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Costa Mesa agrees to moratorium on controversial anti-solicitation ordinance

March 2, 2010 |  7:54 pm

Costa Mesa will stop enforcing its controversial anti-solicitation ordinance following an agreement reached with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, city officials said Tuesday evening.

City Atty. Kimberly Hall Barlow confirmed an earlier report from an ACLU attorney, who said that Costa Mesa agreed to a moratorium on enforcing the ordinance -- which prohibits anyone from actively soliciting work in public streets -- until the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on another case challenging a similar ordinance.

In exchange, the ACLU, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund will temporarily hold off pursuing their recently filed lawsuit that alleges Costa Mesa’s ordinance is unconstitutional.

The Daily Pilot has the details here.

-- Mona Shadia in Orange County