Santa Maria cracking down on library misbehavior
August 20, 2014
The city of Santa Maria has instituted a one-strike rule at its public library, in which misbehavers will face immediate bans of up to one year. [KSBY]
On Tuesday evening, the Santa Maria City Council voted 4-1 to change its library punitive system from a three-strikes approach to a no tolerance policy. Beginning in mid-September, any library patron who creates a public nuisance by way of confrontational, violent, dysfunctional or harassing behavior may receive of notice of exclusion for the library.
Santa Maria library staff has complained of having to cope with rowdy behavior and library users who bring large bags into the building, causing safety hazards.
The council tabled a second section of the ordinance Tuesday that would have prohibited patrons from bringing belongings into the library that are too large to fit under a chair. The council tabled the proposed rule after it generated outcry from members of the public.
Speakers during public comment said the proposed large bag prohibition discriminated against the homeless and denied them access to the library.