of pedestrians, including planting areas
or parking strips, between the public roadway and adjacent property
State or federal route means a roadway which is under the
jurisdiction of the state of California or the United States.
means a public thoroughfare thirty feet or more in width, other than an
alley, which affords the principal means of access to abutting
Watercourse means a channel having bed and banks for the
carrying of water, including both natural and artificial water courses. (Ord.
No. 1201, § 2 (part).)