Readers Write: Illegal snow play

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California Penal Code 602.8, subdivision (a), states in relevant part, “Any person who without the written permission of the landowner, the owner’s agent, or the person in lawful possession of the land, willfully enters any lands under cultivation or enclosed by fence, belonging to, or occupied by, another, or who willfully enters upon uncultivated or unenclosed lands where signs forbidding trespass are displayed at intervals not less than three to the mile along all exterior boundaries and at all roads and trails entering the lands, is guilty of a public offense.”

Riverside County Ordinance 9.60.050, subdivision A, says, “It shall be unlawful and public nuisance to conduct a gathering of one or more persons on any private property in a manner which constitutes a substantial disturbance of the quiet enjoyment of private or public property in a neighborhood, as a result of conduct constituting a violation of law. Illustrative of such unlawful conduct is excessive noise or traffic, obstruction of public streets by crowds or vehicles, public drunkenness, the service of alcohol to minors, fights, disturbances of the peace and litter.”

California Vehicle Code 23112, subdivision (a), “No person shall throw or deposit, nor shall the registered owner or the driver, if such owner is not then present in the vehicle, aid or abet in the throwing or depositing upon any highway any bottle, can, garbage, glass, nail, offal, paper, wire, any substance likely to injure or damage traffic using the highway, or any noisome, nauseous, or offensive matter of any kind.”

  Trespass snow play, and associated crowds, vehicle noise, parking, littering, and body waste in and next to my yard is offensive and unlawful. Riverside County has a legal and moral obligation to enforce these laws, period: Chuck Washington, 951-955-1030; Kevin Jeffries, 951-955-1010; John Tavagliogne, 951-955-1020; Marion Ashley, 951-955-1050; Sheriff Stan Sniff, 951-791-3400.

Jeff Smith

Pine Cove

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