SEC. 42.00. REGULATION OF SOLICITING AND SALES IN STREETS.
(a) (Amended by Ord. No. 145,691, Eff. 5/2/74.) In this section, unless the context or subject matter otherwise requires:
“News racks” shall mean any self-service or coin-operated box, container, storage unit or other dispenser installed, used, or maintained for the display and sale of newspapers, news periodicals or other news publications.
“Newsstand” shall mean any stand, shelter, case, cabinet, box or other structure installed, used, or maintained for the display, sale or storage of newspapers, news periodicals or other news publications which is attended by the owner or his employee while making sales therefrom.
“Street” shall mean all that area dedicated to public use for public street purposes and shall include, but not be limited to roadways, parkways, alleys and sidewalks.
“Roadway” shall mean that portion of a street improved, designed, or ordinarily used for vehicular travel.
“Parkway” shall mean that area between the edge of the roadway and the adjacent property line excluding that area occupied by the sidewalks. Parkway shall also include any area within a roadway which is not open to vehicular travel.
“Sidewalk” shall mean any surface provided for the exclusive use of pedestrians.
(b) Street Sale of Goods Prohibited. (Amended by Ord. No. 169,319, Eff. 2/18/94.) No person, except as otherwise permitted by this section, shall on any sidewalk or street offer for sale, solicit the sale of, announce by any means the availability of, or have in his or her possession, control or custody, whether upon his or her person or upon some other animate or inanimate object, any goods, wares or merchandise which the public may purchase at any time. This subsection shall not apply to the sale of poppies, badges and labels as defined by Military and Veterans Code Section 1800 on a parkway or sidewalk by persons bearing a valid information card issued pursuant to Article 4 of this chapter authorizing such person to do so.
(c) Street-Soliciting Employment of Services Prohibited. (Amended by Ord. No. 145,691, Eff. 5/2/74.)
(1) No person, except as otherwise permitted by this section, shall on any street offer for sale, solicit the employment of, or announce by any means the availability of, any goods, wares, merchandise, services or facilities, or solicit patrons for or advertise any show, exhibition, entertainment, tour, excursion, sight-seeing trip, or real estate viewing or inspection trip. (Amended by Ord. No. 169,319, Eff. 2/18/94.)
(2) No person who is visible or audible to any person on any street shall, in a loud, boisterous, raucous, offensive or insulting manner, offer for sale, solicit the purchase of, announce the availability of, or solicit the employment of any goods, wares, merchandise, services or facilities, or solicit patronage for or advertise any show, exhibition, entertainment tour, excursion sight-seeing trip, real estate, or oil well viewing or inspection trip.
(3) Nothing in Paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be so construed as to apply to a sight-seeing tour operating under and by virtue of a permit from and regulations of the Public Utilities Commission of the State of California and for which tour a fixed charge is made to the person carried.
The best advice is just do not answer your door if you are not expecting someone. Those “peep-holes” are really a great investment esepcially if a potential burgalar knocks first, there is no answer and then tries to come in the back. You can keep an eye on them and if you see them not “leaving” call 911 immediately!