Bee Investigator: Keeping up with cart theft in Modesto isn't easy By Sue Nowicki email@example.com Monday, May. 13, 2013 Monday, May. 13, 2013 By Sue Nowicki MODESTO --
If you've lived in Modesto for long, you've probably noticed shopping carts left everywhere — in parks, on sidewalks, in neighborhoods — as well as those containing the worldly belongings of many homeless folks.Jim Standart of Modesto wrote to ask why, if Modesto has an ordinance against stealing and abandoning the carts, so many turn up on bike paths and elsewhere."If the ordinance is unenforceable, then take it off the books," he said.
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The question is why did City Councilwoman Kristen Olsen put the ordinance on the books in the first place? Along with the dumpster diving ordinance it was bad legislation but good politics. Everyone wants clean city. The ordinances were a bad idea and dealt with a problem that was being taken care of by the private sector.