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Port of San Diego Adopts Newsrack Ordinance

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The Board of Port Commissioners has adopted a new ordinance that regulates newsracks found along the tidelands managed by the Port of San Diego.

This ordinance will become effective on July 12, 2013.

The District's proposed ordinance is two-tiered and sets out provisions for newsracks owned by the Port in an area of the North Embarcadero (between Navy Pier and B Street Pier), and for newsracks owned by publishers on the remainder of District tidelands throughout the five member cities of the Port of San Diego.

The goals of the ordinance are to:

  • Provide access to news and information
  • Maintain aesthetics
  • Provide unimpeded pedestrian access
  • Ensure public safety

The ordinance requires publishers follow an application process for newsrack spaces and to be subject to a field enforcement program.

Staff from Harbor Police, the Port Attorney's Office, Real Estate and Strategy & Business Development conducted two public outreach meetings in 2012 to discuss and review the draft newsrack ordinance.

Changes were incorporated into the ordinance based on feedback from a number of stakeholders, including the San Diego County Grand Jury. The ordinance is also consistent with newsrack ordinances of Port of San Diego member cities.

The ordinance is designed to accomplish the above goals by:

  • Restricting newsrack "clusters" in public spaces
  • Ensuring that newsracks are located at safe distances from crosswalks, bus stops, ADA ramps, driveways, building entrances/exits, and public gathering areas.
  • Regulates the size and aesthetics of the newsracks, requiring proper maintenance and appropriate insurance on the part of the newsrack owners.

The Port District will implement a field enforcement program, which may result in removal of any newsracks that do not follow the ordinance. There will also be further outreach to stakeholders.

About the Port:

The Port of San Diego is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California. It was created by the state legislature in 1962. Since then, it has invested millions of dollars in public improvements in its five member cities – Chula VistaCoronadoImperial BeachNational City and San Diego.

The port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 18 public parks, the Harbor Police Department and the leases of more than 600 tenant and sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.

The Port of San Diego is an economic engine, an environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding tidelands, and a provider of community services and public safety.